1>I´ve heard a system on a high end show here in Brazil a couples of years ago, that consisted of my current player (Prima 2005), my current speakers (Gallo´s Ref 3.1) and between them, a brasilian high end pre-amp (Audiopax Model 5) and a Mcintosh MC 402, all linked w/a couple of high end expensive cables. Although I have the same speakers and player, and my room is better than the one I heard that system on the show, I cannot get the same result w/ my current set up: my system simply doesn´t sound that good.
2>Since I started this hobby about 10 years ago, the Mc´s continue to be a kind of "dream" to me. I cannot think of another high end gear that can beat the Mcintosh´s in terms of classy look, beauty, 'status', etc (IMO...).
But, as I stated in my thread, I won´t pay more money for the dream, classy look of a MC 252 (the MC 402 I cannot afford) if it doesn´t sound clearly better than the Odyssey Monos Extremes since it is more expensive than the Odyssey´s. If there is anyone that has heard both amps and can post an opinion, that will be perfect.