What McIntosh Gear Are You Using?

Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by CarlV, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. damacman

    damacman Blown and Injected Subscriber

    Gilbert, AZ


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  2. JonasHz

    JonasHz New Member

    I have owned and used both new and vintage McIntosh before, but I am no expert.

    I have previously owned a new MA-7900 integrated amp, but these days I have been mostly into the vintage stuff, owning a vintage MA6200 integrated amplifier that sound amazing.

    But recently I was lucky enough to come across a beautiful stereo system build in 1966. I have never seen anything like it and it looks great to me. It might not have the power of modern day standards, but the sound is there, even though I can hear it could be improved with the right service. Especially the turntable sounds very low in output and with some system noise.

    The craftmanship and attention to detail that went in to building this system just blew me away and now I have to figure out a way to get it restored probably. I thought that this might be the place to share this find with likeminded. Any ideas how to proceed, proper restauration or comments regarding this set up is greatly appreciated. Look forward to hear your thoughts.

    I am adding a photo of the MA6200 as well. I listen primarely to vinyl, rock, blues, pop, soul, funk etc., but with this recent addition I am enjoying listening to radio as well. Mostly classical music.

    The system consists of:

    McIntosh MR71 Receiver
    McIntosh MA5100 Preamp-Amplifier

    with a Thorens 124MKii turntable and custom cabinet Pioneer speakers.

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  3. damacman

    damacman Blown and Injected Subscriber

    Gilbert, AZ
    Very nice. Really, a restoration of both the MA5100 and MR71 is in order given their age. Restored, the performance would rival a lot of today's offerings.
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  4. JonasHz

    JonasHz New Member

    Thank you very much. I am searching for the right person for the job. There is a lot of dust inside, so it does need a good cleaning up! Also some strange bumps and noises comes and goes once in a while.
  5. mimalmo

    mimalmo I like big speakers Subscriber

    I have a couple pieces right now that see action from time to time.

  6. kcline

    kcline Tube Audio Collector Subscriber

    Triad NC
    in my "Tube Room" system I have a MR-78 DSCN0523.JPG


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  7. tuffstuff1

    tuffstuff1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    N.E. Ohio
    I put my 2500's up on the shelves and farted. Hehe! IMG_1873[1].JPG
  8. samurai7595

    samurai7595 Active Member

    I added the McIntosh MT2 turntable to my system.

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  9. Chubba

    Chubba Active Member

    StCatharines Ont Canada
    Very nice!
  10. stingray_65

    stingray_65 New Member

    Mac1900 integrated
    Acoustat 1+1 speakers
    Pioneer PL-S70 TT
  11. Ricktptman

    Ricktptman Great Music deserves Great Gear and Vice-Versa. Subscriber

    Where it's at!
    IMG_20180619_012541962.jpg Living Room "vintage" system:
    Generic Tube amp.
    Sennheiser HD650's
    (No speakers)

    I finally got all the squawks and quirks out of the gear after it had been in storage (or something)
    for an apparently long time. The only thing left now is the occasional weirdness in the C28 volume pot,
    which I've been advised to live with for as long as possible. I've got a new pot that's guaranteed to be better than the
    original, but I've read the many threads about how that's almost never the case. Tapping the pot (from the front)
    generally makes it behave for a week or three, so that's where it's at for now. I'll post a picture soon.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
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  12. FauxHall

    FauxHall Super Member

    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Got my refurbished MR77 up and running on Father's Day.

    Still need to diddle with the new LEDs though.

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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2018
  13. bastelwut

    bastelwut Member

    Ufortunately I sold my MC2505.
    But I wanted a SET with 2A3 tubes and soundwise I did not regret it.
    So...the MX110Z is the only McIntosh unit left and it will stay forever!
    Right now I'm saving money for a MC240

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  14. LPplayer

    LPplayer McFan Subscriber

    My C52 running through freshly restored MC2100 has almost everything I want. But a used MC452 is on the radar in a few months. Any offers on a one owner lightly used 275 Mk5 with Gold Lions?
    (Still listening to IMAGINATION by BB Mr Wilson. What a hoot!)
  15. shedshrine

    shedshrine Active Member

    SF Bay Area
    Mac 1500. Bought gone over from a used audio store in Berkeley early 2000's. Took off the wood case. There is a little bubbling on the tuner glass decal, and I added a nos knob that was missing. Liking what I'm getting with the (modded) Klipsch fortes. Headphone out gets a lot of use as well.

