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Attn all Mac guys, I need a helping hand here. I am putting together a 2ch system, and am about 95% sure I am going to go with a McIntosh Integrated. I have 3 questions though...
1. What are the sonic signiture differences between the MA6900, MA6600, and MA7000? Are some warmer than others, resemble the sound of other 2ch amps in their lineup?
2. Which way would you go given that the MA7000 & C220/MC252 combo are pretty much the same price, I don't have space constraints, and I am powering Usher Be-718's through Analysis Plus solo crystal oval interconnects and speaker cables.
3. Is the MA7000 simply a C220/MC252 in one box? Some say yes, some say no...opinions? Knowledge? Experience? The only reason why I ask is because this is Mac's entry level pre/ss amp set up, and I would find it curious if their flagship integrated didn't offer any sonic advantages.
My room is 12'x22', I will be sitting ~12' away, and I would like a setup that sounds closest to the MC402. If possible, I would also like the option to run my 2ch rig in HT bypass in the future should I need to do so. The only other integrated I am looking at is the SimAudio i7.
Any thoughts/experiences you have wrt the sonic differences between these options and knowledge of where the best value lies would be greatly appreciated!