McIntosh Launches Its First Ever Hybrid Technology Integrated Amplifier, the MA252
News: McIntosh launches its first ever hybrid technology integrated amplifier, the MA252Binghamton, NY, USA, November 1, 2017:
McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched the MA252, its first ever hybrid integrated amplifier. The amp brings the benefits of vacuum tube (valve) and solid-state technology into one visually stunning packagewww.jordanacoustics.co.uk
The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first ever hybrid integrated amplifier design from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best McIntosh vacuum tube (valve) and solid-state circuit design technologies in one integrated package.
The MA252’s preamplifier stage uses two 12AX7a and two 12AT7 vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages. The amplifier’s output stage is a direct-coupled solid-state amplifier that delivers 100 watts (per channel) into a conventional 8-ohm speaker load or 160 watts into 4-ohm speakers.
An all-analogue design, the MA252 benefits from two unbalanced, one balanced and one Moving Magnet phono input for turntable connectivity; all four inputs can be named. The amplifier also benefits from bass and treble tone controls. A full-range subwoofer output is also included for use with a powered sub.
The MA252 features McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ connected to advanced high-current output transistors. The
transistors eliminate typical amplifier warm-up times so that the MA252 is in peak operating condition from switch-on. A powerful control microprocessor is used for smooth system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components that deliver the best possible sound.
Thanks to its solid-state output, the MA252 is McIntosh’s first product containing vacuum tubes to include its patented Power Guard® technology. Power Guard monitors the output signal for signs of overdriving and makes real-time micro adjustments to the input signal to prevent harsh-sounding clipping that could potentially damage the speakers.
Other McIntosh technologies found in the MA252 include Sentry Monitor™ and the High Drive headphone amplifier. Input selection, bass, treble, tone bypass, balance and input offset levels can be adjusted using the front panel knobs or the included remote control; all settings and input selection will be shown on the OLED display.
The unit sits atop a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis with a classic McIntosh-styled die-cast aluminium name badge attached to each side. Gold-plated speaker binding posts are also included. Pricing and availability
Orders for the MA252 can be placed now with authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in November (US) and December (UK). Price £4,500UK Distributor of McIntosh Lab electronics...McIntosh Labs electronics website