Audio company McIntosh manufacturers a great many things these days, but amplification has always been its mainstay. Today the company announced that a new integrated amplifier is on its way this month called MA9000. The new behemoth is scheduled for a $10,500 street price and will push out 300 watts per channel alongside the classic blue watt meters.
The feature set is fairly robust, offering separate inputs for Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono with adjustable loading. The modular digital side can be updated as technology progresses and is DSD-friendly with optical, USB and coax options. On the amp side, from the press release:
“The MA9000 features our new McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ that are made from high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity properties. They are so efficient at dissipating heat that they warrant bearing the McIntosh “Mc” logo. They also have a higher quality finish thanks to a new manufacturing process. They are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time (or warm-up time), meaning the first note played will sound just as good as those played later in the listening session.
New, more powerful control microprocessors have been used in the MA9000 to improve overall system operation. Some of the latest audio-grade circuit components have also been utilized to allow the MA9000 to deliver the best sound possible. At 300 Watts per channel, the MA9000 has enough power to properly drive virtually all loudspeakers – and our renowned McIntosh Autoformer guarantees the speakers will always receive that full 300 Watts regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance.”
The new integrated will also feature a “High Drive” headphone amplifier, should the need arise. McIntosh is current accepting pre orders for the MA9000, with shipping dates expected to start this month.
More info: www.mcintoshlabs.com