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#296311 - 03/12/10 09:56 PM Mcintosh or Bryston
JC2 Offline
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I'm new here and I'm glad to meet you all \:\)

Just a question for you, What amp do you prefer: Mcintosh or

Bryston and why? (I know you prefer A-1400 ;\) but in second

position)

Sorry but my English is not perfect Thanks

JC2
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#296325 - 03/12/10 11:13 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: JC2]
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Which Mac and which Bryston?
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#296387 - 03/13/10 12:11 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: 2x6spds]
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Bryston is Canadian! Manufactured in my home town.
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#296391 - 03/13/10 12:23 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: Ya_basta]
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Neither. I prefer more bang for the buck type Audio Equipment.

Can't spend 7-15K on an amp!

However, this things looks amazing: "delivering 2000 watts of continuous power and 8000 watts at the peaks"


http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/mcintosh-mc2kw-2000-watt-reference-power-amplifier.asp

I still really want an ep800 and an a1400 amp.. Not long and I'll be craving a new center channel too \:\)
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#296394 - 03/13/10 12:30 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: Ya_basta]
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I have had the great pleasure of hearing amps from both manufacturer's and you can't go wrong with either.

I always associate Bryston with SS and the McIntosh with tubes though.

The McIntosh is built to withstand a direct nuclear hit and probably retains a higher resale value.

Older McIntosh amps (1970's especially) are highly desirable to audiophiles. Check out their eBay listings.
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#296397 - 03/13/10 12:33 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: terzaghi]
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Not sure if one is better than the other. They are both top notch. I think when you start getting into McIntosh territory (price wise); choices start to become choices centered around name, appearance and bragging rights more than sound quality or sonic differences.

Rotel and NAD both make some very good amps at a reasonable price points. I’d put them on your shopping list as well. I’m sure there are others in this league as well.
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#296462 - 03/13/10 07:24 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: Ya_basta]
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 Originally Posted By: wheelz999
Bryston is Canadian! Manufactured in my home town.

No wonder they're so damned expnsive. Teri keeps walking past the plant. Bet they have nose prints all over the front windows.
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#296503 - 03/14/10 08:35 AM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: fredk]
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\:D \:D
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#296762 - 03/15/10 05:44 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: Ya_basta]
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I would say Mcintosh, between those 2 options. Due to the Mcintosh being a tube amp, if you are talking about the Mcintosh tubes?..

However I went with Krell, more power for the same money as a Mcintosh..

What speakers are you planning on getting? what is your budget for an amp? and what kind of processor or preamp are you using?

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#296774 - 03/15/10 07:20 PM Re: Mcintosh or Bryston [Re: dakkon]
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dakkon thanks to answer \:\) I don't have a pre amp and in the future I'll buy a pair of m80v2. Don't know for the lamp amp or anything else. No budget for now.

I was just asking a general question about those company. My listening is 60% music, 30% Home theater and sometimes for gaming but I don't know if I will use it for that.

I know that Bryston is built in Canada what about Mcintosh?

Thanks JC2
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