I purchased the McIntosh MC301 Monoblock Power Amplifier(s) as a newer and more powerful upgrade to replace my older (circa 1995 - 1997) McIntosh MC150 Stereo Power Amp in my two channel system. I figured that with twice the power output (300W/Ch. vs. 150W/Ch.), the MC301's would probably have better imaging than the MC150 but, for the most part, probably not sound much better or different. Was I mistaken! While the 150 is certainly a fine sounding unit in its own right, the 301's take that clean, unmuddied, and very musical "Mac sound" to a truly higher level. What really stands out is the detail that is coming through the loudspeakers. It is super sharp and distinct. I'm hearing instrumentation in the music that sounds immersively effortless and natural, as though I'm sitting in one of the front rows at a live concert. I assume this level of quiet, non-coloration of the music is a result of the "quad balanced" technology built into these amps. Finally, the MC301 is a relatively small, compact monoblock amp compared with most other monoblocks of this type. This gives it a space saving versatility that will appeal to those that have that concern. Yet it is by no means a lightweight, both physically and functionally. Highly recommended!
Pros: Superb performance at all levels, functionality, build quality, appearance, and for some (depending on their budget priorities), good / reasonable value backed by a three year warranty.
Cons: None. However for some (depending again on their budget priorities), too expensive.
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McIntosh always gives 110%. This mono block is no exception. It's perfect for a center chanel or can be ganged to run militipal units. I drive it with an old Ampex mx10 tube mixer to give it extra warmth.
Cons: It's very heavy. If rackmounting it be sure your shelf will support 75-80 pounds without bowing.
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I bought two units to supplement McIntosh C47 preamp. Initially I wanted to get 601, however they are quite heavy (I bought also McIntosh MAC6700 - it is very heavy unit) , and I don't need so much power. 301's are much lighter and smaller units so I didn't have to reconfigure my "sound corner". They are connected to Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3. All connections are via McIntosh cables. Great sound, a lot of power.
Pros: great looking, great sound, easy to move around in comparison with larger units. actually cheap.
Cons: so far none.
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