Why the hate for mcintosh amps?


Why dont people,like mcintosh? Who motivates this?

so what are the alternatives??
emergingsoul
so what are the alternatives??

seriously?

do you not look in the marketplace?

seems you like to start things regarding Mcintosh 
I've heard several and NEVER did anything for me. No I don't hate MAC just would never buy one. YMMV
McIntosh are excellent amplifiers. They are loved by a lot of people. They have a rich midrange and lots of bass. They are excellent for Rock music when paired with the right speakers. Personally, I do not like them. I love the look and have gone into audio shops with the express purpose of buying one and within 30 seconds abandoned the idea. A real lack of detail and balance to me. My audio guy sells them. A few years ago he said they changed and added detail… that I should listen again… it took me less than thirty seconds to realize again… sounded like a Mac to me. I left the room immediately.

It is a matter of taste. The brand is hugely popular. They are well built and most guys love the look… to virtually every woman’s disappointment… “not in my house”.
"any guy loves the look"
Speak for yourself young man!
I corrected myself… most guys. I guess I should alway strike all from any comment. 
emergingsoul,
Shame on you. Obviously a provocative troll of a subject covered a hundred times before. To each his own.
Q:  Why are McIntosh amps black and blue?

A:  Because people hate them.

DeKay

That's mildly amusing is a grade school way.
Love them, can not afford them. 
   Would love the 1000W monos. They,cost more than both our cars combined.  :)

they are great components!

Wrong questions. Here is an alternative: What are the reasons some are hateful ["arousing, deserving of, or filled with hatred"]? 

Hint: it has nothing to do with the component / brand.

Why dont people,like mcintosh? Who motivates this?

so what are the alternatives??

50 years with Mac, last June. There are products I don't care for and I don't buy them. The prices have always been high. The return has always been high.

I like Mac Vintage tube gear more so than anything else. BUT!  There are some special sounding SS preamps that are really nice too. C45 and a MX120, No idea why, don't care why.. The C2200 on up all are good units. I have a C2500 that is just wonderful. I use a Cary V12r, Six Pacs, (on loan) pair of 211s (pretty nice).

I've paired them with Samra C11, 20, MX110s (2), C22, C2200, MX120, C50, MX150, MX160, C2500, C2600.

I owned 601, 1.2k, a pair of MC2300 and MC2500 at the same time, the only thing I ever seen make the house light dim when they were firing up.

MC240, MC2300 (2) and a MC2500, will net you a 300.00 increase in your electric bill, 20 years ago. MY WIFE had a cow...NO $hit, me too.

I went with James B and some modded Ampzilla's he had and sold all the SS Mac, gear at a whoppin' profit I might add.. My PG&E went to the normal 50.00 increase..

I still have 25+ pieces of Mac valve Vintage..

Listen to a tricked out MC225 or 240 or a pair of MC30 or 60 with the right valves.. C11,20,22 or MX110z. Mercy..

Same type of speakers, small planars and ribbons.

The only thing missing. A REMOTE!!
Like hating the Yankees. No payoff.
Why dont people,like mcintosh? Who motivates this?

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Same deal with Jadis around here, Don’t feel Mac is the only lab gets bad rap.
Seriously
I heard
Dyano ST70 modded
Allen Oran KT120 amps
EL34 designed by a loacal master
250 tube designed by same master(pure Colbalt out trans @ 1 G each!!),
Honestly, seriously
straing shooting, they all sound prerrty close to the Defy KT88
Thats 5 amsp, ina blaind shootout you’d be lucky to guess which is on the speakers.
Throw in the Mac, again, lucky guess.

The only thing that really matters is how’s the quality build, meaning repair factor.
Jadis built to last forever with no repairs.
Thats why i like Jadis,
All tube amps sound pretty much same.

I wouldn’t go Mac as they are over priced and too heavy.

