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REVIEW: McIntosh MC-7100 Amplifier (SS)

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Model: MC-7100
Category: Amplifier (SS)
Suggested Retail Price: $1400.00
Description: Solid State-non autoformer amp (DC then).
Manufacturer URL: McIntosh

Review by whitese on March 01, 2009 at 05:37:56
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Well, my first SS amps after having been into modern and vintage tube amps. I wasnt sure how the lack of autoformers would suit me originally, as I liked the detailed yet smooth presentation from the autof. amps. (i had MC250, MC2100, MC2105). Older technology, i know, but good stuff, all in spec always.

First I purchased one amplifier. The newer version with on/off switch, XLR inputs, etc. At that time driving JBL L-96 speakers. It was a great combo and quite enlightening to the capabilities of the L-96. The bass took came to life with reasonably low but with better yet tightness and detail. The midbass was world class.Not a hint of harshness in the mids and highs.

Me, liking stacks of pretty to look at green light, bought a second one, albeit the older panlocs version ( I have been told that they are the same amp internlly). The difference in bass definition is staggering when in mono configuration. I was happy as a dog with 2 tails at the overall fuss free operation and simply musical sound of these amps.

In come later my current speakers, the Talon Raven C....This speaker takes the bass to a whole new dimension in reach and definition, and the amps at 200 W/ch are a great match. There is simply ample power for any kind of music, and a detailed intimacy for slow, low volume, cymbal brushing sounds.

For the price that these amps go for in the used market, its a bloody bargain!!

My only thought of ever selling these amps is if i move up to a MC352.

Product Weakness: non that I can think of as of yet.
Product Strengths: Price in used market, overall goodness of sound.

Associated Equipment for this Review:

Amplifier: MC7100 in mono
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): McIntosh C712
Sources (CDP/Turntable): MCD7009, Sony PS-2250 TT, MR7084 tuner
Speakers: Talon Racen C, JBL L96
Cables/Interconnects: Audioquest
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, Classic Rock, jazz
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: McIntosh MC-7100 Amplifier (SS) - whitese 05:37:56 03/1/09 ( 2)