Mcintosh MC275 vs Marantz 8/8b

Mcintosh MC275 Comm edition or later


Marantz 8/8b

Which is better? I think they are the best from both companies, except marantz 9 which I have no way to afford.
marantz 8b is not able to drive most current speakers but 275 can. marantz 8b is best for vintage such as LS3/5A.
MC 275 ranks 3rd or 4th in Mcintosh tube amplifier line up. # 1 buy far is the MC 225 ***** STARS. # 2 MC 240 ***1/2 STARS # 3 MC 30's barely *** stars # 4 MC 275 *** stars. More power does not mean better sound.This is my opinion of coarse. Everyone has different ears.All mac tube amps sound great!!! But some better than others.
Marantz8b all the way. Less tubes in the audio path. Superb output coupling transformer. The Marantz can drive electrostatics like Quads and any speaker with a sensitivity of 88dB/1W/1meter provided you don't listen at earth shattering levels. An original 8b will require service unless it has already had it's power supply caps and the voltage doubler caps replaced.
I had the pleasure of hearing a worked over 8b today. Simply awesome sound. So rich and complete. I'm a solid state guy and it takes a bit to 'wow' me, but the 8b was 'wow' worthy. Simply exceptional.
I already use a Marantz 8b with B&W 803s, in ultra linear mode , excellent experience , really amazingĀ