Some new amps

In the past 24 hours I've acquired two new-to-me amps. One is Marvin's Usher R1.5 which is essentially a Threshold design. The other is a McIntosh MC2500. I'm hopefully going to be giving them some time in the next few days. I know the Usher likes some warm up time and wouldn't be surprised if the mac needs the same.

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,313
    Didn't that usher come from a sale on polk?
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,115
    It is Marvin's old amp that he had listed here. We came to an agreement finally. So, now I have Marvin's old Usher amp, CP-6381, and his Mini Dancer 2 in house at the moment.

    I feel a bit guilty having removed all the Usher from his house.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,828
    That Usher amp is intriguing as are the Mini Dancer 2s....
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  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 483
    That Usher amp is intriguing as are the Mini Dancer 2s....

    I agree, i probably would have bought that amp to drive the 1.2tls a while back but Marvin didn't want to ship(can't say I blame him)
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,625
    :'( :'( :'( :'(
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,625
    you can find directions on the web to up the bias on the usher r 1.5 to more match the sound of the threshold designs, of course you will get more heat.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,001
    How’s your back after carrying them in. I’m not sure of the weight of the usher amp bu I think that Mac is 130 or 139 lbs.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    :o
    hernia maker. :s
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,115
    Luckily I had help with the Mac. The Usher isn’t too bad as long as you have plenty of clearance to maneuver.
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,296
    Nice: my first decent Mac amp was a 2500 and it up paired very nicely with my Polks for a few years. Yours looks to be in nice shape.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,115
    I've got a few more Mac's that hopefully will walk through my door in the next week as well.
  • Very cool. I remember you saying that you felt the diamond tweets in the Dancer line would be a step up from silk tweeter in the CP-6381. And I'm sure that amp would give them plenty of power to provide all the slam needed. I'd love to hear that combo.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,138
    Very nice Skip.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,439
    DSkip wrote: »
    It is Marvin's old amp that he had listed here. We came to an agreement finally. So, now I have Marvin's old Usher amp, CP-6381, and his Mini Dancer 2 in house at the moment.

    I feel a bit guilty having removed all the Usher from his house.

    Surprised he didn't throw in the wife as a kicker. :)

    Congrats man, though I must admit....a silver faced Mac like that one is a rare bird. Whats the plan on pairing them up with ?
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,313
    tonyb wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    It is Marvin's old amp that he had listed here. We came to an agreement finally. So, now I have Marvin's old Usher amp, CP-6381, and his Mini Dancer 2 in house at the moment.

    I feel a bit guilty having removed all the Usher from his house.

    Congrats man, though I must admit....a silver faced Mac like that one is a rare bird. Whats the plan on pairing them up with ?

    Speakers man they get paired with speakers trust me they sound terrible paired with seafood and canolis....

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,439
    Man Ivan...your testing the limits of my medications bro. :)
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    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

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    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

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    Tad 803 speakers
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,298
    Very nice amps, Skip.
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