McIntosh Upgrade

Uh-oh, I wish I hadn't seen this. I might have to upgrade. This looks very interesting! ueh1n019rqz5.png

https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/integrated-amplifiers/MA352
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.

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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,291
    Ok then; before it gets dumped on for it's garish looks and whatever else I'll be the first in the thread to say I like it. Not enough to bring one home but it is unmistakably Mcintosh and won't be confused with anything else.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,324
    Ok then; before it gets dumped on for it's garish looks and whatever else I'll be the first in the thread to say I like it. Not enough to bring one home but it is unmistakably Mcintosh and won't be confused with anything else.

    Love the looks too!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,585
    edited August 29
    Looks fine to me, but I'm not sure I'd go as far as unmistakably McIntosh (FWIW).

    Looks like someone grafted a GAS Son of Ampzilla on top of a Mac product -- changed the meter light bulbs, too, of course. :)


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    As a (Mac-bashing :) ) aside -- I do find it wryly amusing that Mac's embraced the cheesy 'tube cage' style of the cheap Chinese amps that started a decade or so ago.

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  • verbverb Posts: 7,324
    Oh God, not the Monoprice saga again! :)
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,291
    verb wrote: »
    Oh God, not the Monoprice saga again! :)

    Exactly; I suppose it's possible that someone with smudged glasses could mistake a VPI tt for a Target tt to. I mean look at the similarities :)
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,585
    verb wrote: »
    Oh God, not the Monoprice saga again! :)

    I wanted to post a photo of an early 2000s Yaqin amp, but (gasp) I couldn't find one online. I'll dig up an old catalog anon -- meanwhile, I knew the Jaycar (etc., etc.) had the cheezy cages. Before Mac -- that, of course being the point.

    My work is done here.

    B)
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,617
    edited August 29
    I don't know Doc, I think the tube cages are actually functional... What happens when your kid hits a baseball into your listening room, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" style? Before tube cages, it shattered all the tubes and messed up the finish of the amp. But now, you crack the tube sockets and mess up the faceplate. Much more likely that it'll still work, plus you don't have to buy new tubes (assuming they don't still break, which they probably will.) ;)

    In seriousness, I like it. I don't think I'd own one, but I like it. :)
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
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    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.

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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,291
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    Oh God, not the Monoprice saga again! :)

    I wanted to post a photo of an early 2000s Yaqin amp, but (gasp) I couldn't find one online. I'll dig up an old catalog anon -- meanwhile, I knew the Jaycar (etc., etc.) had the cheezy cages. Before Mac -- that, of course being the point.

    My work is done here.

    B)

    Ok then; here ya go (sorry about the dust)......... a pic of my early 2000s Yaqin integrated sans removable tube cage waiting patiently for cooler weather for a chance to go back to work here.
    The only similarities I can spy with my bent glasses between it and a tubed Mac unit is the use of the MC in it's model name, the chrome chassis they both use and possibly the tubes :)

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  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 931
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    I don't know Doc, I think the tube cages are actually functional... What happens when your kid hits a baseball into your listening room, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" style? Before tube cages, it shattered all the tubes and messed up the finish of the amp. But now, you crack the tube sockets and mess up the faceplate. Much more likely that it'll still work, plus you don't have to buy new tubes (assuming they don't still break, which they probably will.) ;)

    In seriousness, I like it. I don't think I'd own one, but I like it. :)

    I currently have the MA252 and the wire cages already saved my **** one time. I was leaning over the amp to adjust some wiring for a lamp that is placed on top of the entertainment center. I didn't realize it, but my waist was leaning into the front right tube area and it had bent the cage over several degrees. The tube was not touched, and all I had to do was straighten up the cage and things were right back to normal. So I'm a believer in those cages, on my McIntosh anyway.

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    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.
  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 931
    Here is my setup.

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    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.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,054
    I love the simplicity of that system Mark.
  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 931
    DSkip wrote: »
    I love the simplicity of that system Mark.

    Thanks Derek. The seating positions aren't ideal for listening, but we still enjoy it very much.

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    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.
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