Originally Posted by racer59
I find it a little disconcerting that the remote is VERY similar, nearly identical (from what I can see) other than color.
With the current specs being so similar to the AV7005, it seems like a repackage. (Similar to Marantz repackaging Denon AVR's. Not saying it is one- but it does smell like one) Especially since they are from the same holding company, it does makes business sense.
Well, the back panels are fairly different.
But let's assume they did take the same basic boards used by the AV7005 and stuffed them into a new case in Binghamton, NY instead of some Chinese city.
What's wrong with that, really? McIntosh is a "designer" brand, more than anything else. Their products don't perform any better (or any differently
*), so rational people don't buy McIntosh expecting better performance. Rather, it's the look and the brand's heritage that draws rational people do them. Given the volumes involved, and IP licensing issues, taking off-the-peg parts and putting them together probably allows better features, greater reliability, and considerably lower cost.
Heck, if McIntosh took a Peavey IPR-3000 pro amp - frankly, an objectively better piece than the McIntosh MC452, because it puts out more power and draws considerably less from the wall in order to do so - and changed the hideous faceplate for a black glass one with aquamarine-lit meters, I'd happily pay $4k for that even though I know that I could get the same performance for ~400 USD. Why? Because it would be both high-performance and beautiful.
*Loudspeakers and turntable excluded. McIntosh's loudspeakers tend to be designed along different criteria than much, with the Bessel arrays, line arrays, etc. Also, they seem to use a lot of outstanding and cutting-edge - though, except for the big woofers, inexpensive - Aurasound drivers. Whether they're successful or not, I don't know. I've never heard one. But unlike with their (or anyone else's competently-made) electronics, one should expect them to sound different.