Based on what i know about these amps today,,I would not have bought the Defy @  $4K nor modded at $2k

I'd buya  Cayin EL34 , or my friends EL34, or a  Allen Organ mono blocks. 
Of the budget chinese 845 I will purcahse in December.
can't wait....
.= will sound very close to the Defy,,,
 just buying to watch the 845 light up at night in a  dark room,,
sooo, cool
of course while on the speakers...

My friends 250/6 watt tube amp with pure colbalt  out trans $3300,
= same bass slam as this Mac on most speakers

This might  be part of your answer to this mystery, of **Mac Bashing**

https://www.audioadvice.com/shop-by-brand/mcintosh/mcintosh-ma7200-200-watt-receiver
who REALLY needs 
200 pure true bonifide 200 watts per cahnnel??
My WBers really work best with 1 watters.
Defy @ saolid 100 watts, using linestange at say 9 oclock = 85 watts NOT needed.
My friends 6 watt 250 tube, at 10 oclock its 85SPL 
= 4 watts NOT  needed.
200???
For what? magneplanar 3 pannel speakers?? Guess so.
The green bling. The green LEDs under the tubes. Otherwise, the old MC275 is a classic.
What makes you think of it as hate.

I have McIntosh gear - sounds wonderful. 
That doesn’t imply other manufacturers don’t make awesome sounding equipment. 
Additionally, my statement doesn’t suggest there’s a value per dollar associated with McIntosh that’s better or worse than other manufacturers. 
Enjoy the music. And the system you’re listening to in the moment because life changes:)
Sluggish and fat: no leading edge or decay. Wallbanging greatness. Muscle amps like muscle cars: good in a straight line
@antigrunge2 .


Well, I put it a bit more tactfully, but, yes, you nailed it.
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‘Tactful’, such a nicely ambiguous word in this context….
Yeah, McIntosh amps, especially tube amps, are terrible.  I will pay shipping to my address and will properly dispose of them.
I don´t like McIntosh amplifiers, but they are hell of a piece in terms of audio gear. I prefer Krell, Accuphase, Hegel, and some others.
So explain to me why there are amps they sold in the 1980s for $500 new and are selling today on eBay for $4000. I’ve been buying and selling their stuff now for two years and I’ve never lost money I’ve only made money on it. I’ve been buying my stuff for over two years now I turn it on and never turn it off. In my opinion it sounds great and it’s a safe place to put your money if you’re going to spend tens of thousands on equipment.
I love the appearance of them and appreciate their holding value.  I wanted to love them on my first system and found them lacking compared to modern amplifiers in the late 90’s.  I recently came back to 2 channel and had the money for them and wanted to live them again.  Both amps on the stand and covered.  A 999 dollar ss class d were clearly better.  Analogy would be jeep, and Harley Davidson, and Rolex.  They have outdated technology or performance thwt commands high prices. 
I love the appearance of them and appreciate their holding value.  I wanted to love them on my first system and found them lacking compared to modern amplifiers in the late 90’s.  I recently came back to 2 channel and had the money for them and wanted to live them again.  Both amps on the stand and covered.  A 999 dollar ss class d were clearly better.  Analogy would be jeep, and Harley Davidson, and Rolex.  They have outdated technology or performance thwt commands high prices. 
I have auditioned and listened to McIntosh amps through the years and have come to the conclusion that their tube amps sound very different from their solid state amps. You can probably guess which one sounded better than the other. 
McIntosh is like Buick…its a fine vehicle, offends no one unless they are easily offended and the Asian market loves them disproportionately. 

In addition, people to whom a Buick is a high priced luxury vehicle, it is. I seem to recall that the nuns were adamant that it was a sin to disturb the faith of others.
Easy answer - Macintosh today is owned Lock Stock and Barrel by Private Equity money - if you know anything about companies purchased by PE the end user is buying 100 % Marketing !!!!
@atlanticstereo

Would you enlighten us as to why all private equity is bad? By definition, private equity is one or more entities investing in a business whose ownership interests are traded between private hands, rather than interests whose shares are publicly traded. McIntosh is owned to a substantial degree by its key personnel.

