McIntosh MA8950 Integrated Amplifier

£12,495.00 inc.VAT

The MA8950 Integrated Amplifier offers 200 Watts per channel and combines McIntosh’s amplification expertise and preamplifier technologies into one comprehensive stereo sound system component. It replaces the award-winning MA8900 (Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity 2017 Best Stereo Integrated Amplifier) and adds additional performance enhancements to an already outstanding stereo integrated amplifier.

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McIntosh MA8950 Integrated Amplifier

Dynamic headroom has increased from 2.0dB to 3.1dB in the McIntosh MA8950 as a result of its filter capacity being doubled. This gives the MA8950 even greater ability to reproduce musical peaks with less distortion. The increased filter capacity will also help deliver more amazing bass playback, low end performance, and overall bass control.

The MA8950 comes standard with the DA2 Digital Audio Module instead of the DA1 Digital Audio Module that came in the MA8900. The DA2 offers 7 digital inputs: 2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB, 1 MCT, and 1 audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection. TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output can be connected to the MA8950 to enjoy your TV’s sound like never before through your home music system. Popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® are supported and will be expertly converted to 2-channel audio for proper playback. The MA8950 remote can control the TV’s power and volume when CEC communication is enabled in both the amplifier and the TV. The DA2 also features increased DSD playback support of up to DSD512 via the USB input. 

The DA2 is powered by an audiophile-grade, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that has improvements in both dynamic range and total harmonic distortion compared to the DAC in the DA1. The coax and optical inputs in the DA2 can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz for playback of high-resolution audio. The DA2 has a McIntosh exclusive MCT input that offers a secure DSD connection to any of our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports to deliver the best possible sound quality of the high-definition audio found on your SACDs. And with its modular design, it’s possible to someday replace the DA2 with a newer Digital Audio Module.

With its vast selection of digital audio inputs, analog connectivity has not been overlooked on the MA8950. It comes with 1 balanced and 6 unbalanced stereo inputs plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs for your turntable. All inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration. The Moving Coil phono input comes with adjustable loading so you can fine tune the sound of your vinyl records. All unbalanced analog connectors are made from premium gold-plated solid brass for superior signal handling and grounding. All analog and digital inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration. For further flexibility in setting up your stereo system, the MA8950 includes an unbalanced fixed output and an unbalanced variable output that can be used to send the audio signal to a second power amplifier.

Other updates include upgraded power supply components for even lower noise emission and added reliability under the most demanding conditions. The MA8950 continues to use powerful control microprocessors for robust and smooth system operation, as well as some of the latest state-of-the-art audio-grade circuit components to produce the best sound possible.

The MA8950’s 200 Watts per channel are delivered by a pair of the famous McIntosh Autoformer and is enough power to properly drive virtually all loudspeakers. The unique design of the Autoformer guarantees your speakers will always receive the full 200 Watts regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance.

Other McIntosh features included in the MA8950 are:

  • Power Guard® that continuously monitors input and output signals and can dynamically adjust input levels to ensure maximum output while avoiding harsh sounding distortion and clipping that could damage your speakers
  • Our fuse-less short-circuit protection technology Sentry Monitor that disengages the output stage before the current can exceed safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
  • McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks that are made from high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity and heat dissipation properties
  • Home Theater PassThru that allows for seamless integration into a home theater system
  • High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) which can bring an added dimension to headphone listening
  • A discrete, five-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of ±12dB in 2dB increments of your favorite recordings at frequencies of 30Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 2kHz, and 10kHz
  • Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown
  • Gold-plated speaker binding posts that prevent corrosion to ensure a quality signal is sent over your speaker cables to your speakers

The MA8950 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs. As a Roon Tested partner, McIntosh has provided equipment to Roon for testing with a variety of different operating systems and computers, and shared information about its design and capabilities.

The entire unit is wrapped in the timeless McIntosh aesthetic with a black glass front panel with LED lighting, blue watt meters, control knobs, illuminated logo, aluminum end caps and a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis.

About McIntosh

Founded in 1949, McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Our iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognized as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music.

McIntosh products are designed and handcrafted at our Binghamton, NY factory by our dedicated employees who share a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. Since our inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, we have shaped it.

Colour

Black

Specifications

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS

  • Power Output per Channel
    200 Watts
  • Number of Channels
    2
  • Speaker Impedance
    2, 4, or 8 Ohms
  • Rated Power Band
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    0.005%
  • Dynamic Headroom
    3.1dB
  • Frequency Response +0,-0.5dB
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response, +0, -3dB
    10Hz to 100kHz
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)
    0.25mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)
    2.5mV
  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    0.5V/0.25V
  • Sensitivity (Power Amp input)
    1.4V
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)
    80dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)
    82dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)
    95dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Power Amp input)
    113dB
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    20K/20K
  • Damping Factor
    >40
  • Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    8V Unbalanced

CONNECTIVITY

  • Balanced Input
    1
  • Unbalanced Input
    6
  • Phono Input Moving Coil
    1 (adjustable loading)
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet
    1 (fixed loading)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
    Yes: DA2
  • Digital Coaxial Input
    2
  • Digital Optical Input
    2
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input
    1
  • Digital USB Input
    1
  • HDMI (ARC) Input
    1
  • Balanced Variable Output
    0
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output
    1
  • Unbalanced Variable Output
    2
  • Headphone Output
    1/4″ High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
  • Subwoofer Output
    0
  • AM/FM Tuner option
    No
  • Home Theater PassThru
    Yes
  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type
    Standard
  • Speaker Binding Post Type
    Standard
  • Service Port
    1

DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

  • Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type
    8-channel, 32-bit/384kHz PCM/DSD, Quad Balanced
  • Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate
    24-bit/44.1kHz to192kHz
  • Digital Optical Input Sample Rate
    24-bit/44.1kHz to192kHz
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate
    16-bit/44.1kHz (CD)
    DSD64 (SACD)
  • Digital USB Input Sample Rate
    32-bit/44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM)
    DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512, DXD352.8kHz, DXD384kHz

CONTROL

  • Tone Controls
    5-Band
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign
    Yes
  • RS232 Control Input
    Yes
  • Power Control Output
    1 Main, 2 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port
    4
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input
    Yes
  • Input Level Match
    Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State
    Solid State
  • Output Type
    Autoformer™
  • Output Meters
    Yes
  • Dual Layer Chassis
    Yes
  • Chassis Finish
    Polished stainless steel & black painted steel
  • McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™
    Yes
  • Power Requirement
    120V 50/60Hz, 4.4 amps
  • Standby Power Requirement
    <0.25 Watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
    17-1/2″ (44.5cm) x 7-5/8″ (19.4cm) x 18-3/4″ (47.6cm)
  • Unit Weight
    75 lbs (34.1 kg)
  • Shipping Weight
    93 lbs (42.3 kg)

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