Need Help? let us know!

Call Us At: (713) 218-8120 or Email Us

free-cables-layers-august

McIntosh MA252 2-Channel Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

$4,500.00

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.
js_loader

Description

MA252

2-Channel Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

  • Hybrid design: vacuum tube preamp and solid state power amp
  • 100 Watts into 8 Ohms
  • 160 Watts into 4 Ohms

The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best of vacuum tube and solid state circuit design to create an amplifier that’s both visually and sonically stunning.

The preamplifier stage uses two 12AX7a and two 12AT7 vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages; the output stage is a direct coupled solid state amplifier that delivers 100 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm speakers or 160 Watts per channel into 4 Ohm speakers. An all analog design, it comes with 2 unbalanced, 1 balanced and 1 Moving Magnet phono input for turntables. All 4 inputs can be given user-friendly names in order to simplify user control. Bass and treble tone controls help fine tune your music to your personal preferences. A full range subwoofer output is included for use with a powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies.

The MA252 features our McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which are connected to advanced high current output transistors. These transistors eliminate the typical amplifier warm-up time so that the MA252 is in peak operating condition from the moment it’s turned on. A powerful control microprocessor is used for smooth system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components that deliver the best possible sound.

Thanks to its solid state output, the MA252 is our first product containing vacuum tubes to include our patented Power Guard® technology. Power Guard monitors the output signal for signs of over driving and makes real time micro adjustments to the input signal to prevent harsh sounding clipping that could potentially damage your speakers. If Power Guard is activated, the 2 vacuum tubes connected to the affected audio channel(s) will flash an amber color; they will return to their normal green color when the clipping has stopped.

Other McIntosh technologies found in the MA252 include Sentry Monitor™, High Drive headphone amplifier and gold-plated speaker binding posts. Input selection, bass, treble, tone bypass, balance and input offset levels can be adjusted using the front panel knobs or the included remote control; all settings and input selection will be shown on the OLED display. The entire unit sits atop a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis with a classic McIntosh-styled die cast aluminum name badge attached to each side.

 

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS

  • Power Output per Channel
    100 Watts into 8 Ohms
    160 Watts into 4 Ohms
  • Number of Channels
    2
  • Speaker Impedance
    4 or 8 Ohms
  • Rated Power Band
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    0.03%
  • Dynamic Headroom
    1.8dB
  • Frequency Response +0,-0.5dB
    20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response, +0, -3dB
    10Hz to 100kHz
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)
    N/A
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)
    3.0mV
  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    0.6V/0.3V
  • Sensitivity (Power Amp input)
    N/A
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)
    N/A
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)
    80dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)
    97dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Power Amp input)
    N/A
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    20K/20K
  • Damping Factor
    8 Ohms: >200
    4 Ohms: >100
  • Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    8V Unbalanced

CONNECTIVITY

  • Balanced Input
    1
  • Unbalanced Input
    2
  • Phono Input Moving Coil
    0
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet
    1 (fixed loading)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
    No
  • Digital Coaxial Input
    0
  • Digital Optical Input
    0
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input
    0
  • Digital USB Input
    0
  • HDMI (ARC) Input
    0
  • Balanced Variable Output
    0
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output
    0
  • Unbalanced Variable Output
    0
  • Headphone Output
    1/4″ High Drive
  • Subwoofer Output
    1 (mono)
  • AM/FM Tuner option
    No
  • Home Theater PassThru
    No
  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type
    Standard
  • Speaker Binding Post Type
    Standard
  • Service Port
    0

DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

  • Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type
    N/A
  • Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate
    N/A
  • Digital Optical Input Sample Rate
    N/A
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate
    N/A
  • Digital USB Input Sample Rate
    N/A

CONTROL

  • Tone Controls
    Bass and Treble
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign
    Yes
  • RS232 Control Input
    No
  • Power Control Output
    1
  • Rear Panel Data Port
    1
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input
    No
  • Input Level Match
    Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State
    Preamplifier: Vacuum Tube
    Power Amplifier: Solid State
  • Output Type
    Direct Coupled
  • Output Meters
    No
  • Dual Layer Chassis
    Yes
  • Chassis Finish
    Polished stainless steel
  • McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™
    Yes
  • Power Requirement
    120V 50/60Hz, 3.7A
  • Standby Power Requirement
    <0.5 Watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
    12″ (30.5cm) x 7-5/8″ (19.4cm) x 16-1/2″ (41.9cm)
  • Unit Weight
    28 lbs (12.7 kg)
  • Shipping Weight
    37 lbs (16.8 kg)

Quick Quote Request

Name
How Should We Contact You?

Talk to An Expert

Our knowledgeable advisers like Eddie Fields can help you choose and buy the gear you’ll love for years to come. Call, chat, or email us, or come by the showroom!

Click to Call:713-218-8120

Some Restrictions Apply