McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.
What are the specs for the McIntosh MA 8000?
- Power output:
- 300 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
- Frequency response:
- 20Hz to 20kHz
- Total harmonic distortion:
- Speaker load impedance:
- 2Ω to 8Ω
- Digital inputs:
- coaxial, optical, USB
- 17.5 x 9.4 x 22 inches
- 100 lbs
What else to know about the McIntosh MA 8000?
"But this is no ordinary integrated amp, with its brushed-aluminum knobs and rack handles, dual-layer stainless-steel chassis, and overall domineering presence. Yes, the MA8000 combines a preamplifier and power amplifier in one component and, in doing so, saves space. But Ron Cornelius, McIntosh training and product manager, is quick to point out that the 100-pound behemoth is “one of the only integrated amplifiers that has the power and functionality of what you usually only find in separate components.” Specifically, a 2 x 300-watt amplifier and a fully featured preamp.
On the power side, you get a solid-state amp that’s “guaranteed” to deliver 300 watts into any speaker load and do so without clipping (McIntosh’s proprietary Autoformer and PowerGuard technologies make this possible). The MA8000 also incorporates Mac’s High Drive headphone amplifier, which Cornelius says is ready to take on virtually any type of headphone—from 20 to 600 ohms.
How does Mac define a “fully featured preamplifier?” For starters, there are 15 inputs around back, including five that feed digital signals through the McIntosh Digital Engine, which corrects tim- ing errors (jitter) and upconverts audio data for decoding by a 192-kilohertz/32-bit digital-to-analog converter. “This design yields very high audio performance while being tolerant of less than perfect signals that may come from a variety of sources such as online streaming, worn CDs, and so forth.”
The preamp side also caters to vinyl lovers with separate inputs for moving-magnet and moving-coil phono cartridges, both of which are adjustable via remote control so you can make tweaks while listening from the sweet spot. One more feature worth highlighting: an eight-band EQ that you can set and assign to a specific input. All this tech and beauty can be yours for $10,000." - Sound & Vision
Brief History of McIntosh
Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.
Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy
Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.
StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?
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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.