27 September 2017
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McIntosh Labs MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier
McIntosh sound quality on the move with the new MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier
The MHA50 offers wireless connectivity to devices via aptX™ Bluetooth® 4.1


Binghamton, NY, USA – 27th September, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced its first Portable Decoding Amplifier (DAC/headphone amp) the MHA50

www.mcintoshlabs.com UK distributor www.jordanacoustics.co.uk (£895)

McIntosh has launched its first truly portable music playback device. The new handheld MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier brings the legendary McIntosh sound quality to headphones everywhere.

The new device features a high-quality amplifier plus a high-performance 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) with high-res audio playback. It offers conventional wired connectivity for the ultimate sound quality, plus the cable-free convenience of Bluetooth®.

Wired inputs are available for Apple® iOS devices, along with Mac® and Windows® computers, plus Android devices compatible with On-The-Go USB technology. Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth® 4.1 with aptX™ technology, delivering the highest possible sound quality from Bluetooth-enabled sources.

A powerful 32-bit DAC decodes music files from almost any digital source giving an instant sound quality upgrade and enabling headphones to perform at their best. The MHA50 supports hi-res audio (32-bit/192kHz, DSD256 and DXD384 files) plus asynchronous USB audio to minimise digital distortion. The MHA50’s 3,000 mAh rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of Bluetooth playback from a single charge with even more time from wired connections.

Comparably sized to smartphones, the MHA50 is compact and lightweight for portability with a bevelled case that fits comfortably in hands and pockets. Its sleek design features a glass front panel with a touch-sensitive volume control knob inspired by the classic knobs found on countless McIntosh products. The MHA50 is built primarily from durable extruded aluminium which benefits from noise-shielding properties to help block external interference.

Two gain settings allow the MHA50 to work with all types of headphones from small in-ear models to large over-ear designs, such as the McIntosh MHP1000 headphones (sold separately). The device can drive headphones with impedance's ranging from 8-600 ohms.

McIntosh’s proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology, as seen in its high-end hi-fi amplifiers, brings an optional dimensionality to music in a natural-sounding way. Audio is output via a gold-plated 3.5mm jack which can also be used

to connect to powered (active) desktop speakers, allowing the MHA50 to serve as a desktop DAC.

The MHA50 comes complete with three USB adapter cables to connect various devices, a leather carrying case and a wall-mount charger with a USA plug and adapters for Europe and Japan.

Pricing and availability

Orders can be placed now with authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected in October (US) and November (UK). The MHA50 is priced at £895.

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