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McIntosh MA5300 amplifier is a hub for vinyl, digital and headphones

Small doesn't mean inexpensive

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 13, 2017 at 8:14 AM


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    McIntosh MA5300 amplifier is a hub for vinyl, digital and headphones
    McIntosh has announced the MA5300, its smallest and most powerful solid-state integrated amplifier to date
    The MA5300 combines a selection of features designed to make it a hub for home audio systems and, in addition to 100 watts of McIntosh amplification, the new amp offers digital connectivity including USB, a high-quality phono stage for connecting turntables and a high-performance headphone amplifier.

    The MA5300 has an extensive connectivity suite, including six analogue inputs (four unbalanced, one balanced and one moving magnet) and six digital inputs (two each for coaxial and optical), one USB and one proprietary MCT for use with McIntosh MCT series SACD/CD transports.

    Its digital inputs are housed within the replaceable DA1 Digital Audio Module which can be upgraded with future modules as new digital audio technologies are developed. The DA1 comes with an 8-channel, 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode and supports high-resolution audio including DSD256 and DXD 384kHz. All inputs can be given user-friendly names to simplify system control and configuration.

    Design touches include the newly launched McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks which are connected to advanced high-current output transistors that eliminate warm-up time, so the MA5300 operates at full sonic capacity from switch-on. New control microprocessors have been used to improve overall system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components, whilst bass and treble tone controls offer personal fine tuning.

    Further utilised McIntosh technologies include: Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, Home Theater PassThru and High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD). Gold-plated speaker binding posts are also included.

    The classic McIntosh aesthetic of blue watt-meters, a black glass front panel with aluminium end-caps and control knobs, plus an illuminated logo complete the MA5300.

    Orders for the MA5300 (£6,750) can be placed now with authorised McIntosh dealers. Shipping is expected to begin in October for the US and November for the UK.

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