I have a dilemma :(
So the dilemma is that I can either get a Mcintosh MC-162 amp with C-15 Preamp for around 1700
or I have the option of getting the MA-6500 integrated for 2200.
They are both used so i guess condition wouldn't come in question. I haven't heard the pre/amp combo so quality wise I dont know how "better" or "worse" it is from the ma-6500. I heard the 6500 and was blown away from it.
I know they say separates are better, but what do you suggest in my situation.
I like the way 6500 looks compared to the combo. (But again the combo doesnt look too bad), Secondly, I hear that c15 was developed by mcintosh when clarion bought them over and clearion was on mcintosh's butt about making something really affordable (1500$ was the msrp on the premamp) and I hear that many people say it was not really a "mcintosh" product since all the parts used inside are very cheap parts. But again I also hear that 6500 is the exact same as mc-162 and c15?. So I am in a dilemma and not sure which to pick :(. If they were both the same price, I would probably go with the 6500 integrated, but the price difference is 500 . My speakers are 805S B&W.
Please let me know what I should do,
Looking forward for your reply.
Thank you very much