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RE: Fisher 500-C vs. Mcintosh 1500 receiver

The 1500 has a solid state preamp and tube tuner and power amp. The receiver later was converted to a solid state power amp as the 1700. The 1500 is a really nice receiver but the preamp is not quite as up to speed to the power amp and tuner. The Fisher is more balanced as to all sections. For that reason the Fisher is probably the better choice. I think the 1500 is actually less expensive to buy so the final price including going through them favors the MAC.

An alternative to the Fisher is a Sherwood S8000 (FM) or S7700(FM-AM). The specs are slightly better for the S8000. I found the 8000 to be a hands down winner when going up against a 500-C. Other who have commented on having an opportunity to pit them against each other have made similar observations. As the S8000 is less sought after as is most Sherwoods and hence, relatively inexpensive compared to a 500-C of any Fisher, the total cost also favors the Sherwood. The S8000 is a combination of the S3000 tuner plus the S5500 integrated amp so you may want to search on them to see what persons think as to their performance.
Don Brian Levy, J.D.
Toronto ON Canada


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