Movies or music, I see no distinction personally. This unit rips the earth open with awesomeness. The McIntosh addiction is a bandwagon I wont jump onto unless earned. So far, I coin their stuff as high-end, but nothing Ive heard blows my gnards off like my new SP3 does. IMHO I actually dislike the old-fogey chassis designs, they appear to be suited for people over 75. It all looks like Model-T cars. Buy hey, can't argue with taste, right? Blue better than green!
[for the record I have heard the latest version Mc pre/pros, they are excellent, just not my cup of tea overall. I will give credit where credit is due.]
I threw on some 20 year old music the other day and the result? My face soaked in tears. It brought me back to my 20's and I relived it. This unit, coupled with other good elements, invoked emotion I haven't felt in decades. I get similar results watching video. Others in this thread can likely add to this, siting similar experiences they have had with this eqmt, but not other eqmt.
The two most significant pieces of eqmt I have every purchased:
* Oppo 105, after-market modded to reduce jitter/joise
Thanks to this thread, I learned to leverage outgoing processed video from the Oppo and send directly to TV input, and send the Oppo audio directly to the Sp3.
Results? Clean euphoria.
I'm not a fan by default stance, on the contrary, I would have no issue saying SP3 wasnt worth it if that was the case. I would sell it, and get something less expensive.
But.........this thing RIPS! ...so that aint ever gunna happen! If my house was burning down, the one thing I'd grab before running out the front door, is it!
Lastly the sub-out signal is fantastic, it turned my powered sub into a monster it has never been before.