thinking of switching to McIntosh preamp. Feb 13, 2014 23:53:38 GMT -5
Post by RightinLA on Feb 13, 2014 23:53:38 GMT -5
The C41 was one of worst $big preamps I have ever heard, flat, lifeless, some might say MP3 like. With a potentiometer volume control that went scratchy in a few days of use.
The problem with the C42 is that it outputs balanced at +1.2 and -1.2 volts. That's half the industry standard, I needed another pre amp between the C41 and a power amp to get decent volume. Strange design that one.
The C2300 I have no personal experience with, but I noticed that it was replaced with the C2500 is double quick time (for McIntosh anyway). Possibly to overcome the stupidity of not equipping the C2300 with a DAC. Yes, that's right a $6K pre amp with no DAC
I agree "once you go Mac it is hard to go back" because you have wasted all your money.
As for the C2300, some might argue (and have) that a $6K pre amp should not have a DAC and that the C2300 is a perfectly good pre amp, that's a perfectly reasonable opinion. But obviously McIntosh themselves don't agree with that opinion, because they replaced the C2300 with the C2500 in what for them was short order. More importantly the C2500 comes with an on board DAC. You can read that however you like, to me it's a strong indicator that they admit that they made a mistake leaving the DAC out of C2300.
My opinions are exactly that, my opinions, not worth a lot, but I stand ready to defend them when challenged.
Your experiences differ from mine by 180 degrees. The C41 and C42 are very fine preamps. Your negative experience with those preamps is way outside the norm.
Perhaps you mated the preamp with the wrong amp. I mate mine with a MC168 and MC202 and they are wonderful pairings.
I'd gladly trade my XSP-1 preamps for a good condition C42 or C41 or even a C15 preamp any time. That doesn't mean I don't like the XSP-1. I do very much, but it isn't a McIntosh.