McIntosh MA5300

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  1. SeattleHiFi

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  3. damacman

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    I do not recall a time at which McIntosh product development has worked at this kind of pace .. Wow!
     
  4. kevzep

    kevzep Its all about the Music Subscriber

    Got the Digital module, I like that....
     
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    My only concern is I hope they can keep the quality the same as they will have to ramp up production as the product line grows. I feel that they have plenty of products in their portfolio.
     
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    Replacing an existing model with a new and improved model does not grow the line. McIntosh has had the most models compared to other companies for some time now.
    thanks,
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  7. SeattleHiFi

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    @ron-c Is there more to the MA5300 than the updated DAC, and added Bass/Treble controls (compared to the outgoing MA5200)?
     
  8. chathamdad

    chathamdad Piano Trios Rule

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    Have not posted here in a long time, but this new amp has piqued my interest. Here is a question for anyone who has a good handle on the tech in the 5300: is it worth replacing my well-maintained MAC4300V with a 5300? I'm totally happy with the 4300 and it has been re-tuned twice at the factory since I got it in 1988. My digital sources are fed in through a HeadRoom Ultra Micro DAC, and I have no qualms with the 4300's phono section. The 5300 is the same output (100wpc), and is direct-coupled like the 4300. So while it does not seem a compelling move, I'm just wondering if the tech has come so far in 30 years that I should seriously consider it (plus, Blue Meters...). Input appreciated.
     
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  9. SeattleHiFi

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    From what I have read, the MM section in the Ma5200 was not that great. Which if vinyl is your main squeeze, is kind of a let down. I prefer integrated amps for a variety of reasons, and I wish the phono section would be taken seriously (again haven't heard the Ma5200, could be wrong.) That said you can add a kickass phono section, and if you are like me and listen to tons of music, then coming into a modern piece of gear will give you peace of mind in terms of reliability. I used to have a vintage Mc stack, it was a really nice musical setup, but I did not want to deal with the hassle of vintage problems (like, what happens when the power switch goes bad on the MC2105 I had? I don't think you can get them anymore.)
     
  10. robbo400

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    Hi, I have been drooling over Mac equipment for years. This new MA5300 amp seems to be the end of the market I am more likely to afford but I prefer the tube sound. Do you think a tube integrated towards the lower end of Mac's range is on the horizon?
     
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    The new MA252 ... Might be just what the doctor ordered. http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/ma252.791099/
     
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  12. JWJW

    JWJW Bun E. Carlos

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    I'm going to wait see if they do release the ma252. The ma5300 is VERY tempting though!
     
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    The biggest improvement I see is that the 5300 is factory rated for 4 ohm’s! I was looking at a used MA5200 from Audio Classics to power my LS50’s but was hesitant because of the 8 ohm only rating. Might have to rethink things now.
     
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    The word has been that the MA 5200 doesn't have a published 4 ohm rating because of a marketing decision, but that it has no problems with 4 ohm speakers.
     
  15. typalder

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    just use the remote for treble and bass as i do with my 6700. knobs are a pain in the ass as you always have to get up to adjust.
     

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