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McIntosh MC207 Multi-channel Power Amplifier Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 January 2008
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McIntosh MC207 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
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The Downside
While I enjoyed my time with the McIntosh MC207, there were a few issues I took note of during my evaluations. First, the MC207’s protection circuits are a bit to finicky for my tastes. Every once in a while, I found the center channel dropping out for brief moments of time, then coming back on, even when I was listening at moderate volumes. This didn’t happen too often, but it did happen, and the transitions were not as lightning-quick as McIntosh would have you believe. I’m pretty sure that my experience was unique to my review unit and not indicative of MC207s in general, but it’s still worth mentioning.

While the McIntosh MC207 glass faceplate is supremely elegant, keeping it clean was quite a chore. Also, when moving the amp, I was constantly wary of possibly cracking the glass, as it was not some sort of glossy Plexiglas or plastic. If you’re one to set an amp and forget it, then this will be less of an issue for you, but it is still one that you should take into account.

Again, system matching is key to any well thought-out and balanced system. Your ears will judge whether or not the McIntosh MC207 is right for you and your sonic tastes. With a little effort, even the McIntosh MC207’s smooth demeanor can be tailored to fit a variety of needs.

With a retail price of $6,000, the McIntosh MC207 is something of a bargain, compared to other McIntosh products, as well as super cost-no-object amplifiers everywhere. Its sophisticated sound and smooth top end and midrange, coupled with a robust bottom end, makes it a rarity for solid state amps, as it doesn’t really sound like one. While incredibly musical and no slouch when it comes to movies, the McIntosh MC207 may require a bit of finessing when it comes to system matching to deliver all of the goods should you require it. However, if you’re the type to simply pour a glass of wine and sit back and bask in the glory of good old-fashioned musicality, than the McIntosh MC207 is the amp for you. Don’t be afraid to balk at the old audiophile aristocracy every once in awhile, for the McIntosh MC207 is up to the challenge.

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