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    VTA 70 vs Mac 240


    Pat R.

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    VTA 70 vs Mac 240

    Post by Pat R. on Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:37 am

    Somewhere I read (here?) that the VTA 70 compares to a Mac 240.. Today I'll be receiving a new to me Mac 240 that was restored by Audio Classics in NY. The seller is delivering it and auditioning my system. For power amps I now have an HK Citation II and an VTA 70 that I built last winter. I absolutely love both of these amps. I especially love that I can switch the VTA from UL to Triode mode. I currently use the VTA with EV Aristocrat speakers and a Citation II preamp. With the price of Mac equipment never seeming to come down, I couldn't pass up purchasing this one. It's local, it's getting delivered and it's restored electronically by a well known company. But I have a feeling that unless these is some magic hiding in the Mac design it's not going to out pace the VTA 70 in performance. Although it might have a leg up in the wow factor of being a Mac.

    Have any members here had the opportunity to compare the Mac 240 to the VTA 70..

    I just set this shelf up and unfortunately the VTA 70 is tucked in there sideways.  Crying or Very sad This will do for now but I'm going to have to do something about it later.


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    Re: VTA 70 vs Mac 240

    Post by wildiowa on Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:28 am

    Where is the Citation II power amp?? Has it been modded in any way?


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    Re: VTA 70 vs Mac 240

    Post by evoroadster on Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:40 am

    I am interested in any response to the OP's question. I am ready to move on to my next project and am undecided between a vintage McIntosh or a VTA70 build.

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    Re: VTA 70 vs Mac 240

    Post by Bob Latino on Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:13 pm

    Below is a forum link from a little over 2 years ago from a post someone made about comparing a VTA ST-120 with a McIntosh MC-275. Power levels on these two amps are similar. The comparison should be similar to a comparison of the VTA ST-70 and the Mac MC-240 which also have similar power levels.

    Comparison of a VTA ST-120 and a McIntosh MC-275



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    Re: VTA 70 vs Mac 240

    Post by hogzilla on Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:34 pm

    Very interesting read. I have a MC275 and love it. Now kind of want to check out the ST-120.

    I recently bought a Fisher 500B and the guy selling it had a ST-70 along with two Manley mono blocks. He said he felt a little buyers remorse with the Manley's and found himself going to the ST-70. Said pretty much what was written in the article. He had them running into a pair of Klipschorns. Sounded great.

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    Re: VTA 70 vs Mac 240

    Post by Pat R. on Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:19 pm

    wildiowa wrote:Where is the Citation II power amp?? Has it been modded in any way?

    I just noticed a typo in the OP. That is a Citation I preamp used with my VTA 70 and EV speakers.

    The main system has the Citation II in it. I'll be putting the MC 240 there in place of the Citation II.

    I was just hoping to learn more about how folks think the VTA stacks up against a MC 240. I'll read the article Bob posted in a minute.

    As to my Citation II poweramp. All of the McShane mods have been made. It's a clean and powerful amp that sounds absolutely wonderful. But then I can say the same thing for the VTA 70.. The Citation is probably one of the heaviest Poweramps I've come across (isn't it?).. I'm not looking forward to moving it.

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