I am seriously thinking of selling my vintage McIntosh MC2200 amp and buying some Schiit, Crown, or a used Hegel or PS Audio. This Mac amp has been with me for 15 years and I thought I would never get rid of it, but I’m tired of of taking this amp to the shop every 5-6 years and waiting around for weeks or months to get it back.
I would still be keeping my Mac C27 Pre-Amp, so there would still be some Mac “sauce” in my system. What would I be losing/gaining in sound quality by going to, for example, a Shciit Vidar or a Crown? Is Mac as special as the Mac choir preaches?