23 September 2016
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McIntosh Launches Luxury Headphone Amp for Today’s High-Performance Headphones
New £5,500 US-made amp delivers perfect audio to today’s luxury cans and small speakers.

16th September 2016, New York, USA: McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched an advanced headphone amp/DAC to exploit the full potential of today’s luxury headphones and also drive compact loudspeakers — the MHA150.

Note: MHA150 to arrive in the UK in October via UK distributor Jordan Acoustics

The new McIntosh MHA150 headphone amplifier has been designed to deliver the best possible sound quality to today’s luxury headphones and is also powerful and versatile enough to drive a pair of high-quality desktop or small bookshelf speakers, via its 50-watt stereo speaker outputs.
It contains the company’s new second-generation digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) enabling a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers, to connect digitally and deliver the legendary McIntosh sound quality to headphones and speakers. The amp contains three digital inputs, including USB, plus connections for two analogue devices.
The new MHA150 is handcrafted in McIntosh’s Binghamton (NY) factory and uses unique McIntosh technologies to deliver best-in-class audio performance. The MHA150’s advanced second-generation DAC is capable of high-resolution audio playback and provides support for the latest DSD and DXD files for the very best in studio-quality digital music.

The MHA150 contains McIntosh’s proprietary Autoformer technology, usually found in its large mono and stereo power amplifiers, which has been adapted to produce three headphone impedance ranges, so that any connected headphone can deliver the legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance.

•    Dedicated headphone amp/DAC designed to exploit the performance of today’s luxury headphones and deliver the legendary McIntosh sound quality
•    Additional 50-watt speaker outputs allow the connection of compact loudspeakers
•    Connects to smartphones, tablets and laptops via USB; two additional digital connections available, plus add-on streamer, the McIntosh MB50, sold separately
•    Second-generation DAC allows high-resolution music playback – up to studio quality
•    Hand-made in the Binghamton factory, New York, USA
•    Proprietary Autoformer technology enables use with any headphone
•    Proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) gives spatial sound option
Availability: available in October via Jordan Acoustics www.jordanacoustics.co.uk

Technically speaking – high-resolution audio

For DSD and DXD files, the MHA150’s USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 along with DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. For connecting digital devices, optical and coaxial inputs are included, along with the USB and MCT inputs (for McIntosh SACD players); two analogue inputs are also available.

McIntosh’s proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) can also be selected to add an additional dimension to music when listening via headphones. McIntosh’s patented Power Guard® technology is also included to prevent harmful clipping damaging headphones or speakers. A five-step Bass Boost Control allows for further sound customization
The entire unit is housed in a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis that not only compliments the classic glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminium end caps, but virtually any room decor. McIntosh’s MB50 Streaming Audio Player can also be added to introduce streaming audio functionality to the MH150 system.
Full MHA150 specifications can be found on the McIntosh website here

Price and availability

The MHA150 sells for £5,500 and will be available to in October from Jordan Acoustics

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