is short summary statement I can use to best describe my system - then
it is a very "musical and not a hifi system".
To me, the term "hifi" simply mean a system used for "demo purpose" - to
show off its ability to play discs with high impact and dynamics -
simply to impress, especially the speakers and/or the amps capability to
However, these same systems seemingly very impressive at first, are
seldom able to be "musical" in the long run. And I dont think anyone buy
a system simply to play that few demo discs all the time at home!
McIntosh equipment are different. They all about musicality, enjoyment
and being able to subject the owner/listener to be totally immersed in a
music presentation. It brings out the not only the sweetness of the
music, but the total flavor inclusive of dynamics and high impact if
there is any. In short, it brings one to into the performance, into the
music. Of course,
the beauty McIntosh gears, in the dark especially are very very
mesmerizing. The nice blue meters, the red and green lightings all added
an atmosphere of serenity.
Why I made the switch from Wilson WP7 (and even the planned purchase of
Maxx 2) to McIntosh XRT30's?
always liked/loved Wilson's speakers. Having lived with the WP's ...
from 6 to 7 says so much on its influence in my hi-fi journey. However,
all these changed when I first listened to the McIntosh ML1C's. They
changed my perception about McIntosh making good speakers. The ML1C's
sounded so musical and mind you, them being 30+ years old speakers. And
being powered with an equally vintage McIntosh gears made me realized
that McIntosh DO MAKE very musical sounding speakers - apart from their
already very excellent gears!
The sound of the ML1C's are so analogue, so musical. These very same
words are being uttered by almost every audiophile friend of mine -
after they had a long session, listen to this vintage McIntosh system.
Mind you, these guys owned speakers like Genesis 300, Talon Firebird
Diamond, MBL 101E's, Klipsch Cornwall III's, all much more costly and
supposedly very high end speakers.
I took the gamble and ordered the pair of XRT30's (before the coming of
the XRT1k's) and like they say, the rest is history!
I bought the MC2000 for the sole purpose of wanting to own one of the
rare tube amps. Well, I am a weird person of sorts and would now want to
own a pair, simply for the "dream" that one day, I might have a "third"
system using these 2 sets for bi-amping purposes. Meanwhile, they stay
on the racks as show pieces. At least, I once have them playing the
a while ... and they do sound good as long as performing within their
Changes? Well, I am toying with the idea of changing my current 2 pairs
of MC1201's for the newer MC1.2k's ... and up the ante by going for the
ultimate 3-some - tri-amping. On the otjher hand, for the same monies, I
could also go for the ultimate stereo pair of MC2Kw's ..... Decisions,
very tough ones ...... which I am still pondering and because of this, I
freeze the LED Kit upgrade plans for my current 2 pairs of MC1201's. The
other contradicting idea was the adding of a C1000C/1000T pre-amp where
in the first place, I was planning for an all DIGITAL McIntosh system
have succeeded). This mainly due to the arrival of the new McIntosh MT10
Turntable ......... I am still working out my prerogatives and
priorities, .... so far, I am and have been able to hold my hands from
my banking account.
Anything can happen in the future, who knows. I might even be crazy
enough, if I can and will want to buy a bigger home. For with the added
space, I might just go for the REAL ULTIMATE McIntosh system, the
Reference 2k system. Then, no brainers, the MC2Kw's (2 pairs perhaps)
and maybe the XRT2K speakers too.
Meanwhile, I am really enjoying every minute of my time with my 2
systems. The all digital McIntosh in the living room and before sleep,
the Vintage system! And until I made up my mind which way I want to
upgrade, I shall continue to enjoy them! And if the change should come,
its purely vanity and nothing to do with the current system being not up
I listen to all kinds of music, classical (light ones), Jazz (but not
into big band nor very "deep" standards), and some pops. For Chinese
pops/jazz, I listen to singers like Cai Cin, etc, ....."
...... Jerry Seh, Dec 23 '07