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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 POWER OUTPUT: 200mW
HEADPHONE OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 8-600 Ohms
RATED POWER BAND: 20Hz to 20kHz
TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION: 0.005%
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 50kHz
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO: 105dB
PREAMPLIFIER OUTPUT: 1.8V
HEADPHONE OUTPUT: 3.5mm with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
DIGITAL USB INPUT: 2 (1 Type A, 1 micro B)
WIRELESS INPUT: Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP with aptX
SOURCE SUPPORT: Apple iOS devices; Android devices (must be compatible with USB On-The-Go technology to use a wired connection); MacOS & Windows OS computers
DIGITAL USB INPUT SAMPLE RATE: PCM 16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit to 192kHz, DSD64, DSD128, DXD352.8, DXD384
OUTPUT METERS: No
VACUUM TUBE OR SOLID STATE: Solid State
POWER REQUIREMENT: 5V DC, 0.7A
OUTPUT AUTOFORMER: No
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
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D): 2.7" (7cm) x 6.1" (15.5cm) x 0.6" (1.4cm)
WEIGHT: 0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)
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