New Parasound 2250 or Used McCormack DNA-1?

I've heard great things about the McCormack DNA-1, but it sounds like Steve McCormack is not servicing or upgrading them anymore. Any thoughts out there on a clean but well-used DNA-1 (the original model, not the Deluxe or Rev 1) versus a new Parasound 2250?

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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,900
    The DNA 0.5 bested the HCA 1500a in my system if that helps at all.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,812
    cheeg wrote: »
    I've heard great things about the McCormack DNA-1, but it sounds like Steve McCormack is not servicing or upgrading them anymore. Any thoughts out there on a clean but well-used DNA-1 (the original model, not the Deluxe or Rev 1) versus a new Parasound 2250?

    SMC works on McCormack amps, and also Conrad Johnson, since they bought 'em up.

    I'd personally take a McCormack over a Parasound any day, and that's not a dig on Parasound as they have fine amps themselves. The McCormacks are simply better.
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 1,944
    edited December 3
    McCormack all the way for me though as I have posted previously I've not heard the Parasound.
    I think Conrad Johnson bought out the McCormack brand - Conrad Johson used to servcice them as well as Steve did at SMC. CJ may have stopped, not sure, but I as far as I'm aware SMC has been working on these amps at least very recently. I have one that was upgraded just last year, and another Polkie just received his back in the last month or two as I recalI,
    I have the DNA-1 Standard, and it is no slouch whatsoever. I'm sure the upgrades are worth it, but I can say you are unlikely to know what you're missing until you hear them. A fantastic amp.
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  • cheegcheeg Posts: 11
    Thank you all for your responses! A follow-up question: if SMC and Conrad Johnson is no longer servicing them, as MrBuhl suggests, is there a reliable alternative short of an expensive upgrade?
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 855
    edited December 3
    cheeg wrote: »
    Thank you all for your responses! A follow-up question: if SMC and Conrad Johnson is no longer servicing them, as MrBuhl suggests, is there a reliable alternative short of an expensive upgrade?

    I don't believe Mr Buhl wasn't suggesting Steve wasn't working on the amps, just not at the CJ location.
    I just received my DNA-1 back from SMC, they performed a Platinum Ultra upgrade. I would say you are safe.
  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 1,944
    ^^ Correct - sorry for any confusion ^^
    VA HT HK AVR20II, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Polk Audio RC80i / Polk Audio CSi3, 60" Panasonic Plasma, Nordost / Signal Cable A2 / Wireworld / Pangea / Magic Power
    VA 2 Channel , McCormack DNA 0.5 (SMc Gold) Amp, MFA based Cocci Tube Preamp, Polk SDA2BTL (fully modded), A/L 1000VA Dreadnought, Canare 4s11 SDA cable, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Music Hall mmf 5.1 Turntable, Vincent Pho-700 Phono Pre, MIT S3 IC's / MIT Shotgun S3 Speaker Cables / Pangea & Signal Cable MP power
    Noggin Schiit Valhalla, Pangea, Phillips Fidelio X1, Polk UF8000
    LA Toobs Dodd Audio 50wpc Dual Mono Amp, Eastern Electric MiniMax Preamp, Polk LSIM705, Marantz DV8300 SACD, VPI Nomad Turntable w/Ortofon 2M Bronze, MIT AVt3 Speaker & RCA Cables, Pangea & Signal Cable MP power

    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
    Polk SDA1c modded
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Yamaha YP-D6
    Bottlehead Foreplay (modded)
    Signal Cable Silver Resolution IC's
    Audible Illusions L1 Preamp
    McCormack DNA-1 Power Drive Amp
    Eastern Electric Minimax CDP
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