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: 5,043
    The DNA 0.5 bested the HCA 1500a in my system if that helps at all.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,768
    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: 2,308
    edited December 2017
    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: 1,212
    edited December 2017
    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: 2,308
    ^^ Correct - sorry for any confusion ^^
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    VA 2 Channel ,Dodd 50W Dual Mono EL34 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 Pass Labs X150.5 Amp, Eastern Electric MiniMax Preamp, Polk LSIM705, Marantz DV8300 SACD, Audioengine B1, MIT AVt3 Speaker & RCA Cables, PS Audio Power Punch power cables

    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
    Polk SDA1c modded
    Polk CRS+ 4.1TL modded (need veneer)
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Yamaha YP-D6
    Signal Cable Silver Resolution IC's
    Audible Illusions L1 Preamp
    McCormack DNA-1 Power Drive Amp
    Eastern Electric Minimax CDP
    Infinity RS5b Speakers

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