Ordered a McIntosh

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  • mpitogompitogo Posts: 303
    edited November 2018
    Very nice! I’m a huge fan of the Polk and McIntosh combo. I know of at least one other here who also agrees. I dabble in a bit of the same with an LSi25 with an MA5200 and an LSiM 707 with a C47/MC452.

    I previously had the LSiM 707 powered by a Rotel RB-1590 but swapped it for a McIntosh MC452, no comparison, hands down the Mac is so much better. The RB-1590 was not struggling, it’s no slouch in the power dept but there was just something in the McIntosh presentation that made songs like Kim Petras’ TRANSylvania play with authority yet smooth and non fatiguing.

    Those two companies could have been sisters, at one point McIntosh was owned by D&M Holdings but later sold McIntosh to Fine Sounds and recently Sound United parent of Polk acquires D+M Group (formerly D&M Holdings former owner of McIntosh).
    Living Room Music-2.0 Polk LSiM 707 | McIntosh C47 | Macintosh MC452 | Denon DP-2500A | Oppo BDP-103 | MacMini
    Family Room Home Theater-7.2.2 (Atmos) Polk LSi25, Martin Logan Motion 50xt, Dual DSW microPRO 3000, fx500, T15, RC65i | Marantz SR7009 | McIntosh MA5200 HT-passthrough & independent 2.0 | Sony UBP-X800 4K | Xbox One S 4K | AppleTV | HTPC | Sony 75” XBR X850D 4K
    Office Home Theater-5.1 Polk RT55, CS400, PSW450, T15 | Onkyo TX-SR705 | Xbox 360 MCE | AppleTV | Samsung 55”
    Office Music-2.0 KEF Q100 | Sansui AU-6900 | Sansui FR-1080
    Master Bedroom Music-2.0 Totem Hawk | Rotel RA-1570
    Patio Music-2.0 Polk Atrium8 | AMC 2445 bridged
    Airplay zones: Family Room (HDMI), Master Bedroom (Optical), Office (HDMI), Living Room (Optical), MA5200 (Optical), SR7009 (AVR direct) and Patio (analog). MacMini iTunes multi-stream to any, combo or all.
    Spares: Polk LSiC, CS300, T15, Martin Logan Motion 40, Dynamo 500, Rotel RB-1590, Denon AVR-4802R, Onkyo DX-C540, Nelson Pass ACA v1.6 Monoblocks, Sony CDP-491, STR DE715, DVP-S500D, PS HX-500
    Maintenance: Pro-Ject VC-S Record Cleaning Machine
  • mpitogo wrote: »
    Very nice! I’m a huge fan of the Polk and McIntosh combo. I know of at least one other here who also agrees. I dabble in a bit of the same with an LSi25 with an MA5200 and an LSiM 707 with a C47/MC452.

    I previously had the LSiM 707 powered by a Rotel RB-1590 but swapped it for a McIntosh MC452, no comparison, hands down the Mac is so much better. The RB-1590 was not struggling, it’s no slouch in the power dept but there was just something in the McIntosh presentation that made songs like Kim Petras’ TRANSylvania play with authority yet smooth and non fatiguing.

    Those two companies could have been sisters, at one point McIntosh was owned by D&M Holdings but later sold McIntosh to Fine Sounds and recently Sound United parent of Polk acquires D+M Group (formerly D&M Holdings former owner of McIntosh).

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience and the company info.

    McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, LUMIN D2 Network Music Player, Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers. Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • minerminer Posts: 1,163
    Didn't Sound United acquire Classe'?
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,590
    miner wrote: »
    Didn't Sound United acquire Classe'?

    yes
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,779
    ….and I believe Classe acquired McCormack. Dang, this is all starting to sound like an Irish family tree.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,021
    tonyb wrote: »
    ….and I believe Classe acquired McCormack. Dang, this is all starting to sound like an Irish family tree.

    Sort of like a lodgepole pine?

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    Kinda short on branches. :p
  • Listened to the MA-252 at local McIntosh dealer. Combination of features, power, build quality and sonics is perhaps the best offering per dollar by McIntosh. Simply a wonderful sounding unit with plenty of power in an elegant compact design. Enjoy.
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    -George Orwell
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,444
    Congrats! It's bigger than I thought it was. Those tubes really glow brightly too. B)

    A wife's smiling because of our audio system's sound is hard to aquire I think. I know it happens so it isn't an impossibility but it is more illusive than getting "the look" when we show them a piece of gear or speakers that we're really proud of finally owning.

    Now if we could just get them to peruse audio catalogues like Music Direct and have them suggest the next purchase/s, that would be a great week indeed. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,444
    I love your clean set-up! B)

    Unless you sit really low, I think taller stands would improve those Signatures sound stage a lot. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony M wrote: »
    I love your clean set-up! B)

    Unless you sit really low, I think taller stands would improve those Signatures sound stage a lot. ;)

    I agree, Tony. Taller stands would be better, but we are in transition between this house in PA and retiring and permanently moving to our house in Colorado in a few months. Once we are there, I'll switch the Sigs to the LSiM 703s that I have out there and they are on taller stands. These two stands are the only ones I have left back here in PA and it's just temporary.

    McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, LUMIN D2 Network Music Player, Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers. Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,444
    That's cool.

    Your acoustics in that room are 10,000 times better than what I have out in my cottage right now. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,907
    edited November 2018
    Anyone who reads Asimov's SciFi is a-ok in my book.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Clipdat wrote: »
    Anyone who read's Asimov's SciFi is a-ok in my book.

    My favorite short story of his is "The Last Question". I find that to be very profound!
    McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, LUMIN D2 Network Music Player, Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers. Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,907
    I'm happy you are enjoying your new setup, it's extremely nice. Very cool.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,444
    mark090852 wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Anyone who read's Asimov's SciFi is a-ok in my book.

    My favorite short story of his is "The Last Question". I find that to be very profound!

    B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,089
    Very very good looking setup man
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,205
    Purty! Bet it sounds as good as it looks. :)
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,602
    Nice setup! D1 owner here. Tidal with high rez or mqa masters sound darn good on the lumin that's for sure
    Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,
    USB helper: w4s Recovery
    Living Room Teac AI-3000, LSI25, SDA 3.1TL, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11
    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,261
    Nice amp!

    My Father picked one up for his office system about a month ago.

    It sounds fantastic with his Totem Signature One's.
    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku Ultra : Oppo UDP-203 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    2Ch:
    Sonus Faber Venere S : Parasound HCA 1500A : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Sony XBR 55X810C Monitor :
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,469
    Nice!
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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,444
    I've been trying for over 30 years to get my wife or step daughter to buy me something audio related. I did get a HUGE dark side of the moon poster from the step daughter many years ago. :)

    Congrats!!

    I'll bet the sound just got improved in your room.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,080
    Very nice early Christmas gift.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,089
    Awesome bro!! Looks great and I’m sure sounds great too!!
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,907
    Are those the 705s or 707s?
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Clipdat wrote: »
    Are those the 705s or 707s?
    They are 705s.
    McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, LUMIN D2 Network Music Player, Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers. Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,779
    mark090852 wrote: »
    It was an early Christmas for me today. My wife, Sue, aka Susie Q, or simply The Q, surprised me with these speakers. Is she great or what! :) I am so lucky! y03rd986l687.jpg

    Sweet, nice looking setup there. If I may suggest, as a next step, work on the cabling. ;)
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,075
    Very nice & congrats!!!
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