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
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  16. JDG9001

    JDG9001 New Member

    Two MC2100 soled state slow transistor amps, fully restored by Tom Manley and Terry DeWick, C15 Preamp, MC301 SACD Player, Thorens TD125 w/ SME 3009 tonearm and Ortofon SM Black Diamond, two DCM Time Windows, two Altec Valencia 846As, Squeezebox internet radio, TIDAL music stream through AudioEngine B1 DAC, housed in Jens Quistgaard rosewood vintage media credenza.

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  17. Andre Garcia

    Andre Garcia Active Member

    Florida, USA.
    I am new here!
    I am a McIntosh user. I own a nice C26 and a MC7100W perfect mach IMO. the MC7100W is wider than the C26 but both look great and sound terrific.
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  18. Treyphan

    Treyphan Member

    Lake Orion Mi
    A mint, restored MX-110z, with original Walnut case and pan-locs. Sporting all Telefunken NOS tubes, except the 6D10, NOS GE there.

    With 2 MC240’s running strapped for each channel. The 240’s both have Matched quads of 6L6 RCA Black Plate’s, and NOS Telefunkens for the 12AX7,AU7, and BH7’s

    I use both a Micro Seiki DD-40 with an MA-505 tonearm and Denon DL-110, and a Thorens TD-121 with an Ortofon SMG-212 with a Denon DL-103r or SPU GTe MC cart.

    Also use a Denon CD player and the Maverick Dac Magic second version.(great deal) and sounds better than a couple I paid 5 times more for. That’s why they’re gone. Try it, streams my Hi-Res and sounds delicious, and it easily upgradeable.

    These play through some Modded Klipsch “Super Heresy”(google it) or Restored Bozak 302a’s with the Tobin mods.

    I use Ven Den Hul interconnects and home brew OFC AU plated speaker cable.

    Best system I’ve had yet. Have 0 want to upgrade anything.

    Here’s an older pic, before I built my rack. I’ll post those pics when home.

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  19. Gearjunky

    Gearjunky Jack of all trades, master of none Subscriber

    Ahhh the McIntosh slippery slope. All vintage gear. An Audio Classics MX110Z, Yves Beauvais restored MC30’s, MC2105, C27, CR7 Remote system. Rega P3 and ifi dsd micro dac.

    Speakers are my weak point but in all honesty, I’m enjoying the heck out of them. Affordable Accuracy models from Dennis and the disliked Infinity SM112’s. I did add new foam surrounds, braced and reinforced the cabs and added acoustic foam inside and they aren’t that bad. I do have some Heresy’s I may obtain soon but not losing sleep over it.

    I also have an MX112 that needs a going over and an MC250 in the family room with another CR7 remote. The MC2100 I just purchased not workIng, did a full cap job, filter caps and multicap, few resistors and all new output transistors, a cool project I thoroughly enjoyed...

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  20. cajunpepe

    cajunpepe New Member

    System 1:

    MC 601
    MC 601
    MCT 450
    MPC 1500
    VPI Aries 3
    Lyra Argo i
    Nakamichi CR-7A cassette deck
    Acoustic Zen Matrix Ref II interconnect
    XLO Electric Reference 3 interconnect
    Nordost TYR 2.5m speaker cable

    System 2:

    MC 501
    MC 501
    MPC 1500
    Simaudio Supernova CD
    Denon D65L table
    Denon 103R cart
    Magneplanar 1.7
    Audioquest interconnects and speaker cables

    System 3:

    EICO HF-12 (mono integrated)...fully restored, 14w, EL 84
    EICO HF-12 (mono integrated)...same
    Zu Audio Omen
    OPPO BD-203
    Pro-Ject Debut Carbon table
    Random left over cables for other systems

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