McIntosh MA252 2 x 100 Watt Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

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McIntosh MA252 2 x 100 Watt Hybrid Integrated Amplifier
$6,995.00
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McIntosh was originally founded in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1949. The current Binghamton, NY factory continues to grow with the company. ‘Heritage’ refers to places and values past established that continue to influence the operation and culture of McIntosh today. The McIntosh founding fathers created a solid foundation based on sound business and scientific principles that continue to guide the company.

The people behind the scenes at McIntosh possess a desire to achieve the finest quality standards. McIntosh has defined quality sound reproduction and sets the standards for performance, reliability and service. McIntosh has handcrafted prestige audio products in Binghamton, NY since 1949. Glassfront panels, Output Autoformers®, Blue Watt Meters and Power Guard® are some of the innovations that enhance their product longevity.

Handcrafted in America since 1949, McIntosh is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic "McIntosh Blue" Watt Meters globally recognised 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. In 1969 McIntosh Amplifiers powered Woodstock, a pivotal moment in Music history. Three days of peace, love and music for the hundreds of thousands who attended.

Over the years, many famous musicians, recording artists and producers have selected McIntosh audio systems for the rich quality of sound, to experience music the way the artist intended. The loyalty from the music community began in the 1960s era of rock and roll. Several of their brand ambassadors have shared their experience and passion for McIntosh which has often spanned across decades.

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• Life Style Store is an Authorised Dealer for McIntosh Products.

• At Life Style Store we have the majority of the McIntosh Hi-Fi and Home Theatre product range on demonstration.

• Life Style Store have fully trained Sales & Installation staff who can support you with the set-up and/or installation of your new purchase.

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• This product meets Australian Manufacturers Warranty requirements.

• Life Style Store pride ourselves on providing you with the right product to suit your needs and with the after-sales service to support it.

The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best of vacuum tube and solid state circuit design to create an amplifier that’s both visually and sonically stunning. 

The preamplifier stage uses two 12AX7a and two 12AT7 vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages; the output stage is a direct coupled solid state amplifier that delivers 100 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm speakers or 160 Watts per channel into 4 Ohm speakers. An all analog design, it comes with 2 unbalanced, 1 balanced and 1 Moving Magnet phono input for turntables​. All 4 inputs can be given user-friendly names in order to simplify user control. Bass and treble tone controls help fine tune your music to your personal preferences. A full range subwoofer output is included for use with a powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies. 

The MA252 features our McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which are connected to advanced high current output transistors. These transistors eliminate the typical amplifier warm-up time so that the MA252 is in peak operating condition from the moment it’s turned on. A powerful control microprocessor is used for smooth system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components that deliver the best possible sound. 

Thanks to its solid state output, the MA252 is our first product containing vacuum tubes to include our patented Power Guard® technology. Power Guard monitors the output signal for signs of overdriving and makes real time micro adjustments to the input signal to prevent harsh sounding clipping that could potentially damage your speakers. If Power Guard is activated, the 2 vacuum tubes connected to the affected audio channel(s) will flash an amber colour; they will return to their normal green colour when the clipping has stopped. 

Other McIntosh technologies found in the MA252 include Sentry Monitor™, High Drive headphone amplifier and gold-plated speaker binding posts. Input selection, bass, treble, tone bypass, balance and input offset levels can be adjusted using the front panel knobs or the included remote control; all settings and input selection will be shown on the OLED display. The entire unit sits atop a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis with a classic McIntosh-styled die cast aluminium name badge attached to each side

SPECIFICATIONS

POWER OUTPUT PER CHANNEL
100 Watts into 8 Ohms, 160 Watts into 6 Ohms

SPEAKER IMPEDANCE
4, or 8 Ohms

RATED POWER BAND
20Hz to 20kHz

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
0.03%

DYNAMIC HEADROOM
1.8dB

FREQUENCY RESPONSE +0,-0.5DB
20Hz to 20kHz

FREQUENCY RESPONSE, +0, -3DB
10Hz to 100kHz

SENSITIVITY PHONO (MOVING MAGNET)
3.0mV

SENSITIVITY HIGH LEVEL (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)
0.6V/0.3V

SENSITIVITY (POWER AMP)
N/A

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (MOVING MAGNET)
80dB

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (HIGH LEVEL)
97dB

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (POWER AMP)
N/A

INPUT IMPEDANCE (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)
20K/20K

DAMPING FACTOR
8 Ohms >200, 4 Ohms > 100

MAXIMUM OUTPUT (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)
8V Unbalanced

CONNECTIVITY

HEADPHONE OUTPUT
Yes, High Drive

HIGH LEVEL INPUTS UNBALANCED
2 Stereo

HIGH LEVEL INPUTS BALANCED
1 Stereo

VARIABLE OUTPUTS UNBALANCED
0 Stereo

VARIABLE OUTPUTS BALANCED
0 Stereo

DIGITAL USB INPUT
0

DIGITAL COAXIAL INPUT
0

DIGITAL OPTICAL INPUT
0

PHONO MOVING MAGNET
Yes

PHONO MOVING COIL
No

AM/FM TUNER OPTION
No

HOME THEATRE PASS THROUGH
No

CONTROL

TONE CONTROLS
Bass & Treble

TONE BYPASS AND INPUT ASSIGN
Yes

RS232 CONTROL INPUT
No

POWER CONTROL OUTPUT
Yes

REAR PANEL DATA PORTS
Yes

REAR PANEL IR SENSOR INPUT
No

INPUT LEVEL MATCH
Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

DUAL LAYER CHASSIS
Yes

OUTPUT METERS
No

TUBE OR SOLID STATE
Pre-Amplifier: Vacuum Tube; Power Amplifier: Solid State

POWER REQUIREMENT
240V, 50/60Hz, 3.7A

STANDBY POWER REQUIREMENT
<0.5 Watts

OUTPUT AUTOFORMER
No

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)
12" (30.5cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 18" (45.7cm)

WEIGHT
28 lbs (12.7kg)

SHIPPING WEIGHT
37 lbs (16.8kg)

More Information
Short DescriptionMcIntosh MA252 2 x 100 Watt Hybrid Integrated Amplifier
Product NameMcIntosh MA252 2 x 100 Watt Hybrid Integrated Amplifier
Price$6,995.00
ManufacturerMcIntosh
ModelMcIntosh MA252 2 x 100 Watt Hybrid Integrated Amplifier
TypeIntegrated Amplifier
Colour(s)Black
RMS Power @ 4 OhmsNo
RMS Power @ 8 Ohms100 Watts
High Current OutputYes
Speaker Outputs2 Channel
Analogue Inputs2 Unbalanced, 1 Balanced, 1 Phono
Digital InputsAES Digital
XLR Inputs1
Amplifier TypeHybrid
Turntable InputYes
USB InputNo
Height (mm)194
Width (mm)305
Depth (mm)457
Weight12.7000
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