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In Reply to: RE: I need a new toy- SS Amp posted by Neff on July 01, 2012 at 07:31:27
I have a McIntosh MA5100 & like it a lot. Though it's SS, I think it sounds rather "tubey". Warm, lush, musical... Very nice. Pretty versatile preamp section & nice phono section, too.
I found the 5100 and 6100 to slow to work with the Cornwalls (1st series) I had. It sounded like and felt like drivin a 6-cyl Vette, yeah it could work but, seemed to need something under the hood to better mate with the rest of the car; not necessarily just an issue of more power, though.
That's cool. I know it's all about synergy & ears. I'm running it with a pair of B&O 120.2 speakers & it loves them. I'm happy with the combo.
I always felt those two integratd amps were McIntosh's secret failures. Poorly designed and prone to failure with difficult speaker loads.
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