McCormack

gwhgwh Posts: 1,431
Noticed a lot of talk around here how sweet the McCormacks are, all I need is a three channel amp. I've been eyeballing this one on Ebay, seems a little bit on the high side to me.
I currently have an older Parasound on the front three and 99% of what I listen to is whatever I'm watching on dish :)

Should I even bother?

Thanks,
G



https://www.ebay.com/itm/McCormack-Deluxe-Edition-Power-Drive-DNA-HT1-Power-Amplifier-3-Channel/333037491572?hash=item4d8a94d574:g:tDwAAOSwH1pcTLj8:rk:4:pf:1&frcectupt=true

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Def Tech Reference Sub
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Comments

  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,049
    TMR is fantastic to deal with. Also, buy direct to save the price bump they do to make up for eBay fees...

    https://tmraudio.com/components/power-amplifiers/mccormack-deluxe-edition-power-drive-dna-ht1-power-amplifier-3-channel/

    And that is a solid amp.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,056
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    TMR is fantastic to deal with.

    Gonna have to politely disagree with that.
    "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."
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 804
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Gonna have to politely disagree with that.

    I have purchased and traded many items from TMR. Nothing but first class service. Last item was a Technics R2R that did not have the original box. The packing was unbelievable. Best I have ever encountered in the used market.


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    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, 2 REL Carbon Limited, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection (Furutech) Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection (Furutech) Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,205
    gwh wrote: »
    Noticed a lot of talk around here how sweet the McCormacks are, all I need is a three channel amp. I've been eyeballing this one on Ebay, seems a little bit on the high side to me.
    I currently have an older Parasound on the front three and 99% of what I listen to is whatever I'm watching on dish :)

    Should I even bother?

    Thanks,
    G



    https://www.ebay.com/itm/McCormack-Deluxe-Edition-Power-Drive-DNA-HT1-Power-Amplifier-3-Channel/333037491572?hash=item4d8a94d574:g:tDwAAOSwH1pcTLj8:rk:4:pf:1&frcectupt=true

    If all your going to use it for is watching TV, then I'd say save your coin, the Parasound is just fine for that. Good price on the amp though for 3 channels.
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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
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,049
    tratliff wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Gonna have to politely disagree with that.

    I have purchased and traded many items from TMR. Nothing but first class service. Last item was a Technics R2R that did not have the original box. The packing was unbelievable. Best I have ever encountered in the used market.


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    Similar experiences here. I have done a lot of buying and selling with them and the service has always been exceptional.
    When I couldn't sell my LSis for a fair price, I requested a quote from them and we even arranged it for me to drop them off. When I got to their office, I was offered a beverage, given a full tour of the operation and when I expressed how much I liked the Wharfedale Opus bookies they had, they offered to let me bring them home with me for a trial run with them...and I live 2 states away.

    I understand everyone has their own experiences but as the old expression goes, for every 1 bad experience you hear about, there are the hundreds of good ones you don't.

    Not discounting your experience at all Drew, but it seems to be the exception and not the rule.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • halohalo Posts: 5,154
    I’ve dealt with them a few times. No issues to report. Gear was exactly as described, arrived quickly, packed well. Anytime I had to return, there were no problems.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,056
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I understand everyone has their own experiences but as the old expression goes, for every 1 bad experience you hear about, there are the hundreds of good ones you don't.

    Not discounting your experience at all Drew, but it seems to be the exception and not the rule.

    I agree that they know how to properly pack things for safe transit. However I find their standards of customer service to be lacking.

    I take issue with the fact that they would describe an amplifier that produces an easily audible hum/buzz when powered on as "Operational condition of this item is excellent, fully tested and no issues found."

    Furthermore, standing by that description and stance when the item is shipped back to them at the customer's expense because of the noise, and refusing to acknowledge that that is an "issue". And then simply re-listing it for sale with the same inaccurate description and selling it to another customer.

    That's a dishonest business practice in my opinion.
    "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."
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 896
    FWIW, I know that one of their sources of used gear is from the PS Audio trade-in/trade-up program...both outfits there in Boulder, CO.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,396
    Clipdat wrote: »
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I understand everyone has their own experiences but as the old expression goes, for every 1 bad experience you hear about, there are the hundreds of good ones you don't.

    Not discounting your experience at all Drew, but it seems to be the exception and not the rule.

    I agree that they know how to properly pack things for safe transit. However I find their standards of customer service to be lacking.

    I take issue with the fact that they would describe an amplifier that produces an easily audible hum/buzz when powered on as "Operational condition of this item is excellent, fully tested and no issues found."

    Furthermore, standing by that description and stance when the item is shipped back to them at the customer's expense because of the noise, and refusing to acknowledge that that is an "issue". And then simply re-listing it for sale with the same inaccurate description and selling it to another customer.

    That's a dishonest business practice in my opinion.

    I feel your frustration with that situation. However hums/buzzes are a **** to track down & remedy. There are so many potential causes, including the incoming power itself. Just because you experienced a problem doesn't mean they or another buyer did.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,056
    DaveHo wrote: »
    I feel your frustration with that situation. However hums/buzzes are a **** to track down & remedy. There are so many potential causes, including the incoming power itself. Just because you experienced a problem doesn't mean they or another buyer did.

    I don't want to derail this thread, but the long and short of it is that that particular amp hums/buzzes. That's a fact. It even did so when tested on a completely different power source/building.
    "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."
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,558
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    TMR is fantastic to deal with. Also, buy direct to save the price bump they do to make up for eBay fees...

    https://tmraudio.com/components/power-amplifiers/mccormack-deluxe-edition-power-drive-dna-ht1-power-amplifier-3-channel/

    And that is a solid amp.

    Yes The Music Room is straight up a first class act. Got my Acurus A2007 from them and was handled perfectly. I recommend them highly.
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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