McIntosh MA5200 integrated amplifier

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McIntosh Labs MA5200
McIntosh MA5200  integrated amplifier

In part, I mention this because I’m as guilty as the next enthusiast in unjustly pigeonholing McIntosh before this review. It was one of those ‘nice product, but you’d never catch me using one!’ brands. And how wrong I was. I could sit in front of this and listen, and listen and listen without fatigue or struggle. I’d feel no compulsion to change cables, fiddle with sources, worry about supports or any of the things those infected with audiophile nervosa seem to focus on. Perhaps that’s why McIntosh does so well with music lovers and is almost side-lined by enthusiasts. It’s so good at its job, it exhausts the opportunities for audio enthusiasm through tweaking and you’re left with the music loving.

For me though, the McIntosh MA5200 was something of a revelation. It’s not just a good amp – I expected ‘good’ – it’s an excellent amplifier, with a fine DAC and a refreshing ‘get things done’ approach that is the polar opposite of audiophile tweakery. That’s hard not to love, and probably why McIntosh owners remain McIntosh owners for life. Oh, and finally… you can turn off the blue backlights for the meters on the MA5200. It’s just that nobody ever wants to. There’s something so very satisfyingly right about the big blue glow…

Technical Specifications

Analogue inputs: 1x MM phono, 4x RCA single-ended line inputs, 1x XLR balanced inputs

Analogue outputs: pre-power loop IR, RS232 power control and four multiroom data ports

Digital inputs: S/PDIF coaxial and optical, USB

Digital Input Sample Rates:

Optical: 16Bit, 24Bit - 32kHz to 96kHz

Coaxial: 16Bit, 24Bit - 32kHz to 96kHz

USB: 16Bit, 24Bit, 32Bit - 32kHz to 192kHz

Power Output: 100 watts per channel, both channels operating

Output Load Impedance: 8 ohms

THD: 0.005% maximum with both channels operating from 250 milliwatts to rated power, 20Hz to 20,000Hz

IMD: 0.005% maximum

Damping factor: greater than 200

Signal To Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): High Level, 95dB below rated output Phono MM, 82dB below 5mV input Power Amplifier, 110dB below rated output

Input Impedance: High Level, 20K ohms

Phono MM, 47K ohms; 50pF

Power Amp In, 10K ohms

Preamplifier Output Impedance: 220 ohms

Headphone Impedance: 20 to 600 ohms

Dimensions (WxHxD): 44.5x15.2x55.9cm

Weight: 17.2kg

Price: £4,995

Manufactued by: McIntosh Labs

URL: www.mcintoshlabs.com

Distributed by: Jordan Acoustics

URL: www.jordanacoustics.co.uk

Tel: +(0)1202 911886

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