The MA8000 has an incredible 15 inputs in total: six line-level; two balanced; five digital; plus a high-quality MM and MC phono input. The five-strong digital input suite in the advanced McIntosh Digital Engine includes two assignable coaxial and two assignable optical inputs, plus a dedicated asynchronous USB 2.0 input (operating at up to 32-bit).
The MA8000’s Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono sections feature adjustable cartridge loading and impedance matching and can be optimised to perfectly suit a vast range of turntable and phono cartridge configurations, allowing record collections to shine like never before.
Also included, is McIntosh’s new internal High Drive headphone amplifier which offers increased gain and output power, optimising it for virtually every headphone type, from in-ear to over-ear, 20 to 600 ohms. The MA8000 also benefits from a Home Theatre Pass Through feature, for seamless integration into existing multichannel home cinema systems.
Offering a (conservatively rated) 300-watt output, the 45kg solid-state MA8000 is a monumental McIntosh thoroughbred and has been engineered to offer unrivalled flexibility, advanced connectivity and the ability to drive even the most challenging loads. The amplifier also includes a discrete eight-band analogue tone control, giving users greater control when using the wide range of input sources the MA8000 is capable of receiving.
The MA8000 proudly retains McIntosh’s legendary 1950s styling and world-class sound quality, and comes complete with the iconic glass-fronted fascia, retro controls and blue power meters. Further features include McIntosh’s Power Guard® technology: a waveform comparison circuit that continuously monitors both input and output signals, dynamically adjusting them when necessary, in order to avoid potentially damaging clipping.
The new MA8000 is perfectly suited to exploiting the full potential of today’s digital devices, while delivering the legendary McIntosh sound quality from a wide number of source components. Like all McIntosh products, the MA8000 is carefully handcrafted in the Binghamton (NY) factory and boasts classic 1950s styling with contemporary features and technology.
Power output per channel: 300 watts
Speaker impedance: 2,4,8 ohms
Rated power band: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%
Dynamic headroom: 1.8db
Frequency response: +0,-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz; +0, -3dB 10Hz to 100kHz
Sensitivity MM phono: 3.0mV
Sensitivity MC phono: 0.3mV
Sensitivity high level (balanced/unbalanced): 0.6V/0.3V
Sensitivity (power amp): 1.7V
Signal to noise ratio (moving magnet): 84dB
Signal to noise ratio (moving coil): 82dB
Signal to noise ratio (high level): 98dB
Signal to noise ratio (power amp): 114dB
Input impedance (balanced/unbalanced):20K/20K
Damping factor: >40
Maximum output (balanced/unbalanced): 8V unbalanced; 16V balanced
Headphone output: High drive
High level inputs unbalanced: 6 stereo
High level inputs balanced: 2 stereo
Variable outputs unbalanced: 1 stereo
Digital USB input: 1 (USB 2.0 asynchronous)
Digital coaxial input: 2
Digital optical input: 2
Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono
Home theatre pass through
RS232 control input
Power control output
Rear panel data ports
Rear panel IR sensor input
Input level match
Tone control: eight band
Tone bypass and input assign
Standby power requirement: <0.25 watts
Dimensions (WxHxD): (44.45cm) x (24cm) x (55.88cm)
Weight: 45.4 kg
Price and availability
The MA8000 sells for £9,995.00 and is available now.