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McIntosh - MA252 2-Channel Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

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The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best of vacuum tube and solid state circuit design to create an amplifier that’s both visually and sonically stunning.

"The McIntosh MA252 offers an alluring combination of tube romanticism and solid-state resolution and authority... The ability to connect the listener to the music makes this tube-solid state integrated a special component by any standard. I could happily listen to the MA252 for a long, long time." - PartTimeAudiophile

"If you’re looking for a definition of a ‘musical’ sound, the MA252 is it personified." - Audio Esoterica

The preamplifier stage uses two 12AX7a and two 12AT7 vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages; the output stage is a direct coupled solid state amplifier that delivers 100 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm speakers or 160 Watts per channel into 4 Ohm speakers. An all analog design, it comes with 2 unbalanced, 1 balanced and 1 Moving Magnet phono input for turntables. All 4 inputs can be given user-friendly names in order to simplify user control. Bass and treble tone controls help fine tune your music to your personal preferences. A full range subwoofer output is included for use with a powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies.

"Carved like a boat designed to surf all the waves of music." Listening to it proved it to be "fast, powerful, precise... but without losing the sublime McIntosh charm." Presented with ON Magazine Top Audio Award. - ON Magazine

A "beautifully designed amplifier" with a "relaxing approach to the music, but still it plays with control and power." It is "pure pleasure for the ears." Awarded 5 Stars. - Stereo+

The MA252 features our McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks which are connected to advanced high current output transistors. These transistors eliminate the typical amplifier warm-up time so that the MA252 is in peak operating condition from the moment it’s turned on. A powerful control microprocessor is used for smooth system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components that deliver the best possible sound.

The McIntosh MA252 amplifier "is not only appealing to look at, it sounds great too. Far bigger than its size should indicate, and there is no reason to doubt the power, because it kicks hard." Awarded 5 Stars. - Lyd & Bilde

"The McIntosh MA252 is not only a time machine that allows you to travel 30 or 50 years ago [when listening to classic albums], but it also takes you to the future: you spend from morning to afternoon or from evening to night with it in what seems like an instant. It sonically fills 25 square meters [270 square feet], does its job and disappears from the room." Presented with HIFI Live Magazine High Quality Award. - HIFI Live Magazine

Specifications:

  • Power Output per Channel
    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
    0.03%
  • Dynamic Headroom
    1.8dB
  • Frequency Response +0,-0.5dB
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response, +0, -3dB
    10Hz to 100kHz
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)
    N/A
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)
    3.0mV
  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    0.6V/0.3V
  • Sensitivity (Power Amp input)
    N/A
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)
    N/A
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)
    80dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)
    97dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Power Amp input)
    N/A
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    20K/20K
  • Damping Factor
    8 Ohms: >200
    4 Ohms: >100
  • Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    8V Unbalanced

CONNECTIVITY

  • Balanced Input
    1
  • Unbalanced Input
    2
  • Phono Input Moving Coil
    0
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet
    1 (fixed loading)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
    No
  • Digital Coaxial Input
    0
  • Digital Optical Input
    0
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input
    0
  • Digital USB Input
    0
  • HDMI (ARC) Input
    0
  • Balanced Variable Output
    0
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output
    0
  • Unbalanced Variable Output
    0
  • Headphone Output
    1/4" High Drive
  • Subwoofer Output
    1 (mono)
  • AM/FM Tuner option
    No
  • Home Theater PassThru
    No
  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type
    Standard
  • Speaker Binding Post Type
    Standard
  • Service Port
    0

DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

  • Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type
    N/A
  • Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate
    N/A
  • Digital Optical Input Sample Rate
    N/A
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate
    N/A
  • Digital USB Input Sample Rate
    N/A

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