Modest in Cost, Big on Sound and Performance: "Giant-Slayer" McIntosh MA5200 Integrated Amplifier Loaded With Audiophile DAC, MM Phono Preamp, Headphone Amp, Iconic Blue Meters, Much More
The McIntosh MA5200 integrated amplifier gives music lovers iconic, world-renowned McIntosh performance in a component that is modest in cost, but big on sound and flexibility. It's easier to list what isn't present in the stupendously loaded MA5200 than take note of everything here, but we'll take a breath and give it a shot. An audiophile 32-bit/192kHz DAC, MM phono preamplifier, High Drive headphone amplifier, nine total inputs, and Home Theater Pass Through provide a rich array of high-end functionality. Power Guard technology, available only from McIntosh, prevents any possibility clipping, and the 100Wpc rating is beyond conservative. MA5200 is a beast, but knows the importance of balance, finesse, and tone. Played through MA5200, records breathe, unfold with gorgeous dynamics, and sit against black backgrounds. Simply put, MA5200 makes music enjoyable, lifelike, and engaging with ever breaking a sweat.
"The MA5200 is a giant-slayer. Forget the 100W rating...it's more conservative than the styling and I'd be surprised if it isn't pumping out far more power than its on-paper specs suggest. It's also one the most singularly lovely-sounding amplifiers around."
– Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+
MA5200 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. Want to utilize it as a preamplifier? No problem. You can even turn off the blue glow on the signature meters, but we've never met anyone that would. Still, it's all up to you. The U.S.A.-built MA5200 does all of this and more. Those that say you can't have it all clearly haven't come across MA5200. McIntosh's three-year warranty and Music Direct's Money-Back Guarantee provide further assurance MA5200 isn't too good to be true. If you've always dreamed what it would be like to own McIntosh, now's the time to make the hypothetical a reality.
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.