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    Quote Originally Posted by CCH View Post
    Thanks. I never considered bridging that amp or noticed that McIntosh allowed for it in the manual, so that's news to me. In any case, the best choice is to use a stereo amp to produce stereo, but the bridging option is there (obviously) if the designers included it. 'Interesting that they did.
    I could be wrong but I think that all of their stereo amps can be run in parallel mono. I know the 252, 275, 402, and 602 all can. Not sure about the 2102 but it would surprise me if it couldn't.
    - Dennis

    ML: Ascent i (2), Fresco (2), Theater i, Descent i
    McIntosh: MX119, MC501 (2), MC207, MCD500, MS750
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beakman View Post
    Why (not)? Explain please.
    Too much strain on the PS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SundayNiagara View Post
    Too much strain on the PS.
    PS? Power Supply?
    All this warning against, why would McIntosh design it to do such?

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    I can only speculate, but their amps are probably over designed so that the customer has maximum flexibility in use. This also isn't anything new to McIntosh. Their amps have had this capability going back a long, long time. Longer than most compainies have been around. If you go with Mc I wouldn't worry about hurting the amp.
    - Dennis

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    McIntosh: MX119, MC501 (2), MC207, MCD500, MS750
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    Recently upgraded from a McIntosh MA 7000 Integrated (250w per channel) to a pair of McIntosh 501's for my Spires. And as others here have stated get yourself a pair of 501's if your funds allow, as they are the best sounding amplification I've ever had in my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beakman View Post
    PS? Power Supply?
    All this warning against, why would McIntosh design it to do such?
    Listen for yourself!

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    Jonervi,

    How'd you like the MA7000? I've got the integrated running on a set of Vantage's at the moment. The two components seem to compliment each other very well, which honestly isn't much of a surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    Jonervi,

    How'd you like the MA7000? I've got the integrated running on a set of Vantage's at the moment. The two components seem to compliment each other very well, which honestly isn't much of a surprise.

    Zero........

    The MA7000 was the first McIntosh equipment I ever owned, and it also powered a pair of Vantages I had at the time before I upgraded to the Spires I currently have. So I know you are enjoying a really great combo right now.

    When an opportunity to trade my MA7000 in towards the 501's came a callin, I jumped on it. All I know is that I've been through a few brands of amps with Martin Logans (Musical Fidelity/Jeff Rowland/Sunfire) all good choices, however the McIntosh is great.

    Enjoy !!!

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    It appears we're getting quite a few folks here from Maryland. Wonder if it is time to start a MD group as some of the other area have?

    Gordon
    ML Spire,McIntosh C1000 Tube Pre Amp, 2 MC501 Amps, MCD/MDA Transport/DAC Richard Gray RGPC 600 & Pole Pig,WireWorld Eclipse 6 Squared Speaker, Eclipse 5 Squared Balanced ICs, Silver Eclipse Power Cords (5)2 JL Audio Fathom F112 subs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SundayNiagara View Post
    Listen for yourself!
    Send your units down and I'll do so.
    I was hoping to avoid the 5 figure sums involved to be able to make a well conducted comparison. I was hoping that maybe someone has had McIntosh amps and at one time maybe did have bridged amps and mono's, so they could relate to me their experience from actuality rather than hearsay. Right now as it stands, a well regarded manufacturer produces a bridgeable amp without fear for the brand reputation vs. offhand opinions of folks that possibly may well have thousand dollar power cords and magical dots up their yazoo's. Nothing personal, but a large dollar purchase warrants as much objectivity as can be had. "listen for yourself" aint cuttin' it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beakman View Post
    Send your units down and I'll do so.
    I was hoping to avoid the 5 figure sums involved to be able to make a well conducted comparison. I was hoping that maybe someone has had McIntosh amps and at one time maybe did have bridged amps and mono's, so they could relate to me their experience from actuality rather than hearsay. Right now as it stands, a well regarded manufacturer produces a bridgeable amp without fear for the brand reputation vs. offhand opinions of folks that possibly may well have thousand dollar power cords and magical dots up their yazoo's. Nothing personal, but a large dollar purchase warrants as much objectivity as can be had. "listen for yourself" aint cuttin' it.
    Try posting you question over on the Mc board on AudioKarma. The link is http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=54. Lots of McIntosh experience there and this has been discussed before. I'm sure you can find someone that has done what you're asking. Good Luck!
    - Dennis

    ML: Ascent i (2), Fresco (2), Theater i, Descent i
    McIntosh: MX119, MC501 (2), MC207, MCD500, MS750
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon View Post
    It appears we're getting quite a few folks here from Maryland. Wonder if it is time to start a MD group as some of the other area have?

    Gordon
    You can count me in. 'Good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beakman View Post
    I was hoping that maybe someone has had McIntosh amps and at one time maybe did have bridged amps and mono's, so they could relate to me their experience from actuality rather than hearsay.
    Sorry, I don't own magic dots, etc. I have in fact bridged other amps, but not the Mac. (Never had any need or desire to do it, so I never looked for the capability.) In my previous experience, there was indeed a trade off between added power (what I desired) and a bit of lost clarity (which I accepted for the time being, since I couldn't afford a more powerful amp at that point). In any case, it is not unreasonable to use an amp in bridged mode if is built for it, especially as an expedient. I did the same thing myself for a few years. Having said that, I was aware that I was not getting the most out of my equipment by means of that arrangement. When I switched to a more powerful, unbridged amp, I finally got what I wanted. Bridging an amp that is not built for it (not the Mac, in this case) is, however, another story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beakman View Post
    Send your units down and I'll do so.
    I was hoping to avoid the 5 figure sums involved to be able to make a well conducted comparison. I was hoping that maybe someone has had McIntosh amps and at one time maybe did have bridged amps and mono's, so they could relate to me their experience from actuality rather than hearsay. Right now as it stands, a well regarded manufacturer produces a bridgeable amp without fear for the brand reputation vs. offhand opinions of folks that possibly may well have thousand dollar power cords and magical dots up their yazoo's. Nothing personal, but a large dollar purchase warrants as much objectivity as can be had. "listen for yourself" aint cuttin' it.
    In don't own Mac gear, but find yourself a dealer..............

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    I don't think the sound can be too bad because there are a lot of folks using the MC275 in mono mode and they seem to be quite happy with the results.
    - Dennis

    ML: Ascent i (2), Fresco (2), Theater i, Descent i
    McIntosh: MX119, MC501 (2), MC207, MCD500, MS750
    Basis 1400

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