Mc402 Vs. Mc452

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  1. kevzep

    kevzep Its all about the Music Subscriber

    You'll never know what you're missing out on.......:D
     
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  2. gmc

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    Hey quartersaw, how would you compare your MC452 to your strapped MC2300s? I'm asking because I currently have dual MC2300s, which I love, but am considering updating. I just want to be sure that it also means upgrading.

    I have briefly demoed a couple of newer McIntosh amps, in-store, and loved them, but haven't had the chance to hear them in my system, and compare. Since you have, I'm interested in your opinion.
     
  3. quartersaw

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    I don't run my 2300's strapped anymore, but the '452 has very smooth mids, and highs, and is dead quiet. The bass response is cleaner, as well.
    The amp is so distortion free (even at very high volume) it feels like it isn't as 'loud' as the 2300. When running the '452 with blinking power guard lights, my adjacent bathroom had a number of items that fell off of the shelves - which never happened when running the strapped Mc2300's at a very 'crisp' level.
    The Mc452 has a very linear frequency presentation relative to the 2300, which to my ears, means that the 2300 gets brighter in sound, as the volume reaches for the sky...
    I'm keeping one of my Mc2300's, simply because it is still a great sounding amp. The Mc452 however, is a completely different animal...
     
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  4. kevzep

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    Excellent comparison!!
    You put a MC452 in the mix, and you'll never know what hit you!!
     
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    Man I'm going to start stockpiling MC2300s, I'll have the wall of sound in no time.
     
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    I didn't say I was getting rid of the MC2300s.
     

     

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    Well be that way:p hog...

    Just trying to corner the market here
     
  8. gmc

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    Ha!
     
  9. damacman

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    Well, you'll need (48) of 'em ... And a few MI350s! And to think two Lab Gruppen amps in 4 rack spaces would be more powerful ... Crazy.

    I was telling Greg that I'll soon be repurposing my MC2300s ... Not selling, just moving them.
     
  10. quartersaw

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    Strap ‘em in the Cutlass! :)
     

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