Do true audiophiles own Mcintosh gear

It seems like all the high-end dealers I have bought from or talked to think that Mcintosh is living on it's past reputation. The 2 stores that carry it locally are more mid-fi stores than high-end. I have a friend that swears by it but he hasn't listened to his Mcintosh in over 2 years. What do you think?
Really? That might be a stretch, there are other brands and for certain many random products within brands that people hesitate to sell.
No. McIntosh is kitschy looking overpriced Mid Fi with chromed plastic knobs. GROSS!!!
Having actually owned McIntosh, the knobs are metal. I had an amp damaged in shipping and some knobs were damaged and I had to replace them.
The Mc452 is rated highly by serious reviewers. Here's an interesting amp shootout of 41 amps where McIntosh does well.