The two amplifier sections of the MC901 are designed to work together in a synergistic relationship and specifically engineered to assure that each section only amplifies its intended frequencies. Each amplifier section has its own discrete power supply, so neither siphons power or performance away from the other. All of this results in easy bi-amping with unparalleled performance and sound reproduction from your speakers.
Another unique feature is the internal, adjustable crossover with the controls easily accessible on the top of the unit. These adjustable crossover filters allow the user to optimize the performance of both amplifier sections to the desired listening preferences.
While the MC 901 is an entirely new design, it comes with the technology, power, and low distortion the world has come to expect from a McIntosh amplifier
When we unpacked the Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3 speakers, there was a collective “ahh” from everyone present. The gloss white finish is spectacular, and rolling them out of their well-designed packaging and into place made them the center of attraction in the room.
With the Diamond dome tweeter in its solid aluminum housing proudly sitting on top, the Continuum™ cone midrange, and Aerofoil™ cone drivers aligned below, these speakers are majestic. They are among the pinnacle of three-way vented speakers, weighing about the same as the amplifiers do.
We applied AudioQuest Folk Hero cables to connect everything, using the William Tell series Zero and Bass cables. These cables are renowned for eliminating the speaker cable’s characteristic impedance (ZERO Technology), current compression, and distortion of the signal/current transient significantly reduced. The result is dynamic contrast, transient response, and bass slam that are rendered seemingly without effort because the cable is not electrically impeding the music.
Folk Hero cables are Cold-Welded to AudioQuest’s extremely pure Red Copper Spades or Bananas. The bare copper is submerged (hung) in a vat of pure silver instead of being tumbled in a lower-grade solution. AudioQuest speaker breakouts and plug casings are not metal to not induce RF Noise into the conductors.