Published on July 11th, 2017 | by The GC Team0
McIntosh launches 300-watt integrated amplifier
McIntosh has announced its “biggest ever” integrated amplifier, the 300-watt MA9000, featuring built-in upgradable DAC with five digital inputs for media devices, and phono inputs for connecting turntables.
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.
McIntosh is accepting orders for the MA9000 with shipping expected to begin in the US in July. Price is $10,500, with UK pricing to follow.