McIntosh MHA150 Headphone & Integrated Amplifier

SKU MHA150

McIntosh MHA150 Headphone Amplifier

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Many music lovers choose McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers to be the backbone of their audio system or home stereo. The reason is simple: integrated amplifiers provide unbeatable value for your investment.

McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers combine the engineering and performance of their separate Preiamplifiers and Amplifiers into one chassis. By sharing a single chassis, integrated amplifiers help reduce the overall footprint of the audio system or home stereo.

McIntosh integrated amplifiers are available in various power output Wattages, and in both Solid State and Tube-type configurations. Regardless of which model you choose, you will be rewarded with years of McIntosh-quality listening pleasure.

MHA150 Headphone & Integrated Amplifier

The MHA150 Headphone Amplifier is a worthy successor to the critically-acclaimed MHA100. The MHA150 contains the same feature set and performance standards but adds our new 2nd generation digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that provides support for DSD and DXD files to give you access to the latest in digital music.

Like the MHA100, the MHA150 continues to take advantage of unique McIntosh technologies to create the best possible personal listening experience regardless of the headphones you use. Our Autoformer technology found in our large mono and stereo amplifiers has been adapted to produce three headphone impedance ranges of 8-40, 40-150 and 150-600 ohms so that every headphone will receive the legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance.

For enjoying DSD and DXD files, the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 along with DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. Our proprietary MCT input has also been added to the MHA150; when paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport​, it offers a secure DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio on SACDs.

For connecting digital devices, an optical and coaxial input are included along with the USB and MCT inputs; two analog inputs are also available. Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings added dimension to your music in a natural sounding way but can be turned off depending on your preferences. The MHA150 is smaller than our other amplifiers, giving you additional flexibility to locate it almost anywhere in your space. It’s the same width as the MB50 Streaming Audio Player and the two can be combined to start building a complete system.

The MHA150 is powerful and versatile enough to drive a pair of quality desktop or small bookshelf speakers​ via its 50 watt stereo speaker outputs. Our patented Power Guard® technology is included and will prevent clipping that could damage your headphones or speakers. A 5 step Bass Boost Control allows for further sound customisation. The entire unit is housed in a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis that not only compliments the classic glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminium end caps, but virtually any room decor.

The MHA100 is shown with the McIntosh MHP1000 headphones​ (sold separately).

HEADPHONE OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS

HEADPHONE POWER OUTPUT

High Selection: 1W
Normal Selection: 250mW

HEADPHONE OUTPUT IMPEDANCE

8-40 Ohms
40-150 Ohms
150-600 Ohms

SPECIFICATIONS

POWER OUTPUT PER CHANNEL
50 Watts

SPEAKER IMPEDANCE
8 Ohms

RATED POWER BAND
20Hz to 20kHz

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
0.005%

INTERMODULATION DISTORTION

0.005% maximum, if the instantaneous peak power is 100 watts or less per channel with both channels operating for any combination of frequencies from 20Hz to 20kHz

DYNAMIC HEADROOM
1.5dB

FREQUENCY RESPONSE +0,-0.5DB
20Hz to 20kHz

FREQUENCY RESPONSE, +0, -3DB
10Hz to 100kHz

SENSITIVITY (UNBALANCED)
300mV

SENSITIVITY (BALANCED)
600mV

MAXIMUM INPUT SIGNAL (UNBALANCED)
8V

MAXIMUM INPUT SIGNAL (BALANCED)
16V

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
105dB

INPUT IMPEDANCE (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)
25K/25K

DAMPING FACTOR
>150

PREAMPLIFIER OUTPUT
3V (8V maximum)

PREAMPLIFIER OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
500 Ohms

VOLTAGE GAIN
36.5dB

POWER GUARD
<2% THD with up to 16dB overdrive at 1kHz

DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

DIGITAL COAXIAL INPUT SAMPLE RATE
16Bit, 24Bit – 32kHz to 192kHz

DIGITAL OPTICAL INPUT SAMPLE RATE
16Bit, 24Bit – 32kHz to 192kHz

DIGITAL MCT (DIN) INPUT SAMPLE RATE
16Bit, 24Bit – 32kHz to 192kHz

DIGITAL USB INPUT SAMPLE RATE
16Bit, 24Bit, 32Bit – 32kHz to 192kHz

CONNECTIVITY

HEADPHONE OUTPUT
1 (1/4″) High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)

HIGH LEVEL INPUTS UNBALANCED
1 Stereo

HIGH LEVEL INPUTS BALANCED
1 Stereo

DIGITAL USB INPUT
1

DIGITAL COAXIAL INPUT
1

DIGITAL OPTICAL INPUT
1

DIGITAL MCT (DIN) INPUT
1

PRE-AMPLIFIER OUTPUT
1

CONTROL

TONE CONTROLS
5 Step Bass Boost Control: 0 to +12.5dB (in 2.5dB steps) @ 40Hz

POWER CONTROL INPUT
Yes

POWER CONTROL OUTPUT
Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

OUTPUT METERS
Yes

TUBE OR SOLID STATE
Solid State

POWER REQUIREMENT
240V, 50/60Hz, 1.5A

STANDBY POWER REQUIREMENT
<0.25 Watts

OUTPUT AUTOFORMER
Yes for Headphones

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)
11-1/2″(29.2cm) x 5-7/8″ (14.9cm) x 18″ (45.7cm)

WEIGHT
26.5 lbs (12kg)

SHIPPING WEIGHT
32.5 lbs (14.8kg)

MHA100 REVIEWS –

“The MHA100 addresses headphone listening for the purist who wants no compromises.” – Hi-Fi News

“The Cadillac of headphone amplifiers.” – CNET

“A thoroughbred McIntosh amplifier… Astonishingly potent and lively sound from both headphones and speakers in one compact high-end amplifier.” – Lyd & Bilde

“The soundstage this amp presents through headphones is big and lifelike, and its accuracy and clarity across the frequency spectrum are reference-level good.” – Tone Audio

“Nirvana from the first moment.” – Tendances Électroniques & Design

What does the MHA100 do that other DACs or headphone amps don’t? “In short, it allows any headphones to be themselves.” – HiFi Critic

“Delivers the sonic quality for which McIntosh is so revered.” – Robb Report

“A headphone amp worthy of the McIntosh legacy… The MHA100 is a reference-level, musically engaging headphone amp/DAC combo from top to bottom.” – Audio360.org

“Perhaps the finest headphone amplifier currently in production.” – The Pro Audio Web Blog

“Superb in every sense, offering a level of sonic grip and musical authenticity that is spell-binding. It always makes the most of the material on offer, regardless of source or genre.” – Audio Video SA

Weight
12.0000 kg
Dimensions
N/A
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Analogue Inputs

4 Unbalanced, 1 Balanced

colours

Black

Depth (mm)

457

inputs

AES Digital, Coaxial, Optical, USB

Height (mm)

141

high current output

Yes

Model

McIntosh MHA150 Headphone & Integrated Amplifier

power output 8 ohm

50 Watts

speaker outputs

2 Channel

type

Integrated Amplifier

Width (mm)

29

xlr inputs

1

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