Jonathan Valin articulates that there are three types of audiophiles: 1) those who are interested in the absolute sound, 2) those who are interested...
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“You have got to love this amplifier with its gorgeous faceplate, four hundred-fifty watts of power, modern day safeguards designed to protect your system and the ability to provide its owner with a realistic presentation of whatever music asked of it. As the Beatles once sang “It’s only love and that is all why do I feel the way I do”, well probably because it’s a McIntosh product packed with plenty of modern day technology that still manages to retain all that old nostalgic charm from a long ago era. Yes it has that classic McIntosh look but this is no old classic, rather a modern day product on the verge of becoming a classic. Beauty, power, detail, large open soundscapes, McIntosh reliability, you really cannot ask for more than that at least not for seven thousand-five hundred dollars in a world where amplifiers costing twenty-thousand or more fail to shock us. It really was hard to knock this amplifier as it did nothing wrong and so much right. If you love a big open soundscape full of wonderful music this amplifier should definitely be put on your short list. To give you a better understanding of just how much the 452 impressed me you should know it is not going back as I bought the review piece. A big thumb up for the McIntosh MC452!”
You can read the full review here.