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McIntosh ma6300 or ma6600

I've wanted a good system for years but with a house, kid, bills I've been stuck listening to music on a computer.  Now I'm finally able to start saving a little every month for a dream system. 

I know that I want to purchase Vandersteen 3A speakers.

I was wodering about what integrated amp I should save for.  Judging from reviews, the Mcintosh MA6600 sounds pretty amazing but at 6 grand it's going to be that much longer before I can own it.

Am I dreaming too big?  Would the MA6300 power the Vandersteens almost as well?

Are there other, cheaper options in the integrated amp world that would suit my needs?

I really appreciate any help with this issue.

 

 

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There are some really nice units coming from

China these days. So, if you are not philosophically or otherwise adverse to made in China it should get serious consideration.

The Dussun V8i is an impressive piece and the Jungson JA88D is available in Class A and Class AB versions.  There are some Xindak pieces which get good buzz as well.

Also made in China but designed and distributed by a company in Franklin, TN is the Emotiva line. A pair of Emotiva XPA-1 power amplifers and a USP-1 preamplifier would make a pair of Vandersteen 3As rock.

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/power-amplifiers/520-a-secrets-power-amplifier-review.html

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/preamplifiers/689-emotiva-usp-1-stereo-preamplifier.html

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Thanks for the reply.  I have to say I really don't know where to start with amplification or what other components to buy besides the fact that I want those Vandersteen's and something that will make them sound as amazing as possible.

I only chose McIntosh because they're so well known.  The price, however, might be too much for me to afford.

The Emotiva brand seems really intriguing and really, really affordable.  But why can't I find many reviews of this brand online?  What is the difference between this brand and other, more well known brands?

I just want to make sure that I'm making the right purchase since I cannot afford to make the wrong decision.

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The Emotiva components are competently designed

in the US, manufactured in China with strict QA/QC, and direct marketed to the consumer.  This keeps costs down, yet provides good quality. 

The Emotiva ERC-2 CD player is reviewed by Stephen Meijas in the December Stereophile.

http://www.stereophile.com/axpona2010/affordable_emotiva/index.html

http://www.emotiva.com/reviews.shtm

I have the Emotiva USP-1 preamp, two Emotiva UPA-1 monoblock amplifers and an Emotiva ERC-1 CD player feeding my Magnestand modified Magnepan MMGs and Rythmik F12 subwoofer. I doubt I could get a much better sounding system for the $1200 I paid for the Emotiva stuff for three to four times that cost.  I have it driving $3500 in loudpspeakers and subwoofer.

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I just want to make sure that I'm making the right purchase since I cannot afford to make the wrong decision.

Remember, you can try Emotiva gear for 30 days and if it does not serve your purposes return it for a full purchase price refund.

Here is a review of my preamp and monoblocks:

http://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-emotiva-usp-1-preamplifier-and-upa-1-amplifiers/

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