Older Mac gear is very colored in comparison.
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Try to hear the Mac in your system or a similar system before you buy. But if you really like the Mac sound then go with Mac, don't worry about other components. The beginning and end of wisdom in audio is to learn what sound WE prefer and to stick to it and not obsess about all the other possibilities out there. That way lies madness and financial ruin.
i want to revive this thread. I'm in this very same situtation.
Currently have a marantz 2215, definately want to upgrade.
Looking at the Cambridge 550a integrated w/ the Cambridge 640P or 540P phonp pre's. Also, looking at a McIntosh MC2505 and a C26.
The Cambridge audio is brand spanking new, and likely wouldnt need any attention other than burn-in and is covered by warranty--but it lacks the over all sex-appeal and would probably be something I look to upgrade after a few years.
The MC stuff would be more expensive, and likely require some servicing, and theres always a risk with buying vintage gear, but I would be less likely to upgrade this anytime soon.
Really stuck here. Does classic always conquer new? Or is there something to be said for the 'assumed' reliability of a new product? Also, sub-points, I'm budget consious at 26 years young and primarily listen to vinyl.