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McCormack TLC-1
14 Reviews
rating  4.86 of 5
MSRP  1095.00
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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by audiomaster a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2015

Bottom Line:   
I had this preamp with DNA 0.5 power amplifier, it was ok, nothing to get excited about, I found it kinda cold, it had its moment, but overall character was cold.

Would I recommend this to anyone, well if the price is right, yes, but I would not pay alot for it.

The kind of sound TLC offers is transparent yet unfocused, active mode was better then the passive as it offered better dynamics in active mode.

There are better preamps available, just have to do a proper search and read reviews, specially here on audio review site.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HIFIVE a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This is the closest you may get to a straight wire with gain & the shortest signal path leads you to audio nirvanna more quickly. Even if your love tubes, the TLC-1 is an excellent alternative providing an uncolored, neutral sound. I was very surprised at the dynamics it produced but naturally the source & power amp will also play an important role. I tried it on both a Belles 150A reference & a McCormack DNA-1 with excellent results. I tried both passive & buffered (buffered gives a slight more gain between the two) but I like the passive output for the best for resolution, transparency, & detail but both outputs are close. For what the TLC-1 does so superbly right I have no choice but to give it high marks.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tlea a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2004

Bottom Line:   
At full retail price, this unit has long been considered one of the great values in audio. You can find them on the used market these days for <$500, which is an unsurpassed bargain for anyone looking for a two channel music-only system. Modifications and upgrades are available from the original designer, who sold the company several years ago. I have auditioned preamps costing $2k - $3k that are no significant improvement over the TLC-1.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Demo



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ajd2222 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Believe all the hype. This is the real deal. I had read for years about the transparency and true reproductive qualities of this classic, and it is all true! Simple, clean, detailed, spacious, even a 5 year old can use it (my daughter stresses me when she starts playing it thought!), and available in the used market for cents on the buck compared to when new. Nothing comes close in its new or used price range. 10 year old technology and construction that I intend to keep a lifetime!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   www.hifimagasinet.co



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HeyMario888 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The TLC-1 sound can be characterized as very neutral and open, acting like, well, a totally passive unit; however, the sound in passive mode is slightly lacking in dynamics specially in the lower frequencies. For the price though, it is very hard to fault this equipment.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon




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