McIntosh MC303

Jan 24, 2020
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Hello,

This is my first post here as I came upon this site while searching for more feedback on McIntosh Amps. I've never heard the McIntosh brand before but recently found a McIntosh dealer locally in which I plan to visit for a demo. I'm interested in upgrading an Emotiva Generation 3 5 Channel. Actually, I'm thinking about dedicating the Emotiva to surround channels [future upgrade with eliminate Atmos on Ulfs and go with 4 ceiling or overhead speakers] and using the MC303 [if purchased] to power the Tekton Ulfberht L+C+Rs into 4 ohms each. From a price point I consider this a major upgrade. On paper I see the Emotiva rated right around 400 watts per channel into 4 ohms but what is intriguing about the McIntosh besides the 300 watts rms is that 1200 watt per channel dynamic or peak output.

Just thought I'd drop my first post here and get in touch with some of the McIntosh owners. I'd appreciate any advice you may have in preparing to demo the amp at the local dealer. I plan on bringing one of the best sounding CDs from my own collection Jesse Cook's One World [Latino guitarist].

Here's a couple of pictures of my current setup [moved in 2 months ago and still decorating]. I'm playing with vegetation and trees at this point in order to provide some sound dispersion as the whole function without form approach by placing padded foam everywhere just doesn't appeal to me. Besides, padded rooms trigger bad memories o_O

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Enjoy,
Shim
 
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kach22i

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Sounds like you are going for more power in what appears to be a dedicated Home Theater.

Do you do any serious two-channel stereo listening in this room with this system?

Looks to be a very live room acoustically speaking.

And with high ceilings?

I do NOT know this amp in question, might of accidentally heard it at my local McIntosh dealer, they have one of the few dedicated rooms in the country (World of McIntosh (WOM) Experience Center).
 
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Sounds like you are going for more power in what appears to be a dedicated Home Theater.

Do you do any serious two-channel stereo listening in this room with this system?

Looks to be a very live room acoustically speaking.

And with high ceilings?

I do NOT know this amp in question, might of accidentally heard it at my local McIntosh dealer, they have one of the few dedicated rooms in the country (World of McIntosh (WOM) Experience Center).
Hi Kach,

Vaulted ceilings over 16 feet in height. Na, never listen to only stereo but most music is pushed through an Onkyo 5100 at this time utilizing the center channel by Onkyo's Dac. And yes, the room is "lively" with toned down reflection as time progresses. The Tekton's are rated 1000 watts each L and R but center only 400 watts, however, the center's level is -5 db between the L and R. I'd like something to push the Tekton's to the limit but I am left wanting. I'm told the Tekton Ulf's love a lot of power and it's a shame to not demo them for fast sprints like garaging a sport's car.

My local dealer is in Boise Idaho and I plan to make way to the showroom this weekend. I'm pretty doubtful as to whether they'll have the amp in stock.

A ten grand investment is quite a bit without hearing first. I have high expectation of McIntosh just based on reputation. I mean I hope that not only the financial cost but the overall weight of an amp weighing in at 150 pounds is of champion quality. 70 amps according to specs by McIntosh! I'm glad I had a dedicated power line ran to the entertainment room during the house build.
 
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kach22i

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Reputation is there like you said.

Only negative I've taken seriously is the multi-format disk players by McIntosh neglecting Red Book CD playback a bit. One size fitting all equally is hard to pull off. My McIntosh CD player has always sounded pretty good to me though and enjoys a good reputation despite it's age.

Call ahead for an appointment, and ask them to warm it up for you is my suggestion.

You might have better feedback at a dedicated H.T. forum.
 

SuperDave

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Shimei,
I have had the MC 303 for almost 8 years. It powered my center, rear left, and rear right speakers. It is a beast and very capable for HT. Check the dimensions of your cabinet, the MC303 is huge and deep.

Dave
 

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