Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: mid-atlantic region of US
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I own an MA6600 integrated. ..I used to have separate amp/pre-amp gear (B&k gear, then Bryston) but from now on, I'm sticking with Integrateds. ..Less clutter and expense, and fewer cables which often results in less hum and grounding issues. ..I chose the MA6600 over the MA7000 b/c of it's newer processor-controlled pre-amp section. With the MA6600 you can trim the input sensitivity for all inputs so that volume levels are maintained as you switch inputs. This is important for me b/c our cable box output signal is wayyy stronger than either my music server, dvd player, apple tv, etc.. Also, you can dim or turn off the meter lights on the MA6600. While the bright meters are often a welcomed sight, they can be distracting while watching movies, etc..
The 50 watt differential is meaningless as I have yet to turn my 6600 up beyond 30 watts. ..And at that level it is insanely loud. If I attempted to get the needles to crest 100 watts, I'd have the neighbors pounding on my door. I do like the looks of the handles on the 7000 though... Oh, and the MA6600 is $2000 less. As for audible differences, I very much doubt there are any.
McIntosh MA6600 Integrated amp (for 2-ch) | Onkyo TX-NR1030 AVR (TV/ Movies) | Paradigm Sig S8 v2's (front) | Paradigm Prestige 55C (Center) | Boston Acoustics Bravo 20 speakers (rear) | 2010 Technics SL-1200mk2 Turntable w/ AudioTechnica 440mla cartridge | Mac Mini Music Server | Emotiva XDA-2 DAC | Logitech Touch SB | Samsung PN58B860 Plasma TV