Ordered a McIntosh

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  • mpitogompitogo Posts: 291
    edited November 12
    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).
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  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 801
    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.

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers.
    Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, Lumin D2
    Network Music Player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • minerminer Posts: 1,135
    Didn't Sound United acquire Classe'?
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,479
    miner wrote: »
    Didn't Sound United acquire Classe'?

    yes
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,168
    ….and I believe Classe acquired McCormack. Dang, this is all starting to sound like an Irish family tree.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,580
    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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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,519
    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. ;)
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,519
    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.
  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 801
    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.

    Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers.
    Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, Lumin D2
    Network Music Player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,519
    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: 4,965
    edited November 29
    Anyone who reads Asimov's SciFi is a-ok in my book.
  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 801
    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!
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers.
    Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, Lumin D2
    Network Music Player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    I'm happy you are enjoying your new setup, it's extremely nice. Very cool.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,519
    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: 958
    Very very good looking setup man
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,110
    Purty! Bet it sounds as good as it looks. :)
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,289
    Nice setup! D1 owner here. Tidal with high rez or mqa masters sound darn good on the lumin that's for sure
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,232
    Nice amp!

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

    It sounds fantastic with his Totem Signature One's.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,131
    Nice!
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,519
    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: 972
    Very nice early Christmas gift.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 958
    Awesome bro!! Looks great and I’m sure sounds great too!!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,965
    Are those the 705s or 707s?
  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 801
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Are those the 705s or 707s?
    They are 705s.
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 receiver, Emotiva XPA Gen3 2 channel amp, Polk LSiM 703 speakers.
    Oppo UDP-203 Blu-Ray player, McIntosh MA252 Integrated Amp, Lumin D2
    Network Music Player, Polk LSiM 705 speakers. Polk Signature S20 speakers.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,168
    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: 1,970
    Very nice & congrats!!!
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