Big on Performance, Compact in Size: Roon-Tested McIntosh MA5300 Integrated Amplifier Supports DSD256, Features 32-Bit DAC and Phono Preamp
Dressed to the proverbial nines with cutting-edge technology, requiring no warm-up time for optimal performance, and featuring high-resolution DSD256 and DXD 384kHz support, the Roon-Tested McIntosh MA5300 integrated amplifier gives music lovers world-renowned McIntosh performance in a component modest in size and cost – but big on sound and flexibility. It's easier to list what isn't present in the stupendously loaded MA5300 than take note of everything here. But we'll take a breath and give it a shot. An eight-channel Quad Balanced 32-bit/192kHz DAC, MM phono preamplifier, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director, 12 total inputs, and Home Theater Pass Through provide a rich array of high-end functionality. Proprietary Power Guard technology prevents any possibility clipping. New Monogrammed Heatsinks connected to high-current transistors that eliminate the need for warm-up time, enhanced control microprocessors, and high-end circuitry are here, too.
MA5300 is a beast, but knows the importance of balance, finesse, and tone. Played through MA5300, records breathe, unfold with gorgeous dynamics, and sit against black backgrounds. Simply put, MA5300 makes music enjoyable, lifelike, and engaging with ever breaking a sweat. With a beyond-conservative 100Wpc rating (160Wpc into four ohms), MA5300 also brings to your fingertips a wealth of customizable options. Via the supplied remote control, you can rename and preset the level, balance, start volume, and information display for each source. Bass and treble controls give you more customizability. Want to utilize MA5300 as a preamplifier? No problem. You can even turn off the glow on the signature dual-scale Blue Watt meters, but we've never met anyone that would. Still, it's all up to you. The U.S.A.-built MA5300 does all of this and more, all the while housing all digital inputs in a DA1 module that can be replaced by future models as digital technologies advance. How's that for future-proof?
Those that say you can't have it all clearly haven't come across MA5300 – an ideal match for McIntosh's MCD350 SACD/CD player, MCT450 SACD/CD transport, MB100 Media Bridge, MB50 streaming player, and/or XR50 bookshelf speakers. McIntosh's three-year warranty provides further assurance MA5300 isn't too good to be true. If you've always dreamed what it would be like to own a McIntosh, now's the time to make the hypothetical a reality.
"It is a solid performer and a great choice for the core of an outstanding system, where it will outlive many of the other components and never go out of style."
—Don Shaulis, Stereo Times
"The McIntosh MA5300 is beautifully transparent. If you have sources that you bought because you love how they sound, that's what you hear."
—Jay Garrett, StereoNET
A Heritage of Prestigious Craftsmanship
McIntosh has been hand-making 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.
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.
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.
100 Watts into 8 Ohms
160 Watts into 4 Ohms
Number of Channels: 2
Speaker Impedance: 4 or 8 Ohms
Rated Power Band: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005%
Dynamic Headroom: 1.8dB
+0,-0.5dB: 20Hz to 20kHz
+0, -3dB: 10Hz to 100kHz
Phono (Moving Coil): N/A
Phono (Moving Magnet): 2.5mV
High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced): 0.5V/0.25V
Power Amp input: 1V
Signal To Noise Ratio:
Moving Coil: N/A
Moving Magnet: 82dB
High Level: 95dB
Power Amp input: 110dB
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 20K/20K
Damping Factor: 8 Ohms: >200
4 Ohms: >100
Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced): 8V Unbalanced
Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD)
DAC Type: 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz PCM/DSD, Quad Balanced
Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate: 24-bit/44.1kHz to 192kHz
Digital Optical Input Sample Rate: 24-bit/44.1kHz to 192kHz
Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate:
Digital USB Input Sample Rate: 32-bit/44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM)
DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DXD352.8kHz, DXD384kHz
Tone Controls: Bass and Treble
Chassis Finish: Black painted steel
Power Requirement: 120V 50/60Hz, 2.3A
Standby Power Requirement: <0.25 Watts
Dimensions (W HD): 17.5" x 6" x 22"
Weight: 38 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 6.9 MB)