McIntosh unveils upgraded integrated amps

McIntosh has unveiled the MA9500 and MA8950 integrated amplifiers replacing the MA9000 and MA8900 with added performance enhancements. Both are available this month for $12,000 and $9,000, respectively. According to the NY-based company, dynamic headroom has been increased by more than 50% enabling less distortion on musical peaks, and improved low end bass performance.

Both amps come with the McIntosh DA2 Digital Audio Module factory installed over the DA1 module of the former models. The DA2 is powered by an audiophile-grade, quad balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit DAC for better dynamic range and total harmonic distortion. The DA2 includes the same digital inputs found on the DA1 (2 x coaxial, 2 x optical, 1 x USB, 1 x proprietary MCT input), plus an audio-only HDMI ARC connection. There is also increased DSD playback support (up to DSD512) via the USB input. Upgraded power supply components further reduce noise emissions, and both models continue to use control microprocessors for reliable system operation, plus state-of-the-art audio-grade circuit components.

MA8950 Rear Panel

The MA9500 carries 300 Watts per channel augmented by ten analog inputs, including balanced, unbalanced, moving coil and moving magnet phono inputs (both of the latter with adjustable loading). The amp includes a balanced and unbalanced output which can send the audio signal to another power amplifier. Gold-plated ‘Solid Cinch’ binding posts securely attach speaker cables while preventing corrosion and ensuring a quality signal, and there is an onboard discrete eight-band tone control.

The MA8950 sports 200 Watts per channel and comes with nine analog inputs (including one moving coil with adjustable loading). It also carries an unbalanced fixed output and unbalanced variable output along with a discrete, five-band tone control.

For more information, visit McIntosh.

Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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