McIntosh’s has launched its biggest ever integrated amplifier, the new MA9000. Offering a gigantic range of inputs, including five digital connections for media devices, plus phono inputs for turntables, the powerhouse amplifier has been designed to last a lifetime. The MA9000 has a high-performance built-in DAC, DA1 Digital Audio Module, featuring USB, two coax, two optical and 1 MCT input. The DA1 can be easily replaced by future modules to keep the MA9000 up to date as new digital audio formats and technologies are developed.
Its ten analogue connections comprise two balanced and six unbalanced inputs, plus Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs, both of which feature adjustable loading for fine tuning vinyl playback. All unbalanced analogue connectors are made from premium gold-plated solid brass for superior signal-handling and grounding.
The DA1 utilizes a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode. High-resolution DSD256 and DXD 384kHz files are supported via the USB input, while the coax and optical inputs will decode music up to 24-bit/192kHz. All inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration.
The new McIntosh amplifier is wrapped in the classic McIntosh aesthetic with blue watt meters
The MA9000 features the new McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ made from high-quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity properties. They are so efficient at dissipating heat, that they warrant bearing the McIntosh “Mc” logo. They are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time (or warm-up time), meaning the first note played will sound just as good as those played later in the listening session. They also have a higher quality finish thanks to a new manufacturing process.
New, more powerful control microprocessors have been used in the MA9000 to improve overall system operation. Some of the latest audio-grade circuit components have also been utilised to allow the MA9000 to deliver the best sound possible. At 300 watts per channel, the MA9000 has enough power to properly drive virtually all loudspeakers and McIntosh’s renowned Autoformer technology guarantees speakers will always receive that full 300 watts regardless of impedance.
The entire unit is wrapped in the classic McIntosh aesthetic with blue watt meters, a black glass front panel, control knobs, illuminated logo, aluminium end caps with built-in handles and a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis.
Pricing and availability
McIntosh is accepting orders for the MA9000 with shipping expected to begin (in the US) since July. $10,500 (UK pricing to follow)
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol of quality audio. Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the infamous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music.