DSD-Enabled Headphone Amplifier/DAC Sets the Standard: Roon-Tested McIntosh MHA150 Has Autoformer for Custom Impedance Ranges, Crossfeed Director, MCD Input, High-Res Playback Ability
McIntosh's MHA150 headphone amplifier/DAC takes on all comers in its product category. Buttressed by a high-resolution DAC that supports up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM, DSD256, and 384kHz DXD via a USB input, MHA150 brings the signature technologies, engineering, and design of McIntosh's hallmark stereo amplifiers to a personal-listening device that has no peer. McIntosh's patented Autoformer is utilized to yield three headphone impedance ranges – 8-40, 40-150, 150-600 ohms – to ensure every type of headphone fully and completely benefits from the captivating sound produced by the U.S.A.-built MHA150. The inclusion of McIntosh's Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) further enhances the fidelity and makes recordings image as if they were being played back by speakers. Speaking of loudspeakers: While the compact dimensions permit the Roon-Tested MHA150 to easily fit on a desk or nightstand, this 26-pound unit is so powerful and authoritative, it even has a 50-watt output for driving loudspeakers.
Transparent, accurate, and dynamic, MHA150 doubles as a serious asynchronous 32-bit/384kHz DSD DAC and comes with an array of coaxial, optical, balanced digital, and USB digital inputs that handle everything from conventional analog sources to high-res computer audio. The addition of a proprietary MCT input offers a secure DSD connection for playback of the high-definition audio on SACDs when connected to the McIntosh MCT80 SACD/CD transport. Tone controls and a 5-Step Bass Boost Control let you fine-tune the music to your exact liking. No fewer than four forms of built-in circuit protection mean you'll rest assured that MHA150's extra-large transformer, multiple filter capacitors, and regulated power supply will last many years to come. True to McIntosh's heritage, MHA150 benefits from inimitable build quality and cosmetics that parallel its spellbinding performance. McIntosh's signature Blue Watt meters, black glass faceplate, stainless-steel chassis, brushed aluminum end caps, gold-plated binding posts, and multi-function OLED display all indicate this is no usual component. Ten minutes of listening will tell you that – and so much more. Order today with the security of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
An Unparalleled Heritage of Prestigious Craftsmanship
McIntosh has been handmaking world-class audio equipment for seven decades. Each component is produced in the same upstate New York factory the company has called home for 60 years. Recognized and revered around the globe, McIntosh continues to set new standards for high-end performance, unstinting reliability, and product longevity. Its storied tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship, pride, and service is shared by only the most iconic American brands. In an era where manufacturing shortcuts and outsourcing are the norm, McIntosh takes a no-compromise approach defined by hands-on workmanship, singular expertise, and an unabated passion for being the best in its field. These rarified characteristics set McIntosh apart. While most audio companies emulate the competition, McIntosh leads by living up to – and exceeding – its own benchmarks. That's the mark of a legend.
Like None Other: Iconic Blue Watt Meters and Black Faceplates
The gentle glow of McIntosh's signature Blue Watt meters tells you that you own a legend – and that you made the right choice. Those soft blue lights convey comfort, coolness, and character. Known even to non-audiophiles, McIntosh's stylish meters also serve a practical purpose that guards against speaker damage. They're one of many unique elements distinctive to every McIntosh product. McIntosh's namesake black faceplates claim an equally famous pedigree. Whether 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch thick, every glass faceplate is cut with garnet dust to diminish friction and guarantee a perfect finish. The unrivaled appearance further owes to the application of 12 layers of paint and final examination by a white-gloved specialist. This combination of personal care, old-school values, and human involvement exemplifies what makes McIntosh different – and better.
Handmade for Everyone That Appreciates the Superiority of Hands-On Artistry
McIntosh's handcrafted ethic predates by more than half a century the handcrafted movement currently re-defining the beer, food, furniture, jewelry, and soap industries. From patrons of farm-to-table restaurants to fans of limited-batch beer, people increasingly realize the importance and superiority of handcrafted goods in their everyday life. Whether it's the exacting detail afforded the PC boards, the meticulous attention paid to the hand-wound transformer coils, or the innovation behind patented Power Guard circuitry, McIntosh shares in the same belief. Rather than cut corners or adhere to mass-produced construction, McIntosh only puts its name on components that deliver paragon experiences by way of their unassailable artistry and precision-minded quality. While McIntosh products don't come cheap, they stand out – and stand the test of time – in a world flooded by homogeneity and inferiority.
Aspire to Own an American Icon
McIntosh amplifiers broadcast President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech and powered the original Woodstock festival. Nearly 29,000 watts of McIntosh power fueled the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound, regarded by many as the finest-sounding concert system ever devised. McIntosh has assisted in the recording of some of history's most celebrated albums, including the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. David Bowie collaborator/noted producer Tony Visconti and Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir are among the countless McIntosh devotees. Thousands of older McIntosh components remain active in systems, having been built to last a lifetime. The history is clear: With McIntosh, you're not only considering today but planning for endless tomorrows. McIntosh is legacy audio you bequeath to future generations. The reason wish lists exists, McIntosh is the dream you aspire to own and, once you do, you cherish forever.