I am in the market for some vintage McIntosh stuff and after doing some research I think what I want is a combo of tube preamp and solid-state power amp (so I can get the tube warmth with the less expensive future tube replacement costs). This has brought me to wanting to match the MX110 –Z tube preamp with the MC2205 solid-state amp.
I particularly like this option because the preamp has a tuner. I plan to hook a DAC up to the AUX and my Technics 1200 to the phono 1. Also, I like this option because my future-wife should approve of the appearance of them, so I can have hifi equipment in the open and she won’t consider it an eyesore.
Any thoughts on this matchup? Should these two perform well together? This is my first attempt to get into the hifi market. Not sure about speakers yet, but I was thinking about B&W CM5’s; any input on speakers would be appreciated too.