It is interesting how much hate and gatekeeping there is for one brand and product. I have witnessed the same type of behavior towards AmpsandSound amps, ZMF, Meze, and a few other brands in the last year.
It is always the same thing, this amp is better than this, this amp is too expensive, they should be selling those headphones for less because it only costs this much to make, etc. To be honest, I don’t even want to share my impressions on this forum of the amp, based on how many preconceived notions there are about this amp from people that haven’t even heard it, it would be a waste of my time to share here. I respect the opinions of the individuals that have heard the amp and come to their own conclusions based on their preferences, however that is still your opinion at the end of the day nothing more. People shoveling their hatred against the McIntosh amp and brand as a whole, that is just your opinion. The brand is loved by thousands of people worldwide, and other people should be allowed to have an opinion opposite of what yours is without fear of others trashing their opinion, or the product. That is not how you create an inclusive environment.
All too often in this hobby, it seems like you must be part of the group-think mentality, or else your opinion is minimized or trash-talked, this type of attitude is very closed-minded. I think you are going to have fans of each brand, and have pride of ownership for one reason or another, as well as have a preference of sound. I think it is more than reasonable to say at this price I prefer this amp instead of this amp or this headphone vs this headphone based on my preferences, but why so much trash talk about the manufacturers? This isn’t the forum I am used to seeing.