Hello all, I am long overdue for this but have finally gotten settled to be able to write something up.
First off I will go over some background so you can all understand what I am comparing too and what my system consists of. Also, I do not consider myself an "Audiophile". I am just an enthusiast that got involved at an early age and always had a love for electronics and audio. Like most, I have been working on my setup for what seems like forever. Back in 2003/2004 time frame I purchased the majority of my components which at the time consisted of two Rotel beasts. One was the RMB-1095 which is a 5x200 amp and an RB-1090 which is around 2x360. These are considered classic Rotel amps and have been highly regarded over the years. They each weigh around 90lbs a piece and can be somewhat a challenge getting them in and out of a rack as you can imagine. The Rotel's always had a pleasant sound but for some reason I was never overly impressed with them. I always thought they were a little soft and a little too laid back but it really could just be my other components in the mix.
My pre-amp at the time was a B&K Ref 50 and my speakers are some older Paradigm Reference series 100's rev2, 60's rev 2, and a Studio CC for the center channel.
Fast forward to last year and I got really involved again in our media room and really began to get tired of the Rotel amps weight, and most of all, heat output. Our media room is relatively small (15x14x8) and watching a movie started to get really uncomfortable as it was just getting too warm in the room. The amps were literally space heaters! Plus, every time I had to move the amps around due to changes, I almost always seemed to nick the wood in my rack because of their size and weight. So my primary complaints of the Rotels were weight, heat, electrical consumption, and on top of all of that, I was never really that impressed with the overall sound. Again, not saying it was the amps but maybe more of the combination of components. So at some point during all of this I decided to see what else is out there and discovered Class D amps. They sounded (no pun intended) perfect for what I was looking for. Light weight, compact, energy efficient, and low heat output. I did the typical research and as you can tell, pulled the trigger on the MMC 7. I struggled with this decision because as most of you know (and the reason for my review), is that there is very little information out there on these amps and that there is no way to audition them without spending a lot of money (15% restocking fee by W4S if you are not satisfied). So this is for anybody, a complete leap of faith. I also struggled between the MMC 7 and the bigger brother MC as I wanted to make sure I got it right first time out. I ultimately decided to pull the trigger on the MM7 due to it's compact size. It was the better fit in my current rack design and no other manufacture that I know of makes anything similar to it in size and specs. This of course was a concern because the amp seemed to good to be true. Also I thought I could always return it and pay the difference and all of the fees if I wasn't satisfied and go for the MC version. I have to say that this is one of the best purchases in audio I have made to date.
The order process was pretty straight forward and I did it via Wyred4Sounds website. I didn't receive any typical email confirmation so I called to confirm and was told that orders are actually processed manually. She also told me that once she got the order, that it would go off to assembly and be put together and then I would get a notification once it ships. So the one thing I found interesting about this is that all Wyred4Sound amps are made to order and that there are none laying around waiting to be shipped. The assembly must be pretty quick because I believe I received a shipment update within a couple of days.
The packaged arrived double packed so it seems that W4S really pays attention to all aspects of the experience. The shipment even came with some damage to the box (most likely due to UPS) but because of the double packing, the amp remained unharmed. I have added pictures below for those interested. I also took extra pics of the amp itself as I have always felt like there are really no good pics of these amps, so hopefully some can see what the amp really looks like.
Upon removing the amp you get the impression that there is more there then what the numbers present. This amp weighs around 30lbs so my first fear was that it would feel light and cheap. Totally not the case once you get it in your hands. It feels very well put together and nothing light or cheap about it at all. I even really like how the amp looks once you see it up close. Very industrial looking and stout. The craftsmanship really stands out so no disappointment there. Additional pics below reveal the mono-blocks all nicely aligned from the top down. I also have pics showing the amp in my rack so you can get an idea of it's height.
Installation is pretty straight forward as with any amp with the exception that this amp is compact and does not weigh a whole lot. This was a very welcomed changed from what I was used too. I am using the XLR outs so I had to set the switch on the back to XLR.
My first MMC 7 unfortunately had a channel failure within the first few days of break-in. I am happy to report though that W4S handled the problem extremely well and shipped out another amp with a return shipping label for the defective one. So as a side note, feel confident that W4S will take care of you.
One of my concerns with the MMC7 was heat output. Everything I have read and heard have suggested that the MMC series run warmer then the bigger brother. How much warmer was never really described and I believe that is because of the limited amount of exposure people have with them. The review on the Home Theater Shack suggest that the amp runs slightly warm to the touch and I would have to agree. The amp does get warm but nothing ever really to be concerned with. You can see the amount of top space I have left for it to breath in the pics. This seems to be sufficient as I believe someone else on this forum had another experience with heat when they put the amp in a restricted air space.
I also agree with Home Theater Shack that this amp is quite and you literally have to put your ear on the speakers to hear anything electrical and even then it is extremely faint. I had also purchased an Integra DHC 80.2 pre-amp at the same time and this combo just simply rocks! My system is finally where I want it to be at. Not to sound like every other positive experience but I am literally hearing more detail out of all sources. I ran the system nonstop for days to get past the 100 hours break-in by using WMA lossless files on a thumb drive. Can't really comment on if the break-in really made that much of a difference but I am so impressed with the sound that I will be keeping this setup for quite some time. To say that I am impressed is an understatement actually and I can't recommend enough for anyone considering these amps to definitely try them out. Supposedly the bigger MC series sound even better but I am so satisfied with how everything turned out that I am not even interested in those anymore. The more I listen to the system the more enjoyable it comes and this is what it is all supposed to be about. 2 channel music and home theater are simply some of the best I have heard out of my system. I am blown away by the stereo imaging, the clarity, and detail of the music I am listening too. It pretty much coincides with what others say about the stereo and mono-block amps but those supposedly sound even better!
I hope this helps others researching this purchase as they will find out shortly there is very little information out there and that this purchase is a total leap of faith. Please feel free to ask any questions and I will try to accommodate as best as possible.