Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by CarlV, Jan 22, 2006.
JUST sold my MC500 a few months ago ... superb amp!
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.
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.
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.
I have a couple pieces right now that see action from time to time.
in my "Tube Room" system I have a MR-78
I put my 2500's up on the shelves and farted. Hehe!
I added the McIntosh MT2 turntable to my system.
Acoustat 1+1 speakers
Pioneer PL-S70 TT
Living Room "vintage" system:
Generic Tube amp.
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.
Got my refurbished MR77 up and running on Father's Day.
Still need to diddle with the new LEDs though.
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
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
Simaudio Supernova CD
Denon D65L table
Denon 103R cart
Audioquest interconnects and speaker cables
EICO HF-12 (mono integrated)...fully restored, 14w, EL 84
EICO HF-12 (mono integrated)...same
Zu Audio Omen
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon table
Random left over cables for other systems
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