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Preamp and Amp how much influence each contributes?
I’ve had over 60 amps and probably 25 preamps and in my experience there is a bigger range of performance with preamps than amps.  Volume is tough to do well, and input selectors are a can of worms despite looking simple, not to mention amplifying... 
Disappointing On Mcintosh......help
I hate to tell you, but auditions like that are a waste of time.  You don’t know what you’re hearing.  If you don’t develop a reference point for yourself, you’re just wondering around making meaningless comments.Buy what you want and give it a tr... 
Seriously considering tube preamp…opinions?
If this thread is any indication, the only solution is to “buy and try” as I always say. I’ve owned 60+ amps, and currently own 12 of them.  They all have different strengths and musical preferences.  There is no “best.”  My suggestion is that you... 
McIntosh MC152 vs MC162
I have owned a 2125, 7100, 7200, 122, 202, 162, 452, and 152.  The 152 is the best I’ve had by far, better than the 452 even.  They really lucked out with its circuit.  The 162 is good for the money but a bit grainy and with a constricted soundsta... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Hi Sandy - Yikes!  I think this issue is even more widespread than it seems.  That's the nature of this kind of problem.The unfortunate part about it is that, fundamentally, this is not a problem McIntosh had any control over - the transistors are... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Ok!  McIntosh finally came through.  Unfortunately, they did not want to swap the amps out for us (as Ayre has done for the exact same problem and situation), but they did send us 4 complete heatsink assemblies that are fully-populated and tested,... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Hi garebear, nice to hear from you!Hi chazzzy, ok well wish him good luck. It has now been 55 days and still no parts, and no emails in the last 2 weeks. To add insult to injury, I got an automatic reply from the Customer Service Manager just now ... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Hi g_nakamoto,  it's normal that both are overheating because they both have bad transistors in them.  The ThermalTrak transistors are the problem (which were made by On Semi, not McIntosh).  Going by the amp serial numbers, there appears to be hu... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
He bought them new from a McIntosh dealer, but they are out of warranty by 2.5 years. However, Ayre didn’t care if they were under warranty or not - they repaired them all regardless. In fact, there is a thread about all this on another forum wher... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
McIntosh has finally arrived at a decision, after a month of back-and-forth, and it isn’t nearly as good as Ayre’s unconditional warranty for the same issue: they will only pay for parts in the form of built-up heatsinks. My buddy feels this is an... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Hey Jerry!  Great to hear from you.  I probably won't become a regular again (it seems little has changed around here lol) but it's nice to hear from you and the others that have messaged me directly.The 501s have different output devices, so you ... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Thanks guys for the feedback.  Yes, Ayre did a great job taking care of this problem.  Wonderful customer service.  I am in the market for a VXR Twenty as a result!I've had 21 pieces of McIntosh and never had a problem, other than a cosmetic issue... 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Clearthink - your input is still not relevant.Any McIntosh owners out there with overheating amplifiers?  Thanks 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Emails between me and McIntosh are obviously still ongoing. Now please go away, again.The point of the post was to ask if anyone else has had an overheating problem yet. Thanks to any who can offer relevant input. 
McIntosh (MC601) amplifier overheating problem
Good grief, you again.  If you have doubts about my understanding of McIntosh, I suggest you read the 1000+ posts of mine from 15 years ago.  Until then, stop your useless assumptions.What I am presenting here is reality.  As I've already stated, ...