MX117 Preamp/Tuner

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  1. kelsa

    kelsa Active Member

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    Anyone have any experience with this piece? I am using a C27 and was wondering how the MX117 would compare.
     
  2. Gregory

    Gregory Radical Lab Animal

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    The following page MAY be of interest. It describes the C27 and prior C26, as well as the MX112.
    http://www.roger-russell.com/c26pg.htm


    Not exactly the MX117 however that is described here:
    http://www.roger-russell.com/tunpre.htm#mx117


    AND, here are the preamps: http://www.roger-russell.com/preamps.htm#c27

    Check the specs that Roger has compiled including dates `Sold fromĀ“ (i.e. vintage.)


    -Gregory


    "McIntosh instruments have been and are the LABORATORY STANDARD for the world."
     
  3. Gregory

    Gregory Radical Lab Animal

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    Here's more info per your request. From the McIntosh Catalog, p38, received circa 1984 (based on mailing label) the following blurb:


    COMPACT, FLEXIBLE - MASTER CONTROL WITH SUPERIOR AM/FM TUNING

    [SIZE=+2]The McIntosh MX 117[/size]

    AM/FM STEREO TUNER-PREAMPLIFIER

    [​IMG]

    Match the McIntosh Stereo Tuner-Preamplifier with the McIntosh power amplifier that satisfies your room and musical requirements. Advanced circuits and performance features make the McIntosh MX 117 ideal and especially convenient solution for discriminating stereo listeners.

    Note: Sold from 1980-1984. Last retail price $1649.00



    -Gregory


    [size=+1]McIntosh[/size]
    still... The [size=+1]best[/size]
     
  4. Vinyl Rules!

    Vinyl Rules! Well-Known Member

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    I'd sure like to know more about the design history of the preamp in the MX117 and its equivalent preamp, the C504.

    What is so interesting is that this was the only Mcintosh ever designed with a phono section with an input capacitance of 50pf.

    Almost every other McIntosh preamp had a phono input capacitance of 65pf, suggesting that all of these other preamps with phono input capacitances of 65pf shared the exact same phono preamp design.

    So why was only one McIntosh preamp ever made and designed with a phono preamp section of 50pf? I've read some posts in other forums that claim the C504/MX117 was McIntosh's best ever phono preamp design.

    This is curious. :scratch2:

    Anyone care to comment? :cool:
     
  5. Johncan

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    I am curious to find out the answer to this as well.

    John
     
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  7. Johncan

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    I put the MX-117 into my main system. The phono preamp on it is very ,very good. It is quieter than my MX-110Z and appears to have better dynamics as well. I am currently using a Grado Blue MM cart and will experiment some more.

    I am impressed.

    John
     
  8. elling

    elling Active Member

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    Don't forget that the MX117 includes the equivolent of the MR75 tuner --- an outstanding tuner. Very good FM reception and sound quality (although I wish it had multiple selectivity settings). The MX117/MR75 also has a very good AM section.
     
  9. Urizen

    Urizen Lunatic Member

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    Glad you are enjoying it, John.:thmbsp:
     

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