Since when has McIntosh been considered Hi-End?

BruceD

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Really? Wow. I also owned the MC275 and C2300 (rather than C2200). Thought it was utterly awful. Probably the muddiest and low resolution amp / pre combination I ever owned by a large margin. That was with very efficient speakers too.
Indeed they made some great stuff--in the last century!--I gave up on the brand after spending squillions on a MC2300--sounded as you described

perfectly!--shut down on every transient /etc--it was good as a Boat Anchor!:confused:

I've tried to like the demos of the latest stuff-- sorry not for this boyo!

BruceD
 
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Really? Wow. I also owned the MC275 and C2300 (rather than C2200). Thought it was utterly awful. Probably the muddiest and low resolution amp / pre combination I ever owned by a large margin. That was with very efficient speakers too.
No experience with the C2300 - although I know it is a very different preamplifier from the C2200, with plenty of modern signal processing and features. Some people I know well never changed their C2200.

I have never seen McIntosh powering very efficient speakers, I used my combo mainly with Quad ESL63 , Wilson system 7 and the Sonus Faber Stradivari. Plenty of life, detail and resolution. Probably it was not a good match in your system. Did you try the MC275 with other preamplifiers?
 

RogerD

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By what I see McIntosh is a live and well in Japan.
Kendrick Sound in their videos seem to show them a lot.
I listened to a lot of Mac gear back in the 1970’s...a little to colored for me but I always lusted over the looks. In 1999 I purchased a MR78 tuner...which has been the cold shower for the lusting. Wouldn’t mind having a pair of vintage tube amps though.
 

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