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An excellent sounding system. It incorporates current and vintage McIntosh technology. I have owned one pair of the ML1s since 1971. Roger Russell hand-wired new crossovers for me last year and I upgraded the upper midrange drivers and tweeters to Roger's recommendations. The ML1/ML10/MQ101 is still one of the best speaker sounds out there. I recently added an XCS350 for the center channel and an MC2255 to drive it.

We can pop 110 dB at clip point. Very impressive on DTS tracks like U571, War of the Worlds and I Robot. A truly great theater system.
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    • McIntosh MX132
    Processor
    • McIntosh MC7300
    Sub Amplifier
    • McIntosh MC-7270
    Sub amp
    • McIntosh MC2255
    Center channel amplifier
    • McIntosh MC-502
    Rear channel amplifier
    • McIntosh MC252
    Left Main Channel Amplifier
    • McIntosh MC-2255
    Right Main Channel Amplifier
    • McIntosh ML1 (6)
    Front Channel Speakers
    • McIntosh ML10 (4)
    Rear Channel Speakers. I just added a second set into the front channel so I could run the MC252 and the MC2255 at 4 ohms per channel.
    • McIntosh MQ101
    Front Channel Equalizer
    • McIntosh MQ101
    Rear Channel Equalizer
    • McIntosh MPI4 (2)
    Maximum Performance Indicator. I now have two in the system. Set for dual-trace, the unit on the left monitors mid frequencies in the front and rear channels. The unit on the right monitors low frequencies in the center and sub channels.
    • McIntosh HT12 (2)
    Subwoofers
    • McIntosh XCS350
    Center Channel Speaker

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A friend had a nite club with 901's pushed by Mac's truly great sound'I think there were 6 of them plus subs.

bigshot

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nicely done

vernneal

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Have you thought about bringing the left and right bank of speakers forward to the plane of your AV cabinet?

mjcmt

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Owner
System edited: We are back in Indiana with this system now and in our very large living room. Wow, what a sound.

jaycchristian

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Owner
System edited: Added an MC2255 to drive the center channel.

jaycchristian

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Owner
The Bose 901s work very well in center channel. They handle transients nicely and have very high power handling capacity (270 watts each). Plus, I had a pair of these in 1971 and have fond memories of many party nights with them cranked. Sometimes it's the little things ...

Thanks for looking and for your question.

Peace and be well.

Jay

jaycchristian

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Hi how do you like the 2 bose 901's for the center channel?Thanks

356a

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Owner
Glen:

When the room is dark ... it is a bit like a spaceship. I just had a 901 Equalizer rebuilt by my friend, Cornell Smith, the Audio Doctor and inserted it into the system. 901s really are good for some applications. There is lots of good McIntosh gear out there. Start small and grow yourself a great system. If I can ever be of help, please let me know.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your summer!

Jay

jaycchristian

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With all those blue lights, it must be as if you are listening up in the sky. Very nice system indeed. Your use of the 901's as a center channel is a novel idea, and a good one. Few speakers really spread the sound around like the 901's. Having used to have a pair, they were much fun. For years I have dreamed of owning some Mac gear. Glad to see you have made your dreams come true. Happy Listening. Glen

glenfihi

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This is a true collection of McIntosh gear, I love it!! Which one of the macs is the best? I too have a 252, and in the comments of my system I've seen you love it. What are the differences between the others?

philippevdb01

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Owner
Thank you for looking and for your kind comments.

jaycchristian

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that bose 901 is classic very cool system mac thunder!!!!

mcphile

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Owner
System edited: I added a second Bose 901 Series II for center channel and a McIntosh MC2255 to power them. Truly a unique and awesome system.

jaycchristian

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Owner
Thanks Rick and Happy Holidays!

jaycchristian

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Super nice McIntosh gears.

rickmak

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Owner
System edited: Added a picture. Does not show the two ML10s for the rear channel.

jaycchristian

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Owner
System edited: Added a cherry MC2205 bridged for center channel.

jaycchristian

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Owner
I will upload pictures soon.

The Bose 901 makes a GREAT center channel speaker (when properly equalized). Full range and capable of the high transient response required by DTS for example.

I know probably most Mac snobs will look down their nose at the idea. I am a Mac snob, but I go with what works. I am old enough to remember the original 901s. This one is a Series II. A nice speaker for some applications and this is one of them. The speaker is turned with the 8 eight drivers out which provides unique dispersion, much like the 901 used for public address applications. If it fails, I have three more for replacement.

Hearing is believing.

Thank you for your comments.

jaycchristian

Center
You could almost go exclusively McIntosh - awesome! The Bose 901 must feel very lonely...

Can we see some pics please?

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Owner
System edited: Added Bose 901 Equalizer for Center Channel

jaycchristian

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