McIntosh MA5200 integrated amplifier

Integrated amplifiers
McIntosh Labs MA5200
McIntosh MA5200 integrated amplifier

(From the McIntosh/Jordan Acoustics press release)

McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in high-performance home entertainment systems for over 60 years, has launched a highly flexible new integrated amplifier, complete with three-input DAC, high-quality headphone amp, plus a dedicated Moving Magnet phono input. The MA5200 has been designed to deliver the full McIntosh audio experience in a sleek, compact chassis.

Perfect as a modern audiophile system ‘hub’, the MA5200 offers D/A decoding at up to 32-bit/192kHz for digitally connected devices, plus a high-quality complement of analogue inputs. The three-strong digital input suite in the advanced McIntosh Digital Engine includes an assignable coaxial and optical input, plus a dedicated asynchronous USB 2.0 input (operating at up to 32-bit).

The MA5200 has nine inputs in total: four line-level; one balanced; three digital; plus a high-quality MM phono input. Also included, is McIntosh’s new internal High Drive headphone amplifier which offers increased gain and output power, optimising it for virtually every headphone type, from in-ear to over-ear.

Offering a (conservatively rated) 100-watt output, the solid-state MA5200 is every bit a McIntosh thoroughbred and yet has been engineered into a compact 15cm-tall chassis for modestly sized living environments. The MA5200 also benefits from a Home Theatre Pass Through feature, for seamless integration into existing multichannel home cinema systems.

The MA5200 retains McIntosh’s legendary 1950s styling and world-class sound quality, and comes complete with the iconic glass-fronted fascia, retro controls and blue power meters. Further features include McIntosh’s Power Guard® technology: a waveform comparison circuit that continuously monitors both input and output signals, dynamically adjusting them when necessary, in order to avoid potentially damaging clipping.

First unveiled at CES 2013, the new MA5200 is perfectly suited to exploiting the full potential of today’s digital devices, while delivering the legendary McIntosh sound quality from a wide number of source components. Like all McIntosh products, the MA5200 is skillfully handcrafted in the Binghamton, NY factory and boasts classic 1950s styling with contemporary features and technology.

Price and availability

The MA5200 sells for £4,995 and is available now.

McIntosh is distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics

Technical specifications

Power output per channel: 100 watts

Speaker impedance: 8 ohms

Rated power band: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%

Dynamic headroom: 1.8db

Frequency response: +0,-0.5db 20Hz to 20kHz; +0, -3db 10Hz to 100kHz

Sensitivity MM phono: 2.5mv

Sensitivity high level (balanced/unbalanced): 0.5v/0.25v

Sensitivity (power amp): 1v

Signal to noise ratio (moving magnet): 84db

Signal to noise ratio (high level): 95db

Signal to noise ratio (power amp): 110db

Input impedance (balanced/unbalanced):20k/20k

Damping factor: >200

Maximum output (balanced/unbalanced): 8v unbalanced


Headphone output

High drive, high level inputs unbalanced: 4 stereo

High level inputs balanced: 1 stereo

Variable outputs unbalanced: 1 stereo

Digital USB input: 1 (USB 2.0 asynchronous)

Digital coaxial input: 1

Digital optical input: 1

Moving magnet phono

Home theatre pass through

RS232 control input

Power control output

Rear panel data ports

Rear panel IR sensor input

Input level match

General specs

Dual-layer chassis

Output meters

Solid-state design

Standby power requirement: <0.25 watts

Dimensions (WxHxD): (44.45cm) x (15.24cm) x (55.88cm)

Weight: 17.2 kg

About McIntosh Laboratory

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 factory in New York by 130 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.      

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