Mcintosh MC225 or MC240 with Heritage Klipsch Belle Speakers?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Garthb, Nov 10, 2019 at 12:12 AM.

  1. Garthb

    Garthb Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    portland,oregon
    I have an opportunity to buy a used amp for basically the same price, which would you choose for the Belle's?
     
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    Best condition. Look inside.

    If both mint, the 240.
     
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  3. Warren Jarrett

    Warren Jarrett Audio Note (UK) dealer in SoCal/LA-OC

    Location:
    Fullerton, CA
    I am curious to ask: What about the 30 wpc monos? I know they are a lot more expensive, but they would sure look nicer, one next to each speaker. How would they sound compared to the stereo models?
     
  4. Garthb

    Garthb Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    portland,oregon
    thanks, Steve! It appears the 240 is in better condition, or at least has a better condition chassis.
     
  5. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    Get the 240. The 6L6GC output tube is not rare and easily found.
     
  6. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

    If they haven't been restored electrically over the last few years, either one you choose will need it. You'll want somebody that really knows their way around these vintage amps.
     
  7. Garthb

    Garthb Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    portland,oregon
    Agreed, I'm buying from a restoration guy
     
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  8. Abbagold

    Abbagold Working class hero

    Location:
    World
    I’ve got a 240 with a pair of Cornwalls. I’ve been more than happy for close to 10 years with the match.
     
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  9. onemug

    onemug Well-Known Member

    Any chance of listening listening to both first? The 6l6 and 7591 output tubes are both great sounding tubes, you might prefer one over the other but I think you will be happy with either.

    If not, I'd say go for the 240. I had one for awhile and liked it immediately over the first 2 reissues of the 275 I had. It just sounded 'right'.
     
  10. Abbagold

    Abbagold Working class hero

    Location:
    World
    Tube rolling plays a good part. I’m a bit against the grain as I don’t have any TFK’s in it. Mullards for the 12au7’s, mullard 12ax7 in the V1, rca black plates for the 12bh7’s and Tung Sol 5751’s for the cathode followers. This suits my cornwalls and my room. The cornwalls are Crites upgraded and plumbers putty around the horns and tweeters. Ymmv.
     
  11. IanL

    IanL Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oneonta, NY USA
    I recommend the GE’s. The RCA black plates are also nice, and will provide a bigger bass response, but for my tastes, the GEs are definitely more 3-dimensional, and are very balanced across the sound spectrum.
     
  12. Warren Jarrett

    Warren Jarrett Audio Note (UK) dealer in SoCal/LA-OC

    Location:
    Fullerton, CA
    I apologize if including my questions about the MC-30 mono amps are not what the original question intended, but please, if anyone has direct experience, how would they sound with Klipsch speakers compared the the stereo amps so far discussed here? Is there anything to differentiate the three comparable amps, such as any general consensus about the power tubes' character?

    I think for Belle-Klipsch or Cornwalls, my favorites, the difference in power is insignificant.
     
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  13. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Strange Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Ive not had a pair of Belle’s, since they have a bass bin you may very well be correct about the power. But with Cornwall’s, they like more power than their sensitivity measurement would suggest. When I went from a fisher 400 to a kx-200, the extra 8 to 10 wpc was a very big improvement in the bass. I do love tubes but the I’m running my Cornwall’s with a Mac 4100, 75 wpc SS and it really sounds full and effortless. I think the woofer likes power to get going. It could also be the MAC is just a better product but I have used various other amps and the extra power really helps the bass. Less flabby, smeared and faster.
     
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