4 in stock (can be backordered)
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Listen to your music with McIntosh sound quality no matter where you go. Your headphones will thank you.
Nearly everyone walks around with most if not all of their music library in their pocket or bag where it’s readily accessible via a pair of headphones. While convenient, it likely doesn’t sound as good as it could. The handheld MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier can make your music sound its best – and likely better than you’ve ever heard it before – through your headphones.
The MHA50 includes wired inputs for Apple® iOS and Android OTG¹ devices plus Mac® and Windows® computers². It can also wirelessly connect to these devices via Bluetooth® 4.1 with aptX™ technology that ensures you receive the highest possible sound quality from your Bluetooth source device. Featuring a high-performance 32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), it decodes music files from almost any digital source and outputs audio that is superior to what your device alone can produce. It supports 32-bit/192kHz hi-res audio, DSD64, DSD128, DXD352.8, DXD384 files and asynchronous USB audio. Its generous 3,000 mAh rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge when connected to a source device via Bluetooth; playback can last even longer when using the wired connections.
Comparably sized to smartphones, the MHA50 is compact and lightweight for easy portability, with a beveled case that fits comfortably in your hand or pocket. Its sleek design features a glass front panel with a touch sensitive volume control knob inspired by the classic knobs found on countless McIntosh amplifiers, preamplifiers, and other products. It’s built primarily from durable extruded aluminum, which also has some inherent noise shielding properties to help block external interference.
Two gain settings allow the MHA50 to work with all types of headphones, from small in-ear models to large, over-ear studio-type designs like our MHP1000 Headphones (sold separately). It can drive headphones with impedances ranging from 8-600 ohms. Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings added dimension to your music in a natural-sounding way and can be easily turned on and off depending on your preferences. All audio is output via a gold plated 3.5mm jack that connects the MHA50 to your headphones. This jack can also connect to a pair of powered desktop speakers, allowing the MHA50 to serve as a desktop DAC.
HEADPHONE OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS
HEADPHONE POWER OUTPUT
HEADPHONE OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
RATED POWER BAND
20Hz to 20kHz
TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 50kHz
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
3.5mm with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
DIGITAL USB INPUT
2 (1 Type A, 1 micro B)
Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP with aptX
Apple iOS devices; Android devices (must be compatible with USB On-The-Go technology to use a wired connection); MacOS & Windows OS computers
DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
DIGITAL USB INPUT SAMPLE RATE
PCM 16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit to 192kHz, DSD64, DSD128, DXD352.8, DXD384
VACUUM TUBE OR SOLID STATE
5V DC, 0.7A
BATTERY PLAYBACK LIFE
Up to 6 hours with Bluetooth connection; playback can last even longer when using the wired connections
INCLUDED IN THE BOX
1 Lightning to USB-A cable
1 USB micro-B to USB-A cable
1 USB micro-B to USB micro-B cable
1 USB micro-B to USB-C OTG cable
1 wall mount charger with USA plug and adapter for Europe and Japan
All cables are 8″/200mm long
WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)
2.7″ (7cm) x 6.1″ (15.5cm) x 0.6″ (1.4cm)
0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)
1 lbs (0.5 kg)
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 one (1) year from the date when it was purchased from an Authorized McIntosh Dealer.
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 Speaker is delivered for repair within the first thirty (30) days thereafter); (b) batteries, or damage to the Speaker caused by failure of batteries; (c) failures arising from accident, catastrophe, misuse, neglect, or failure to properly connect and operate the Speaker in accordance with the accompanying instructions; (d) failures arising from improper installation or removal of the Speaker; or (e) failures arising from any tampering, alteration, or attempted servicing of the Speaker 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.