I’m neither friend nor foe of McIntosh, I just happen to have mild contempt toward those whose first post carries a negative tone.
For a company that has been around since 1949 (that’s nearly 3 quarters of a century). To say that they are hated is pure uneducated drivel. What facts do have to support this thesis??? An audio chat room read by tens of people🤥😱🤡.

They sell millions of dollars of equipment every year, audio amp, pre amps, turntables, speakers, CD, Dac, streamer,  video, home theater, car audio.

What a waste of time I contributed to. Slow Friday I guess 😴 
" Easy answer - Macintosh today is owned Lock Stock and Barrel by Private Equity money - if you know anything about companies purchased by PE the end user is buying 100 % Marketing !!!!"

- I thought Macintosh once made computers and McIntosh made audio gear. We are well aware of who owns McIntosh, however the build quality and service remains high and still made in Binghamton, NY. They enjoy a large customer base, based on performance and what I described above.
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Somebody still loves McIntosh because pretty much every unit is at least an 8-week wait or more for delivery. Seems they can't make enough fast enough right now.
Sorry to say: but I don’t like McIntosh : I mis the “feelings” of natural sound.
25 y.ago I did like it: what they changed in that decennia, I don’t know:maybe , it isn’t  completely handmade anymore , other engineers … a lot of people  using the same kind of speakers: B&W , Wilson, S.Faber……no, not my stuff.  I prefer VAC, Ear, Wavac…
Wow!   Too many strange options.  Never knew so many hate McIntosh?  I think most think Mac owners are a bunch of snobbish pricks.  Some probably are but most are just fans like myself.  Not for all but for this older audiophile, they are still the pinnacle of sound to me.  
There is a high-fi dealer that has been trying to sell a new McIntosh C-53 pre-amp for months on Audiogon .  When I asked him why his customer traded in this new model so quickly, he replied that people buy Masc for the blue meters but performance in not always that great.  I duuno.  My firtst "audio level" Mac product was the very versatile MAS-6200 integrated amp. To my ears, it sounded fine, very fine. I now have a MA-6900 integrated and have been pleased with that also. The only difference in SQ is when i moved several times and my room acoustics changed. Now on the advice of an Absolute Sound reviewer, I'm look at the Benchmark amp and intend to use only the pre-amp side of the Mac.
Don't shoot the Messanger just stating facts - in my experience over the last 25 years in being in the AV industry every time a Private Equity company purchases a product that has been manufactured with Soul and Passion it ceases to have the build quality. If you know how a PE makes money, it's plan is to recoup its investment in 3 to 5 years from the purchase date. Think....How can they do that ? Find a way to make it cheaper and open up distribution... Shocking ? Who sells your beloved Mac now ? BB ? You can find it all over the net ... Go back in time and research how many great companies ( Fosgate, Levinson, Boston Accoustics, Infinity, Warfdale, Denon, Marantz, Pioneer Elite, Sunfire I can go on and on)  that were purchased by PE and where are they now ? Mac has weathered the test of time because it still looks great and it has a loyal following in the Asian market. I'm not saying its a bad product just not the same product that got its reputation when Frank McIntosh started the company in 1948. 
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When I have a Mac attack I go Big [Mac) with fries and a coke. 
For my amp I prefer bespoke. 
Like Rolex -They are high profile & hold their value only because they are overpriced to begin with & certainly not in the top 5 or 10 of audio or watchmaking.
I do not hate McIntosh - But never cared for their looks or sound so I never owned any of their gear - I do think their speakers are a very bad joke!
Now Rolex on the other hand is a brand I really love to bash!!!
Well emergingsoul, you got what you wanted. Happy now? Like most trolls, you start a fire and walk away.
The only time I see posts of people stating negative comments about McIntosh equipment is when someone asks why others always post negative comments about McIntosh equipment. Who cares if there are people that don't like McIntosh equipment? Buy what works for your ears and stop trying to get the on-line hive mind to agree with your choices. Some people just like to post negative comments to get others riled up. 

