It looks nice, aberyclark. Have you heard it?
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It's new. I believe dealers are now taking orders. I think it's making its big debut at RMAF and shipping late September. The lower level MA252 got good reviews. I'm hoping this one sounds even better.
I would actually consider selling my current PS Audio tube BHK pre amp and go with something like this.
Many people using separate components deliberately choose a tube preamp and pair it with a solid-state power amp. Each approach has its benefits, and this “hybrid” approach seeks the best of both worlds. So, why not look for an integrated amp that offers the possibility of synergy along with simplicity?
I’m a big McIntosh fan, owning both tube and solid state and, honestly, i find the mixing of the two to be weird, esthetically. The front doesn’t feel like the front. Having the tube cages forever reflecting off the glass feels like a mistake, and having dual badging on the sides.
contrast that with the MC275, which feels so right. Anyway, i’m sure it sounds amazing which trumps all, i guess...
When I was a kid I will never forget going to a stereo store in NYC with my father. They sold Macs and he got bitten (me too). His last pride and joy system some years back was Mac gear with Tannoy speakers. My mom gave them away!!! Mom!!! I’ll omit the curse words. Naturally I have always had an affinity for Mac.
This could be tempting to me...the 5-band tone control (a nice way not to say equalizer) included. In my room that would/could help? Oh course dang fine stereos don’t use tone controls. I can’t think of anyone I know who has anything like that. And yet more tweaking options are tempting. Dig the blue glow but not the slime green.
Currenly using a PrimaLuna HP w/ KT 120’s driving somewhat power hungry Sonus Faber Guarneri evolutions. Going from 84 watts to 200 watts might/might not be the ticket.
I own a MA252 and I love it. Best purchase I've made in a long time. Even my wife who typically doesn't care for this stuff comments how much better everything songs.
For me, I want high-end sound, but I also want simplicity. I don't want a huge rack of 10 components and cables (interconnects?) going everywhere. I'm not fortunate enough to have a listening room where I can have an amp sitting on the floor with crazy foam panels on the wall. I just like having my turntable for analog and my BlueNode for digital. It's simple and sounds great.
However, I do feel McIntosh is coming out with too many products. This MA352, the proportions just look weird. It looks too wide, perhaps I'm just used to my MA252 though. But it seems they're rolling out some new variation every week. That MTI100 turntable/streamer/integrated amp is a Frankenstein disaster. I'm sure it sounds good but it's like they're just throwing McIntosh design components together to form new products. The same with this MA352, throw in the blue meters, the solid state amp, and some McIntosh tubes in some new configuration and let's call it something new. It's kinda like how Taco Bell only has 5 ingredients and they keep rearranging them to get new items.
I heard the same design team is considering bringing back Sonus Faber integrated amps.
I prefer the motto of Keep It Simple Stupid. I hope McIntosh Group doesn't try to over-expand and find themselves in a financial crunch.
Wow, not much love for Mac here. I'm a relative newcomer to home audio...since the late '70s anyway. I remember Mac back then was considered among the elite. Since I've been out of home audio for 40+ years I'm trying to get up to speed regarding all the brands of components. I've always thought of McIntosh as some of the finest audio gear money can buy. But they seem to have a lot of detractors these days. As far as I can tell they still produce some top notch stuff although I've only auditioned one Mac amp in the last 6 months. I thought it sounded good. But they sure seem to take a lot of hits on the forums.