love it. I am listening to the mc252 while I type this. sounds fantastic. My other components are : mcintosh c220, mcv-861 and B&W 804 s
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It is the highest value amp McIntosh has ever made, IMO. It sounds almost exactly like the 402 but costs a lot less. I will probably end up getting a 252 myself.
Compared to the many other amps I have heard, the latest McIntoshes are extremely hard to beat. They have a liquidity to their sound that allows music to pour out of the speakers totally unhindered. They have awesome detail and dynamics but not at the expense of emotion, natural timbre, or coherence. You can't go wrong with them.
This is interesting for me. In the next few days I will buy either a MC252 or a MC402. I plan on pairing it with a C220. My question is do I need the extra Umph a 402 allows. My speakers are unapologetically Bose 901s. I cannot hear a difference between the 2 amps. My listening room is not really large ( 15 x 20 ) What do you think? Is more power usually better ?
1+ years from my above post I still love this amp. I think you should get a 252 or move direct to 501s. I also love the shorter size of these amps. 250 RMS (this amp puts out 325 RMS or 30% than published in reality) should be ample for most speakers.
Enjoy reading the Tone Audio 2009 review,