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In Reply to: RE: The "clock" in your (gps enabled) smartphone is far more accurate.... posted by Steve O on July 02, 2017 at 12:49:06
If you consider that a $20 - $40 radio controlled wall clock can be accurate to within one or two seconds over a several year period, I would say this is pretty amazing for a "consumer grade" clock that can be bought at your local department store.
At $1800 the McIntosh clock will not achieve this level of accuracy. Regardless of it's expensive "thermal compensated" Swiss made movement, it's ability to tell accurate time is average at best and no where near the accuracy of that $20 wall clock.
In other words you're paying for the McIntosh name, the pretty blue meters, and whatever art value you see in it. You're not paying for it's performance - which some might argue is generally the case with McIntosh gear.
See my other more detailed comments linked below
Edits: 07/04/17Follow Ups:
...entirely. Its a lifestyle thing. Its all about style and fashion. Its primary purpose is to be unique and complementary to the current Mac visual aesthetic. Obviously, it should function reasonably well as clock, but microsecond long term accuracy is not its purpose. While $1,800 (US) isn't cheap, in the context of a major system including the room treatments, it's not outrageous IMO. If nothing else, the Mac clock is totally upfront about what it is; what you see is what you get, something a lot of dubious and costly tweako audio accessories can't claim.
Oh, I get the whole "lifestyle"/bling thingy. But, since a radio-controlled "atomic" clock can be had for under a hundred bucks, it's puzzling why McIntosh didn't include that cability in their $1,800 clock. Clearly, a person has to be excessively obsessed with Mac and have money laying around in order to "justify" buying one.
..."excessively obsessed" is relative and audiophiles inherently have money laying around. ;-)
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