It’s been a while since I last posted.
Due to the widely discussed supply issues my dealer has been unable to provide 252/300DR units for demo and so I’ve had the joy of various McIntosh pre/power units over the past couple of months. This topped out with the C2700(tube) and C53(ss) paired with the MC462 which is a total beast. I have no idea why McIntosh gets such a bad rep in this country, the C2700 in particular is stunning, anyway that’s for another thread…
I still can’t get my hands on the 252/300DR units, but I have been provided the 282/250DR which I’ve paired with my SC. Immediate impression is mixed so I’m going to a) give it a week or so to settle in (the 250DR is brand new) b) try to avoid comparisons to the McIntosh gear which is in the budget level above.
My question is really how does this combination sound compared to the 252/300DR? Would I be correct in assuming that the pre-amp is going to have the majority of impact on sound signature and there will only be a small difference in the power amps?
I note that a few people have chosen to pair the 252 with the 250DR and are having good results, but is anyone running a 552 with a 250DR? I certainly don’t need any additional power, but accept this breaks the norm.