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McIntosh MA12000 2-Channel Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

$15,000.00

Lexi BLexi B
23:27 23 Sep 22
This place is absolutely amazing! Ryan who works there is really knowledgeable on recievers and went out of his way to help me solve some problems with my older denon that I couldn't get to connect to my new TV. Ryan took the time to explain the process of what was needed to be done and even checked on me when I got home to see if I was able to get it working. Really kind person and you don't get that often nowadays. Their speaker selection is top of the line and out of this world. Highly recommended!!! 🥰
Eli MoraisEli Morais
22:20 28 Dec 21
It's the best audio store in the country. I have bought a few amplifier from Eddie when I was in Houston. Nicest guy. It's always there when I have questions.
Rommel SalazarRommel Salazar
14:18 08 Jun 21
Bought my first Mcintosh amplifier here. Jeff was very helpful and down to earth. Check out this store, the best I've seen and service is excellent. 6 stars!!
Noel RuizNoel Ruiz
16:00 07 Mar 21
I bought a pair of Cornwall iv excellent service from Jeff great person guide me through the purchase and help all the way with shipping even know I live in PRThks
Kyle CKyle C
22:11 03 Dec 20
Awesome team here, super knowledgeable! Provided a superb price on a projector that no big box store could come close to. The shop itself is super cool too. Jeff’s got a ton of awesome movie and music memorabilia.
Salman BakhraibaSalman Bakhraiba
21:01 27 Sep 20
Had the luxury to visit the store this weekend, we were welcomed by Jeff. Really nice and knowledgeable person in the field of Audio. The amazing setup with high end Mcintosh Amps, Preamp and their speakers changed our perspective on sound even though I am use to Parasound, Marantz, Emotiva, Klipsch & Martin logan products.Now time to start finalizing and narrow down my wish list to build a nice System for myself.Will definitely give them the business for all my future purchases.It’s a blessing to have a store like this in your local community - Treat yourself, go and check them out even if you’re not an audiophile - cos I can guarantee you will get into this hobby for sure.
Kenneth CoakleyKenneth Coakley
20:54 10 Aug 20
Great selection of audio gear. Ask for Eddie. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Mike CMike C
03:16 18 Jul 20
Loved this place! Jeff spent so much time with me helping me pick the right speakers for my setup. He was very patient with all my questions and he was extremely knowledgeable in all the equipment. While this is an appointment only high end audio store, they didn't act elitist when it came to my setup, and they were very down to earth. This is my new go to place for high end audio.
ParkerParker
13:23 03 May 19
Hand down the best HiFi audio shop in the entire state! These guys have really spent the time and energy to do it right. If you are in the market for a high end system, or just want to listen to some of the best equipment the industry has to offer, then do yourself a favor and make an appointment.
Taylor FoxTaylor Fox
22:38 03 Mar 19
Houston Audio is wife approved. 😄 The speakers are everything your man has been begging you for, yet they are so sleek and aesthetically pleasing, you will barely see them (but definitely hear them!) The speakers can enhance any room in your house. After spending time around the speakers I have grown to an understanding of how the speakers work and how they can truly change the way your favorite song or movie sounds-in the best way. Jeff & Eddie have staged beautiful demo rooms at H.A. that provide a unique experience in each room. It truly adds to the entire listening experience! I definitely recommend stopping by and listening in each room.
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Description

MA12000

2-Channel Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

  • Hybrid design: vacuum tube preamp and solid state power amp
  • 350 Watts x 2 channel
  • 8-band tone control
  • 17 inputs (10 analog + 7 digital)
  • Comes with DA2 Digital Audio Module installed

The fully loaded, hybrid MA12000 Integrated Amplifier is a product of uncompromising audio engineering and expert craftsmanship. Our most powerful integrated amplifier ever, the feature rich MA12000 offers 350 Watts per channel of clean, high performance power that produces a breathtaking home audio experience. You will think your favorite musicians are playing a live, in-person performance in your house.

The MA12000 gives you the best of all worlds with the warm nuances of a vacuum tube preamplifier (or valve preamplifier as some of our friends like to say) combined with the speed and raw power of a solid state amplifier, state-of-the-art digital audio capabilities, and enough analog audio connections for virtually any home music system.

The MA12000 is a hybrid design with the preamplifier section powered by (4) 12AX7A vacuum tubes (2 tubes per audio channel), while the 350 Watt power amplifier section employs a solid state design. Our Autoformer technology guarantees your speakers will always be capable of receiving that full 350 Watts whether they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance.
There are 10 analog inputs on the MA12000 consisting of 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced inputs, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet input for connecting a turntable. Both phono inputs feature adjustable loading for fine tuning the MA12000 to your specific turntable configuration so your vinyl collection sounds just right. All the unbalanced analog connectors are constructed from premium gold-plated solid brass for superior signal handling and grounding. The MA12000 also has 1 balanced and 1 unbalanced output if you ever want to connect to an additional amplifier that’s used in a different part of your residence.
For digital music, the MA12000 comes with our DA2 Digital Audio Module factory installed. Located in the DA2 are 7 digital audio inputs: 2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 MCT (for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports), and 1 audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 connection. The DA2 is powered by a next generation, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). This audiophile-grade DAC features improved dynamic range and improved total harmonic distortion. The DA2 supports high resolution digital audio playback, as the USB input supports native playback of up to DSD512 and DXD up to 384kHz, while the coax and optical inputs can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz.

