The MA5200 Delivers Incredible McIntosh Sound
“McIntosh’s entry level integrated amp has always been what they refer to as their ‘Rolls Royce for half price.’ … This is the single most popular piece from McIntosh that we sell. It’s so close to ‘as good as money can buy,’ for so little more than everyday mass-produced amplifiers, it’s just incredible. ” — Ken Zelin, World Wide Stereo McIntosh Product Specialist
- 100 watts per stereo channel, 20-20kHz into 8 ohms with vanishingly low distortion
- Power Guard technology prevents clipping
- Switchable back-illuminated output meters; front-panel comprehensive display
- Inputs for MM Phono, multiple analog inputs, XLR optical and USB digital inputs
- High Drive headphone amplifier
- Dimensions (W x H x D) – 17-1/2" X 6" X 22"
- Weight: 38 lbs., shipping weight 55.5 lbs
- Warranty: 3 years – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
- World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support
Meet the MA5200 Amplifier
No name in high-end audio is as legendary as McIntosh. And, while “entry level” has a whole different meaning when talking about audiophile equipment, the McIntosh MA5200 integrated stereo amplifier introduces you to the brand with a versatile, powerful and compact unit at a reasonable price. Pairing advanced digital circuitry and home-theater integration with rock-solid amplifier engineering honed over decades, the MA5200 can anchor today’s most demanding listening environments while delivering that signature McIntosh audio experience.
Handcrafted, highest-end, made in America – where do you begin to explain the enduring aura of McIntosh audio? From the timeless elegance of muted blue and green hues through dark-glass front plates, to the iconic analog power meters that swing hypnotically to the music, no name is more instantly recognizable to generations of music lovers and audiophiles. Founded in 1949, McIntosh has always crafted a line of beautifully engineered electronics that are built to last, and often gain in value as years pass. In fact, McIntosh has allowed for just a handful of authorized dealers, and we at World Wide Stereo are honored to have been chosen to join that select group.
Power to Spare (Safely)
McIntosh amplifiers have always been the choice to drive even the most difficult top-line speakers, and the MA5200 is no exception, with a conservatively rated 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms. And the company’s patented Power Guard system constantly compares and adjusts the input and output signals to prevent clipping and distortion, protecting the speakers (and your ears) while allowing full enjoyment of the amp’s power and dynamics.
Integrating Stereo &Theater Surround
The two-channel MA5200 offers a full array of inputs – 9 in all, including one for phono and three for digital (optical, coaxial, USB), all controlled by an elegantly simple front panel and a full-featured remote control. Of note, a pair of “balanced” inputs allows for noise-free connections to other audiophile and semi-pro equipment, including McIntosh’s amplification offerings. And the Home Theater Pass-Through feature lets you seamlessly add the MA5200’s considerable capabilities to your existing surround system.
In the Service of Sound
The digital inputs feed into McIntosh’s state-of-the-art decoding circuitry, which can handle today’s high-resolution music files up to 192 kHz/32 bit. And the MA5200 takes equal care in the output: Even the proprietary High Drive headphone amplifier is designed to maximize personal listening pleasure with clean power for virtually every type of headset.
And Oh, Those Lovely Blue Meters
Eyes are the windows into the soul, as the saying goes. And McIntosh’s iconic power meters are your eyes into the soul of the music. Yes, they are there in part for effect, and in part as a reflection of McIntosh’s heritage from the earliest days of analog reproduction. But they also serve to remind how, at even ordinary listening levels, realistic sound reproduction demands a deep well of reserve power. McIntosh has that audible depth. You can just close your eyes, and lose yourself in the music.
Go ahead buy it!
For years I have auditioned amplifiers in search of the perfect sound. Trying to find the right sound while staying on budget was a daunting task. After years of buying older audiophile amps on e-bay I wised up and got the MAC. All I can say is music sounds to me the way it should. Every kind of music benefits from the warm sweet sound of the MAC. (can't comment on country) Think the 100 watts per channel is not enough, think again. I believe it is more like 120 per channel, enough power to shake the house and receive a text or two from a concerned neighbor. Many stores are now selling MACs however do yourself a favor and go to Bob and Ron's and ask for Ken and Austin. These guys are excellent to deal with!
Very satisfying and pure!
Hands down my favorite if all the audio equipment I've owned. Pure, direct and simple. Paired with good speakers the MAC really sings. Their sales team is also very kind and knowledgeable. I worked with Ken please see and hear it in person.