This is the matching integrated amp to the MC 501A CD player/DAC that we also have for sale in a separate listing. Being part of the Elegance lineup, the MC 701 integrated amp is priced well within the mid-range category of integrated amps. We had the opportunity to compare the MC 701 with the McIntosh MA6300 ($4,500) and the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 800 ($13,000) and must say, the MC 701 is no slouch in the midst of these competitors. It was less warm sounding than the MA6300 but had a slightly better transparency and a smoother reproduction of music. The Nu-Vista 800 on the other hand was the tour de force among the three amps here. Lots of guts, better control and a faster sounding amp. But than again, this is a $13,000 integrated amp and should be compared with the likes of ASR and not the sub-$5,000 integrated category. So between the MA6300 and the MC 701, we think it boils down to a matter of personal choice. If you like the blue meters, the McIntosh heritage and the cool warm sound, the MA6300 is a good choice. But if want something German and a lineage that traces back to the almighty MBL and smooth, clean sound, the MC 701 is the other good choice. The MC 701 is a 120W integrated amp at 8 ohms and goes up to 185W in 4 ohms. The unit is pretty hefty at about 38lbs. Build quality is impressive and very MBL “like”. This is like the poster boy for industrialized perfection. We have the original box, manual and metal remote.
Cosmetically, the unit looks really good. Some very minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major.