McIntosh MA5300: A Small Integrated Amplifier with Big Sound

There are many integrateds in this price category, "but nobody does it 'the McIntosh way.' You get all the things you want from an amplifier: power, control and high resolution with tons of details. You get an amplifier that plays from the heart." Awarded 5 out of 5 stars. - Stereo+

The MA5300 Integrated Amplifier is proof that big sound can come in small packages. It is McIntosh’s smallest solid state integrated amplifier in terms of both power output and physical size, making it an ideal choice for smaller spaces or for someone just beginning to assemble a home audio system.

It’s a direct coupled amplifier that delivers 100 watts-per-channel into 8 ohm speakers or 160 watts-per-channel into 4 ohm speakers. New dual scale blue watt meters give an accurate readout of power output for both 4 and 8 ohm impedances.

The MA5300’s complement of 12 inputs includes 6 analog inputs (4 unbalanced, 1 balanced and 1 Moving Magnet input for turntables) and 6 digital inputs (2 each coaxial and optical, 1 USB and 1 proprietary MCT for use with Mc's MCT series of SACD/CD Transports). All digital inputs are housed in McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by upgraded to the new DA2 module.

The DA1 comes with an 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for high resolution audio playback. All inputs can be given user-friendly names to simplify system control and configuration.

The MA5300 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon tested designation from Roon Labs. 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.

    Rounding out the MA5300 are time tested McIntosh technologies including Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor™, Home Theater Pass Thru, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®), and gold-plated speaker binding posts. The classic McIntosh aesthetic of blue watt meters, a black glass front panel with aluminum end caps, control knobs, and illuminated logo complete the MA5300.

    The McIntosh MA5300 integrated amplifier retails for $5,500. Shop the MA5300 in-store or online now!