With a McIntosh amplifier, you have to be prepared to spend a couple extra bucks, but you get what you pay for. You can hear every extra penny in the sound quality of a McIntosh-equipped home theater, and even people who aren't typically big audiophiles will be able to tell that this sounds a little better than some off-the-rack department store setup. We don't even need to tell you that the MC611 doesn't disappoint. If you're familiar with the home theater scene, then you're familiar with McIntosh, and you know that they're not a brand that makes a habit of letting us down.
It Makes Everything Sound Better
So the question isn't whether the MC611 is any good, of course it is. The question is whether you're ready to replace your old amp for this one just yet, and that comes down to the features and what the amp can do for your system. Here's our short review: Bad audio never sounded so good.
That's the thing about a great sound system. You can listen to your hi-fi records and 4K Blu-rays on it, but not all the audio coming through the system is going to be excellent. Not every TV show you watch is going to be sound-engineered with audiophiles in mind. Not every movie is available in crisp, clear 4K. You probably know a few deep-end audio guys who only listen to classical music, and maybe it's not a big concern for them. For the rest of us, we're going to encounter bad sound mixes from time to time, and the clarity of our high-end sound systems only amplifies the shortcomings of certain movies, TV shows and songs.
An Almost Magic Fix
The MC611 isn't exactly a magic fix for bad audio, but it comes pretty close. It smooths over rough clipping by monitoring input signals and adjusting them on the fly and utilizes a Quad Balanced design to eliminate most audible noise and distortion. And you're not just saving your ears, here. Sudden spikes and crackles in bad sound mixing can actually harm your speakers and set you back a few hundred dollars.
The MC611 is kind of the perfect amplifier for the middle-high-end audio market. You demand better sound quality than the average consumer, but you're not willing to give up watching network TV or those rare kung fu DVD's you've been collecting just to ensure that you never have to listen to anything but absolutely pristine sound. The MC611 is unnecessary for the audiophile who refuses to listen to anything recorded this century, but it's vital for those of us who love great audio, just not so much that we absolutely refuse to listen to anything that wasn't mixed to our own impeccable standards. If you're getting tired of hearing distorted, tinny, crackling audio on TV, you need this amp.
If you have questions about this amp or any other home theater systems, we'd be happy to help. Contact us today at Atlanta Home Theater to set up a consultation with our experts.