Cheers.
There continues to be many McIntosh fans as reflected by the company’s longevity and sales. But there are also a very large number other amplifier manufacturers at all price points with technological advances of their own to choose from. I suspect the OP is a fan of McIntosh but erroneously assumes if you’re not a lover you’re a hater when it’s all just a matter of preference…and pocketbook…

so what are the alternatives??
really? There are tons of other amps - seems like trolling 

@atlanticstereoYour post indicates an innocent but erroneous opinion of the role that VC/PE firms serve to a business. My reply to your post below is intended only to provide perspective, not to throw shade your way.

Don't shoot the Messanger just stating facts - in my experience over the last 25 years in being in the AV industry every time a Private Equity company purchases a product that has been manufactured with Soul and Passion it ceases to have the build quality. If you know how a PE makes money, it's plan is to recoup its investment in 3 to 5 years from the purchase date. Think....How can they do that ? Find a way to make it cheaper and open up distribution... Shocking ? Who sells your beloved Mac now ? BB ? You can find it all over the net ... Go back in time and research how many great companies ( Fosgate, Levinson, Boston Accoustics, Infinity, Warfdale, Denon, Marantz, Pioneer Elite, Sunfire I can go on and on)  that were purchased by PE and where are they now ? Mac has weathered the test of time because it still looks great and it has a loyal following in the Asian market. I'm not saying its a bad product just not the same product that got its reputation when Frank McIntosh started the company in 1948.

PE firms aggregate cash and invest it to make a return on their investment. They don’t make charitable grants. Many of the firms you mention above as having been ruined by PE were actually rescued (or not) from an inevitable extinction by the infusion of cash or more accurately in some cases they were sold a bill of goods by a founder(s) who were looking for an exit strategy to monetize their life’s work. 
The high end audio industry is a tough slog from a business standpoint to make a market or better rate of return on their imvestments. So many in our hobby view those engaged in the hifi business, be it in retail or manufacturing, as being in the business to serve the hobby in some monastic and altruistically pure manner. Thats unfair and an unreasonable position to take. Like McIntosh or don’t. Appreciate the role VC/PE plays or don’t but please at least make a cursory attempt to understand what you are talking about before commenting.

Full disclosure: I am not engaged in VC/PE or high end audio although I have investments in VC/PE firms.


What can I say, I love my McIntosh system. But I rarely say that I am on this forum because there are so many folks that will flame you. Go ahead I do not care...!
I bought my first new amp in decades just before the pandemic started. I was considering a SS integrated Mac but in the end it came down to looks after considering everything else. I'm not a fan of their blue lights. I went with a Yamaha A-S3000 instead. However since hearing tube gear I sold the Yamaha and now have a PrimaLuna EVO 400 power amp. 
Like Mark Levinson, Mc stuff is very well made with some of the best parts available.  Mc was started a lot like Audio Research, with someone asking a friend to come up with a component for their personal system.

We found that Mc was nice looking, made very well, broke about the same as other "high-end" electronics, and had its fans.

Sound-wise, it was not in the same league as some of the later brands, but the again, speakers improved dramatically when Jim Winey and Magnepan came out.

We had some old Mc stuff--275 tube amps, etc., and some old Marantz stuff--7, 8, 9, etc.  It was OK, but compared to the newer tube designs and more revealing (non-box) speakers, these products were simply not as accurate as the newer designs.

SO, a lot of our Dr. and Attorney clients liked Mc, and Jimmy Ryder in his Miami stores (Hi Fi Associates) sold tons of it. We could not get the line--back then things were very tight in awarding lines to dealers "close" to each other.  That's OK.  We understood that people liked the brand and the various box speakers that they drove with it.  We just did not think it was equal to the newer products back then (1970's-1990's).

These days, I have no idea what they do or how well they do it, but I assume there are still many Mc fans out there.  Enjoy!

Cheers!
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