MX 117 with MC40 monoblocks?

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  1. BillWojo

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    I have a set of restored MC40 monoblocks hooked to my HeathKit AS101's, (Altec Valencias in nicer cabinets) and have been using a Carver C11 preamp. I'm wondering what a older Mac pre would bring to the picture. Yea, I know, an old Mac pre with tubes would be even nicer but to pricey for me. I am working on a trade at the moment so hopefully no money needs to change hands and we both get what we want.
    From what I understand, these were built in the early 80's. Could probably stand a recap but if it sounds good I'll pass on that till I have some money and use it in the meantime.
    I guess what I would like to know is if the MX 117 is a good match for a tube amp. What should I expect from the sound quality. It's not like I'm dissatisfied with the Carver pre, it's a great unit with a lot of features. But am I missing something?
    So what do you think?

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  2. seacliffe301

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    I know of no incompatibility issue between the two, and personally wouldn't hesitate to pair them together.
    I know the AS101's well (I have Flamenco's), and believe that selection of components would make for an outstanding sounding hi fi.
    Keep us posted.
     
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  3. 62caddy

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    Unless there are impedance mismatch issues between components, I can't see why almost any McIntosh combination of separates should prove unsatisfactory, "unmusical" etc.

    Audio Classics once swapped a pair of C8/S [mono] preamplifiers in their 2kW demonstration system and according to Ryan, it still sounded great.
     
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  4. BillWojo

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    Thanks guys, I was just wondering if any of you had paired them up already. If I wind up getting it, I'll give you a report.

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  5. c_dk

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    If I had to guess 75% of the Mx117s were paired up with MC2205 amps.

    Just like the previous tuner/preamps the cost savings in that unit allowed the new owner to go up a step in the amp.

    Based on the tuner of the MAC4100 and the C504 preamp it used the same switching and major circuit paths of the C33 preamp.

    I can see no reason for any issues in it feeding a tube amp. It could very well,once restored, outshine your dream tube preamp.......would not be the first time either.
     
  6. frodaddi

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    I have an MX117 that I pair with an MC2125 (solid state) or Latino ST-70 (tube). I think it sounds great with both.
     
  7. BillWojo

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    Turns out that it is an older MX113 so could date to early 70's. That's going to need a complete service. What kind of money does it cost to have one of these brought up to spec?
    Thanks

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