McIntosh has introduced a new portable decoding amplifier called the MHA50 ($700). The MHA50 features both wired inputs and Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX to connect iOS/Android devices and computers. It has a 32-bit DAC and supports playback of 32-bit/192-kHz files, DSD256 and DXD384 files. The rechargeable battery can provide up to six hours of playback. The MHA50 is built primarily from durable extruded aluminum, with a glass front panel and a touch-sensitive volume control knob. It will be available in October.
McIntosh is proud to announce the MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier.
Nearly everyone walks around with most if not all of their music library in their pocket or bag where it’s readily accessible via a pair of headphones. While convenient, it likely doesn’t sound as good as it could. The new handheld MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier from McIntosh can make your music sound its best–and likely better than you’ve ever heard it before–through your headphones.
The MHA50 includes wired inputs for Apple iOS devices, as well as Android devices that are compatible with USB On-The-Go technology, plus Mac and Windows computers. It can also wirelessly connect to these devices via Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX technology that ensures you receive the highest possible sound quality from your Bluetooth source device. Featuring a high-performance 32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), it decodes music files from almost any digital source and outputs audio that is superior to what your device alone can produce. It supports 32-bit/192-kHz hi-res audio, DSD256 and DXD384 files, as well as asynchronous USB audio. Its 3,000 mAh rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge when connected via Bluetooth; playback can last even longer when using the wired connections.
Comparably sized to smartphones, the MHA50 is compact and lightweight for easy portability with a beveled case that fits comfortably in your hand or pocket. Its sleek design features a glass front panel with a touch-sensitive volume control knob inspired by the classic knobs found on countless McIntosh products. It’s built primarily from durable extruded aluminum, which also has some inherent noise-shielding properties to help block external interference. Two gain settings allow the MHA50 to work with all types of headphones from small in-ear models to large over-ear studio type designs like the McIntosh MHP1000 Headphones (sold separately); it can drive headphones with impedances ranging from 8-600 ohms. Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) brings added dimension to your music in a natural-sounding way and can be easily turned on and off depending on your preferences. All audio is output via a gold plated 3.5mm jack. This jack can also connect to a pair of powered desktop speakers, allowing the MHA50 to serve as a desktop DAC.
The MHA50 comes complete with three USB adapter cables to connect various devices, a leather carrying case, and a wall-mount charger with USA plug and adapters for Europe and Japan.
Pricing and Availability
Orders for the MHA50 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in October.
Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $700 USD.
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