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I'm hoping Cornwall IV owners or folks with a lot of McIntosh experience can help guide me on the right fit for an integrated or preamp and amp fit for them. 'm looking to spend $10,000 or less. A dac would be great on board but not a necessity. An onboard phono is also great but also not a necessity. I'm looking in the preowned market at the moment. My room is 17x24x10. I listen to a very wide variety of music but I would say the greatest percentage falls in the classic rock and jazz genres. There are just so many models of amps and preamps and integrateds I'm not sure how to narrow it down. The preamp can be tubes or ss...really about the right "match". Thank you in advance!

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I really enjoy my MAC7200 w my Cornwall IVs. Tuner, DAC, MM phono, MC phono, their autoformers and 200 wpc if I ever want to change speakers to something not as sensitive as Klipsch heritage. I would also look at MA352 and MC275 if I were you.

 

*all are under your budget brand new

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Obviously this depends on YOUR needs and requirements. Nowadays I'm in the less is more state of mind.

 

IMO the MA5300 would be a great match for a simple Cornwall IV system. The main caveat for me though was no outputs - analog or digital. And for hi-res streaming you'll need to add something like the NAD/Bluesound Node2i.

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I would recommend the MA352 along with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic plus. Both have XLR connections. I use that combination and I'm very pleased with both. The Cambridge is listed as #1 among DACs under $500. Talk to Ryan at Audio Classics. He's great to work with and a fountain of knowledge. There is a close link to Audio Classics and McIntosh Labs, both  in central NY.

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Mc275 and c2300 (all used ) go to audio classics !,

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Shameless plug here, but I do have a MC2505 for sale.

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I have Forte IIIs and run them with a Audio Classics restored MX110 and MC240. Sounds fantastic! If I was starting over, I would consider the MAC7200 (I love tuners!) as mentioned above. I would also consider the MA252 for simplicity and lower cost. If price where no object, I would go with a new MC275 and McIntosh tube pre-amp.

 

I also second checking out Audio Classics. They are really great and have a lot of used McIntosh gear I would be comfortable buying. Their service team is top notch. 

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