i bought my first mcintosh unit, an mc2205 power amp back in the early 2000's! i later bought an mc 602 power amp in 2011. i used to have a marantz 4300 quad reciever for a pre amp tuner but it was too noisy. in 2013 i bought a mx132 home theater unit to use as a tuner pre amp to match my mc602. i only listen in the 2 chanell mode. i'm not an audiophile so i don't know the difference that many audiophiles know. some say that other units are better sounding but if you have'nt heard them you don't know what your're missing! this is where i stand!
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whatjd, you really haven't given us with enough information to provide you with a useful answer. McIntosh is a manufacturer who has been in business for a long time. They have made a variety of gear in all types. Are you interested in new mac gear, classic mac solid state amps, vintage mac tube gear or ???
I'm not a mac solid state fan. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with this gear; it's just not for me. But I have owned several vintage mac tube amps and they were excellent. What are you looking for, specifically? If you can narrow if down a bit I think you will see more reponses
br3098, Thanks for your input. I would be using any electronics in one of two systems. The main system would be with Maggie 20 and the second system would be with Quads. I have used several different source units, but I also listen to 2 great college FM stations, one classical and one just superb classic Jazz. I do listen to some stations off the internet, but not many,.
Having been a fan of much in the world of music, I started my audio journey in my teen years and have enjoyed the journey since then. In the early years it was the Rock & Roll of the day. Starting in my 20s I became a fan of great American Jazz and some classical and have followed that since. Some of the best live American Jazz I have enjoyed was in Jazz bars in Copenhagen at 2 a.m.
Take care, Jim
You’re going to get a variety of answers here, some of them from people who have never owned a Mac, some from others who have limited experience that led to a strong prejudice.
My two suggestions: First, consider that for McIntosh to have thrived in the audio business for more than 70 years, the company must be doing something right.
Second, if you want to gauge the experience others have had with Mac, go to a site where you’ll find lots of ’em. Audio Aficionado is one of the best but one note of caution - that site doesn’t tolerate some of the trash talk that’s become common here. But that means the responses you get at AA will be more likely to be responsive to your inquiry.
cleeds is on a roll. This is good dependable gear from a good dependable company. I have owned several of their tuners over the years and they were SOTA. If you want a no hassle experience, bullet proof equipment and are not after the last 5% of sound quality Mac is the way to go except for one thing, the speakers. They are awful.
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