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Old 03-12-2016, 10:33 AM
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Default MR 80 Restored!

I've had this MR 80 for several years. I bought it from AA member Glen. Last year it started to lose lock, so off it went for restoration. I just got it back from Absolute Sound Labs. Mark Wilson did an outstanding job of restoring it to like new condition. This was a significant undertaking involving consultation with the McIntosh factory team and a retired McIntosh service manager. Mark pulled out a coffee mug full of parts, mostly electrolytic capacitors. He re-lamped it as well, so it should be good for a long time. I highly recommend Mark's work.

It's sounding great now - better than ever.

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Old 03-12-2016, 11:55 AM
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Tom.......She's a beauty. Happy to know it is fully restored. The MR80 is a great sounding tuner.
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Old 03-12-2016, 01:02 PM
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Thanks Dan. I've owned MR 77, MR 78, and MR 80 and to my ears the MR 80 sounds the best. But is sure isn't as pretty as an MR 78 or one of the other McIntosh analog dial tuners.
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C 1100, MX 151, MCD 1100, MR 80
Nottingham Dais with Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation
SurfacePro 3, JRiver, WW Starlight Platinum USB, Schiit Yggdrasil, Benchmark DAC3 HGC

MX 151, OppO BDP-95, JVC RS-500 DILA projector, 106" diagonal Stewart Luxus Screenwall Deluxe with Studiotek 130 G3 material.

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Old 03-12-2016, 01:11 PM
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Thanks Dan. I've owned MR 77, MR 78, and MR 80 and to my ears the MR 80 sounds the best. But is sure isn't as pretty as an MR 78 or one of the other McIntosh analog dial tuners.
I'll second that opinion, word for word.
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Old 03-12-2016, 03:16 PM
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The MR80 design was cutting edge design at the time with over 60 integrated circuits for capacitance, touch-sensitive tuning and displaying of the frequency.

I agree, the MR80 is a great sounding tuner, especially when restored. I just finished an extensive restoration and recap on mine and I absolutely love the sound.

Congrats on your MR80!
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Old 03-12-2016, 03:48 PM
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great jobs looks very nice!
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:17 PM
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Congrats. Little better than a wonderful tuner.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:23 AM
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Thanks guys,
I'm listening to Minnesota Public Radio's classical outlet as I write this. It sounds fantastic. Very natural and open soundstage.
Tom
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Amati Futura Mains
Amati Homage VOX Center,
Proac Response 1sc Rears,
Three MC2301's for L,C,R
MC 602 for the rears
C 1100, MX 151, MCD 1100, MR 80
Nottingham Dais with Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation
SurfacePro 3, JRiver, WW Starlight Platinum USB, Schiit Yggdrasil, Benchmark DAC3 HGC

MX 151, OppO BDP-95, JVC RS-500 DILA projector, 106" diagonal Stewart Luxus Screenwall Deluxe with Studiotek 130 G3 material.

Lake House:
Ohm F, MC 275V, C2300, MR 77, Rega P3

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Old 03-13-2016, 09:28 AM
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Beautiful!
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Amplifiers: McIntosh MC601 Monoblocks (3), MC452 (1), B&K Reference 2220, 1240
Pre-amp: Anthem D2V
Blu-ray Player: Oppo BDP-103
CD Player: Sony CDP-CX455 400 Disc
Projector: Sony VPL-VW1100ES
Cable: Blue Jean Belden HDMI Cables, Monoprice 12 AWG CL2 Rated 2 Speaker Wire
Internet Music Source: Sonos Player
Gaming: Play Station 3
VCR/DVD Player / Recorder: Panasonic DMR-EZ48V
TV Source: Direct TV
Remote: URC MX-980
RF Receiver: MSC-400 Master System Controller

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Receiver: Denon AVR-3311CI
Amps: B&K 3220,2220
Speakers: Aerial 7B's & soon to be CC3B
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:58 AM
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The MR-80 is a terrific tuner. I bought mine new and it still sounds great. They do require periodic service and it sounds like you found a good tech!
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