So my wife isn't so much into the looks of the Pass INT-150 that I currently have. Of the gear that I've shown her (trying to steer this ship a little, if I can) she really likes the McIntosh look. I love the INT-150, but if she's happy, I get to keep playing, so I'm contemplating a chage.
I recently heard the McIntosh 6600 with some Sonus Faber monitors and thought it sounded great. I heard the ma7000 with some Totem winds and thought it was very dynamic, but something about that setup (the dealer's room setup precisely) I think was keeping it from sounding organic. I am planning on going back to the dealer and listening to the amps side by side, and I'm sure they'll let me try one out in my system before purchasing, but I'm curious to know other people's opinion. I have Dali MS-4 Euphonia's with Purist and Harmonic Tech cables, a pc-based digital source with a bel canto e.one dac3 and a clear audio performance TT with sim 5.3 phono pre, shunyata pcs and hyrda 6.
So, forgetting the difference in price between the two for a second, what do you feel are the compelling reasons to get one over the other--do you feel the 7000 is a much better amp than the 6600? Are there major sonic difference, if so, what? Functional differences? Build quality? Obviously I'm going to go through them both as thoroughly as possible, but I'm curious to know other people's opinions. Does anyone not like either amp, and if so, why? Do you think it's a mistake to get rid of the Pass? In the past I've owned Aesthetix and Bat gear, but need to stay with an integrated. Any others I should try with high WAF? I'm most interested in the McIntosh one's I've mentioned, so anything with their kind of looks that have a minimum 150 wpc. Thanks in advance for everyone's help!