♫ WRSE & McIntosh System

 

My Tannoy WRSE & vintage McIntosh system is my primary music listening system, the most exotic system I use for hi-fi reviews, and has tended to morph quite a bit over time. This is certainly the most enjoyable system I have ever owned, and I like it better than any other system I have heard, ever.

S&G The Concert in Central Park 3

I live in a rather small & modest nuevo bungalow home, with my living room area serving as my primary listening room (it is 27’6’’ long by 20’4’’ wide, and with variable ceiling height from 9 to 20 feet).

Room construction consists of sheet rock walls and a partial cathedral ceiling, and a concrete slab floor (carpeted). The rear of the living room behind the listening position opens to a combination kitchen/dining room, and is also open to an entryway on the right side wall.

The electrical grid here provides clean and plentiful cheap power, much to the delight of local Hi-Fi buffs.

Ella & Louis

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  4 Responses to “♫ WRSE & McIntosh System”

  1. Jeff,

    I’m hopeful all is well. Have really enjoyed reading your blogs/reviews. Have a question for you. A friend has recently acquired a pair of Tannoy Westminster GR; they sound terrific and subsequently I am now researching the Kensington GR. Do you have any experience with Kensington GR/DC10A?

    As a bit of context, I enjoy all types of music, including large scale orchestral. I’m acutely aware of the compromises of my decisions and priorities. My current speakers are Marten Design Birds driven by VAC integrated. This system does large scale quite well, but does have its short-comings. In any event, any insight is certainly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Ken

    • Hi Ken,

      Thanks for the kind words – appreciated. 🙂

      I’m not familiar with the Kensington GR, sorry about that. I suspect that they share many traits with the Westminsters, but are just sized to blend better with a smaller room.

      I like the Marten loudspeakers I have heard, they are a sweet sounding loudspeaker.

      If you decide to go the Kensington GR route let me know how it works and what your impressions are, I’d like to know more about them too.

      Kind regards,

      Jeff

  2. Hi Jeff, I absolutely loved your write up in positive feedback on the McIntosh amps you’ve been exploring. Thanks for that. I was wondering how you thought the McIntosh amps (I’m especially interested in the MC30) compared to your experience with the Leben amps. I have wanted to own vintage McIntosh amps for a while, but was recently turned onto the Leben integrateds. I guess I realize one is not necessarily better than the other, but I am looking for an amp that is non-fatiguing the most of all. I like to listen to music nearly 24 hours a day. Thanks for any input! K

    • Hi Kevin,

      Many thanks for the kind words about the vintage McIntosh article I wrote for Positive Feedback Online. I really had a blast writing that article, and I’m in love with the vintage McIntosh electronics – they make music fun!

      Of all the Leben products my favorites are the CS-600 & CS-300 integrated amps, along with the RS-30EQ phono equalizer. Really good equipment.

      The pairing of the McIntosh MX110Z full function preamplifier & tuner and a pair of MC30 mono amplifiers in tip-top condition can be had for about the same price (or possibly a little less) as the Leben CS-600 integrated amplifier. The McIntosh is warmer, richer, more colorful, and timbrally natural sounding that the Leben. Subjectively it is also much more powerful than the MC30 amps’ 30 watts would suggest.

      I think everyone should have the vintage McIntosh equipment as a calibration point at some time in their life. It’s the sort of equipment you listen to and think that if music doesn’t sound exactly the way the Mac makes it sound, maybe it should.

      I’d say if you’re thinking about vintage Mac gear go for it becomes hard to find and the price skyrockets.

      Cheers,

      Jeff

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