McIntosh launch the MA8900 - Integrated amp

Review - McIntosh MA8900

McIntosh MA8900

McIntosh launch the MA8900 - Integrated amp
T he McIntosh MA8900 is the first of a McIntosh next generation line of integrated amplifiers. The MA8900 Integrated Amplifier offers 200 Watts per channel, includes digital inputs, an MM and MC phono stage and a headphone amp.

The MA8900 is the first product to feature McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™. These are made from high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity properties and are so efficient at dissipating heat that they warrant bearing the McIntosh “Mc” logo. Besides helping the MA8900 run cool, they’ll also help it look cool thanks to our new finishing process that results in a higher quality appearance. They are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time so that the first musical note played sounds just as good as songs played later in the listening session.

To keep up with the ever-changing world of digital audio, all the digital inputs are housed in McIntosh’s new DA1 Digital Audio Module. The DA1 can be replaced by future modules to easily keep the MA8900 current with all the latest digital audio formats and technologies. The DA1 comes with an upgraded 8-channel, 32-bit DAC used in Quad Balanced mode and has 6 digital inputs. The USB input accepts signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384 kHz. Analogue stereo inputs include 1 balanced and 6 unbalanced plus 1 each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet. All inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration.

The MA8900 includes many other updates including new, more powerful control microprocessors to improve overall system operation and some of the latest audio-grade circuit components to allow the MA8900 to deliver the best sound possible. Other McIntosh features and technologies included in the MA8900 include: our renowned Autoformers; Power Guard®; Sentry Monitor™; Home Theatre PassThru; High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®); 5-band analogue tone controls; and gold-plated speaker binding posts. The entire unit is wrapped in the timeless McIntosh aesthetic with blue watt meters, a black glass front panel, control knobs, illuminated logo, aluminium end caps and a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis.

■ Pricing* and Availability

Orders are now being accepted with shipping anticipated in June for MA8900. Target retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded):

MA8900: $7,500 USD

*Pricing subject to change


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