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Old 03-05-2011, 04:19 PM
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Default What Integrated Amps Are You Using (or what have you tried?)

Since we have really not had a place to extoll the virtues of integrated amps, or to show off our stuff, I think it would be nice to tell what integrated amps we are currently using or have used in the (not so distant) past.

I currently am using a McIntosh MA-7000, and in the past couple of years I owned and used a Rowland Continuum 500, SimAudio I-7, Rowland Concerto, GamuT Audio DI-150, and a McIntosh MA6900.

All had strengths and weaknesses, but I'm very happy with the MA7000.

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2ND HOME SYSTEM: . . . Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento or Magnepan MG 1.7i Speakers, JL Audio F112 Sub, Esoteric Modified-X03 CD/SACD Player, McIntosh MA7000 Integrated Amp, McIntosh MVP871 Universal Disc Player, OPPO BDP-95 Blu-Ray Player, OPPO SONICA Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer VPI Scoutmaster with periphery ring clamp, VPI SDS Motor Drive, Koetsu Rosewood Platinum Signature -Pro IV, or Clearaudio Discovery Cartridges, Mark Levinson No. 25s phono stage, Wadia 170i Transport with a Meridian Bitstream 203 DAC, VPI DB-5 "magic bricks", VPI HW-17 Pro Record Cleaning Machine, Five Richard Gray RGPC 400 devices scattered around the two systems, Arcici Suspense Rack System, Discovery Essence and Essential Cables,.


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Old 03-05-2011, 04:55 PM
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I have, or have owned the following Mac's:

MA6500
MA6600
MA6900
MA7000

I have liked them all.
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Since we have really not had a place to extoll the virtues of integrated amps, or to show off our stuff, I think it would be nice to tell what integrated amps we are currently using or have used in the (not so distant) past.

I currently am using a McIntosh MA-7000, and in the past couple of years I owned and used a Rowland Continuum 500, SimAudio I-7, Rowland Concerto, GamuT Audio DI-150, and a McIntosh MA6900.

All had strengths and weaknesses, but I'm very happy with the MA7000.

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It's a beauty!
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My first entry into the high-end was some 6-7 yrs ago with a Musical Fidelity A5 integrated amp and I also got the A5 CD player as well.

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MA6850 - very nice. I should of held on to it.
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Home Theater System Surround Sound Amplifier DVD Player - Rotel PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
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My first integrated amplifier was a McIntosh MA230. It had a solid state preamplifier and a 30 w/p/c/ tube power amp. It was a sweet piece of gear that I enjoyed for years.

I now have a McIntosh MA5100 solid state integrated amp in my vintage system with a MR74 tuner. The MA5100 sounds great driving my JBL 4312A's.


McIntosh MA-230



McIntosh MA5100
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It's a beauty!
Thanks, (the MA7000) sounds good too. . . .
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2ND HOME SYSTEM: . . . Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento or Magnepan MG 1.7i Speakers, JL Audio F112 Sub, Esoteric Modified-X03 CD/SACD Player, McIntosh MA7000 Integrated Amp, McIntosh MVP871 Universal Disc Player, OPPO BDP-95 Blu-Ray Player, OPPO SONICA Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer VPI Scoutmaster with periphery ring clamp, VPI SDS Motor Drive, Koetsu Rosewood Platinum Signature -Pro IV, or Clearaudio Discovery Cartridges, Mark Levinson No. 25s phono stage, Wadia 170i Transport with a Meridian Bitstream 203 DAC, VPI DB-5 "magic bricks", VPI HW-17 Pro Record Cleaning Machine, Five Richard Gray RGPC 400 devices scattered around the two systems, Arcici Suspense Rack System, Discovery Essence and Essential Cables,.


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I've had several integrated amps. When I finally upgraded to McIntosh, I first decided to buy an MA6500 to see if I would enjoy McIntosh sound and I sure did. There are many great integrateds out there...
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