The HDMI (ARC) input allows TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output to be connected to the MA12000 and your home stereo system to bring a new level of audio performance to your TV and movie watching that TV speakers or soundbars just can’t provide. Popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® are supported and will be expertly converted to 2-channel audio for proper playback. When CEC communication is enabled in both the MA12000 and your TV, your TV remote can control the power and volume of the MA12000. The DA2 can be replaced by future modules to keep your MA12000 up to date as new digital audio formats and technologies are developed.

The DA2 has received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs, which can be especially useful if you have an extensive library of digital music. It has been profiled and tested by both Roon and McIntosh for maximum compatibility. Roon will recognize it and send it audio optimized for its capabilities. No fiddling with checkboxes or dropdowns, Roon Tested devices are automatically identified and configured out of the box for a superior customer experience.

The top of the MA12000 is highlighted by some updated industrial design elements. The Autoformers and power transformer are now contained in a new glass topped enclosure capped by a glass name plate encircled with a decorative trim ring. Key performance specifications and a detailed block diagram are printed on 5 glass panels.

Other MA12000 features include:

  • Power Guard® that monitors the output signal for over driving and makes real time micro adjustments to the input signal to prevent harsh sounding clipping that could potentially damage your speakers
  • Our fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit Sentry Monitor that disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
  • A pair of peak responding, trademarked “McIntosh Blue” Watt meters that indicate the real time power output of each audio channel
  • McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks which are connected to advanced high current output transistors that minimize thermal equilibrium lag (or warm-up) time and help keep the MA12000 running cool
  • Home Theater PassThru that allows for seamless integration into a home theater system
  • Our patented Solid Cinch speaker binding posts that easily but securely attach the speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose and possibly causing a short; the binding posts are also gold-plated to prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent over your speaker cables to your speakers
  • A discrete, eight-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of your favorite recordings
  • High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) which can bring an added dimension to headphone listening
  • Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown
  • Doubling of filter capacity compared to our other integrated amplifiers for even better low frequency performance
  • The latest audio-grade circuit components to deliver the best sound possible
  • Powerful control microprocessors to improve overall system operation
  • Easy operation via front panel controls or the included comprehensive remote control

The entire unit is wrapped in the classic McIntosh aesthetic with a pair of blue watt meters, a black glass front panel, rotary control knobs, illuminated logo, aluminum end caps with built-in handles and a beautiful stainless steel chassis polished to a mirror finish. The MA12000 can be paired with a variety of turntables, CD players, music streamers, and speakers.

 

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS

  • Power Output per Channel
    350 Watts
  • Number of Channels
    2
  • Speaker Impedance
    2, 4, or 8 Ohms
  • Rated Power Band
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    Preamplifier: 0.03%
    Amplifier: 0.005%
  • Dynamic Headroom
    1.5dB
  • Frequency Response +0,-0.5dB
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response, +0, -3dB
    10Hz to 100kHz
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)
    0.30mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)
    3.0mV
  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    600mV/300mV
  • Sensitivity (Power Amp input)
    1.7V
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)
    75dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)
    77dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)
    95dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Power Amp input)
    114dB
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    44K/22K
  • Damping Factor
    >40
  • Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    8V Unbalanced
    16V Balanced

CONNECTIVITY

  • Balanced Input
    2
  • Unbalanced Input
    6
  • Phono Input Moving Coil
    1 (adjustable loading)
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet
    1 (adjustable loading)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
    Yes: DA2
  • Digital Coaxial Input
    2
  • Digital Optical Input
    2
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input
    1
  • Digital USB Input
    1
  • HDMI (ARC) Input
    1
  • Balanced Variable Output
    1
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output
    1
  • Unbalanced Variable Output
    1
  • Headphone Output
    1/4″ High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
  • Subwoofer Output
    0
  • AM/FM Tuner option
    No
  • Home Theater PassThru
    Yes
  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type
    Premium gold-plated solid brass
  • Speaker Binding Post Type
    Patented Solid Cinch™ Speaker Binding Posts
  • Service Port
    1

DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

  • Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type
    8-channel, 32-bit/384kHz PCM/DSD, Quad Balanced
  • Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate
    24-bit/44.1kHz to 192kHz
  • Digital Optical Input Sample Rate
    24-bit/44.1kHz to 192kHz
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate
    16-bit/44.1kHz (CD)
    DSD64 (SACD)
  • Digital USB Input Sample Rate
    32-bit/44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM)
    DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512, DXD352.8kHz, DXD384kHz

CONTROL

  • Tone Controls
    8-Band
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign
    Yes
  • RS232 Control Input
    Yes
  • Power Control Output
    1 Main, 2 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port
    4
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input
    Yes
  • Input Level Match
    Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State
    Preamplifier: Vacuum Tube
    Amplifier: Solid State
  • Output Type
    Autoformer™
  • Output Meters
    Yes
  • Dual Layer Chassis
    Yes
  • Chassis Finish
    Polished stainless steel & black painted steel
  • McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™
    Yes
  • Power Requirement
    120V, 50/60Hz, 6.6A
  • Standby Power Requirement
    <0.25 Watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
    17-1/2” (44.5cm) x 9-7/16” (24 cm) x 19-3/4” (50.2cm)
  • Unit Weight
    108 lbs (48.9kg)
  • Shipping Weight
    141 lbs (63.9kg)

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