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McIntosh MHA100

Headphone Amplifier

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McIntosh MHA100 Details

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier: "Perhaps the finest headphone amplifier currently in production"

  • The first dedicated headphone amplifier from McIntosh
  • Three headphone impedance ranges: 8-40, 40-150 and 150-600 ohms
  • Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) allows high quality recordings to image like conventional speakers in your headphones
  • Four digital inputs allow the McIntosh Digital Engine to decode your digital music at up to 32 bits and 192kHz for maximum fidelity and enjoyment
  • Includes 50-watt speaker output for when you want to enjoy your favorite speakers instead of your headphones
"The MHA100 addresses headphone listening for the purist who wants no compromises."
    — Hi-Fi News
"Perhaps the finest headphone amplifier currently in production."
    — The Pro Audio Web Blog
"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 MHA100 is the first dedicated headphone amplifier from McIntosh and takes advantage of unique McIntosh technologies to yield the best possible personal listening experience regardless of the headphones you use. It employs a new adaptation of McIntosh’s unique Autoformer technology to produce three headphone impedance ranges of 8-40, 40-150 and 150-600 ohms so that every headphone — from ear buds to studio quality phones — will receive the optimal McIntosh sound.

With McIntosh’s new Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®), high quality recordings image like conventional speakers in your headphones, bringing new depth and spatiality to your music. Four digital inputs allow the McIntosh Digital Engine to decode your digital music at up to 32 bits and 192kHz for maximum analog fidelity and enjoyment; two analog inputs are also available.

Love to listen to your headphones while working on your computer? Compared to other amplifiers, the MHA100 is more compact and fits great on a desk, allowing you to enjoy your music while working. Its smaller size gives you additional flexibility to locate it almost anywhere in your space.

50 watt stereo speaker outputs are included for when you want to enjoy your favorite speakers instead of your headphones. Power Guard® will prevent clipping that could damage your headphones or speakers. Tone controls include a 5 Step Bass Boost Control for further customization. The entire unit is housed in a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis that not only compliments the classic glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps, but also any room decor.

"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
"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
"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
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Additional Information

Name McIntosh MHA100
Sub Title Headphone Amplifier
Manufacturer McIntosh
Manufacturer Part# MHA100
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  • Headphone power output - high selection: 1W
  • Headphone power output - nominal selection: 250mW
  • Headphone output impedance: 8-40 ohms
      40-150 ohms
      150-600 ohms
  • 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
  • Connectivity - headphone output (1): 0.25"
  • Connectivity - high level inputs balanced (1): Stereo
  • Connectivity - high level inputs unbalanced (1): Stereo
  • Connectivity - digital coaxial input: 1
  • Digital optical input: 1
  • Digital AES/EBU input: 1
  • Digital USB input: 1
  • Preamplifier output (1): Stereo
  • Tone controls: 5 step bass boost control - 0 to +12.5dB (in 2.5dB steps) @ 40
  • Power control input: Yes
  • Power control output: Yes
  • Output meters: Yes
  • Tube or solid state: Solid state
  • Power requirement: 120V 50/60Hz, 1.5A
  • Standby power requirement: < 0.25 watts
  • Output autoformer: Yes for headphones
  • Digital coaxial input sample rate: 16Bit, 24Bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
  • Digital optical input sample rate: 16Bit, 24Bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
  • Digital AES / EDU inputs sample rate: 16Bit, 24Bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
  • Digital USB input sample rate: 16Bit, 24Bit, 32Bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.5625" x 11.5" x 18"
  • Weight: 26.5 lbs
  • Shipping weight: 32.5 lbs