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The MA9000 Integrated Amplifier, McIntosh’s largest integrated in both size and power, offers 300 Watts per channel and combines McIntosh’s amplifier and preamplifier expertise into one comprehensive unit.
There are enough inputs and outputs on the MA9000 to last a lifetime. The 10 analog connections are comprised of 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced inputs, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet for turntable connectivity. Both phono inputs feature adjustable loading for fine tuning of vinyl playback. All unbalanced analog connectors are made from premium gold-plated solid brass for superior signal handling and grounding.
On the digital side, 2 coax, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 MCT input (for use with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport) are all housed in the new DA1 Digital Audio Module. The DA1 can be easily replaced by future modules to keep your MA9000 up to date as new digital audio formats and technologies are developed. The DA1 utilizes a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode. The coax and optical inputs will decode music up to 24-bit/192kHz for high-resolution audio playback; the USB input accepts even higher PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz. All inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration. All inputs also function independently of each other, and each is always available for use regardless of how your sources are connected.
The MA9000 features the new McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ that are made from high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity properties. They are so efficient at dissipating heat that they warrant bearing the McIntosh “Mc” logo. They are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time (or warm-up time), meaning the first note played will sound just as good as those played later in your listening session.
New, more powerful control microprocessors have been used in the MA9000 to improve overall system operation. Some of the latest audio-grade circuit components have also been utilized to allow the MA9000 to deliver the best sound possible. At 300 Watts per channel, the MA9000 has enough power to properly drive virtually all loudspeakers – and the renowned McIntosh Autoformer guarantees your speakers will always receive that full 300 Watts regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance.
The entire unit is wrapped in the classic McIntosh aesthetic with blue watt meters, a black glass front panel, control knobs, illuminated logo, aluminum end caps with built-in handles and a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis.
Power Output per Channel: 300 Watts
Number of Channels: 2
Speaker Impedance: 2, 4, or 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
Frequency Response, +0, -3dB: 10Hz to 100kHz
Sensitivity Phono Moving Coil / Moving Magnet: 0.30mV / 3.0mV
Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced): 0.6V/0.3V
Sensitivity (Power Amp): 1.7V
Signal To Noise Ratio Moving Coil / Moving Magnet: 82 dB / 84 dB
Signal To Noise Ratio High Level / Power Amp: 98 dB / 114 dB
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 10K/22K
Damping Factor: >40
Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced): 8V Unbalanced / 16V Balanced
Balanced Input: 2
Unbalanced Input: 6
Phono Input: 1 (adjustable loading) each, Moving Coil and Moving Magnet
Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes
Digital Coaxial Input: 2
Digital Optical Input: 2
Digital MCT (DIN) Input: 1
Digital USB 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®)
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/192kHz 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, DXD352.8kHz, DXD384kHz
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
Vacuum Tube or Solid State: Solid State
Output Autoformer: Yes
Output Meters: Yes
Dual Layer Chassis: Yes
Power Requirement: 120V, 50/60Hz, 6.6A
Standby Power Requirement: Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/2” (44.5cm) x 9-7/16” (24 cm) x 22” (55.88cm) including knobs, connectors and cables
Weight: 101 lbs (45.8kg)
Shipping Weight: 134 lbs (60.8kg)
Subject to the terms and conditions stated below, McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. (“McIntosh”) warrants to the original owner that this Product shall be free from defects in workmanship or materials for a term of three (3) years from the date when it was purchased from an Authorized McIntosh Dealer. Provided, however, that rather than the three (3) years of coverage afforded the Product generally, where applicable, vacuum tubes contained in our Products are warranted for 90 days from the date of purchase, hard disc drives and projector lamps contained in our Products are warranted for one (1) year from the date of purchase.
In the event of any defect covered by this Warranty, McIntosh shall without charge provide all parts, materials, and labor necessary to restore the Product to its original specifications. After repair, McIntosh shall return the Product to its owner at the owner’s expense. In the alternative, McIntosh may at its sole option either replace the Product without charge, or if replacement is not commercially practicable or repair or replacement cannot be accomplished within a reasonable time, McIntosh may refund the purchase price of the Product, subject where appropriate to reasonable depreciation for actual use in accordance with applicable laws, in full satisfaction of its warranty obligations. McIntosh or its Authorized Service Agency will undertake to complete the repair and return of the Product as soon as circumstances permit, unless prevented by causes beyond their reasonable control.
This Warranty does not cover any of the following: (a) glass panels, cabinetry, trim, or other appearance items (except where they are defective at the time of original sale and the Product is delivered for repair within the first thirty (30) days thereafter); (b) batteries, or damage to the Product caused by failure of batteries; (c) or damage to the Product caused by failure of projector lamp; (d) loss of, or damage or corruption to, digital data, files, or other information content of any kind, regardless of cause; (e) failures arising from accident, catastrophe, misuse, neglect, or failure to properly connect and operate the Product in accordance with the accompanying instructions; (f) failures arising from improper installation or removal of the Product; or (g) failures arising from any tampering, alteration, or damage to the Product or attempted servicing of the Product by anyone other than McIntosh or an Authorized McIntosh Service Agency; and McIntosh shall have no liability or obligation of any kind with respect to any of the foregoing types of failures.