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I don't quite get it.  I would expect an integrated to make a bit of a sound quality sacrifice in exchange for easier form factor and lower price than similar separates.  But this thing is massive and I don't see any dollar savings either (compared to Mc separates).

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On 1/30/2021 at 5:43 PM, AThrillOfHope said:

Okay, First World Problems here ... tearing my non-existent hair out between this integrated MA12000 and the C2700/MC462 separates.

 

Both have the tubed pre-amp and solid state amp I want. Space-saving is not an issue with me. My key factor is: the separates are $3,000 more: are they worth it over this beautiful integrated amp?

You should listen to both setups, then decide.  If you do not have a local boutique dealer (usually your best bet), your local Best Buy probably has these in their Magnolia department.  At the risk of giving you an even larger "problem"--you might also consider a C22/MC462 combo with a separate DAC.  The separate DAC is more likely to produce a sonic difference than the integrated vs amp separates

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