ODS123 Posted March 9, 2021 Share Posted March 9, 2021 22 minutes ago, mdm7eb said: I will note, I have a McIntosh tube amp and solid state preamp. They cost multiples of electronics that are equally technical competent. Why do I have them then? Is it irrational on my part? That would be the case if I truly believed is was purely for sonic reasons and not those of aesthetics, build quality, prestige, and in my case also nostalgia (for the tube amp anyways). All of these reasons also effect my perception of sound, and I probably believe my McIntosh gear does sound better (when in reality, I probably can't tell the difference). The important point though is, they make me happy -- which is beyond the limit of science (at least in my view) and that to me is what really matters. Much to like about your post. Thanks for "entering the fray". I too am a devotee of McIntosh gear. But do I believe that it sounds better than other modern day amps that are similarly engineered to be linear when driven w/in their limits - even ones without autoformers? ..Nope, I don't. And I have carefully compared it to my Bryston, Peach-Tree, NAD, even a $140 DaytonAudio amplifier from PartsExpress. So why spend so much on a Mac integrated? I love Mac gear for many of the reasons you mention. I love how it looks, the wattage meters, the tactile experience operating it; build-quality, fit & finish, heritage, and the fact that it is built (assembled really, as many parts probably come from elsewhere, incl overseas which I'm fine with me) in a small upstate NY town, etc... But perhaps most of all, I LOVE that they still see the merit in retaining Bass/ Treble, and Mono controls - items which have all but disappeared these days (except Luxman, Accuphase, and Esoteric).... Items I use on the fly (versus room correction) to make the not-so-rare poorly recorded song sound better. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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