MCINTOSH BRINGS HIGH FIDELITY SOUND TO THE TRAVELLER
McIntosh, who need no introduction when it comes to the luxury end of high fidelity sound have released their MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier.
Around the size of a typical smartphone, the MHA50 is a headphone amplifier and DAC capable of connecting directly to iOS and Android devices that are compatible with USB On-The-Go technology.
It will also connect wireless via Bluetooth AptX 4.1.
Phil Sawyer, Managing Director at Synergy Audio Visual who represent McIntosh in Australia told StereoNET:
The McIntosh MHA50 features a high-performance 32-bit digital-to-analog converter and it will decode music files from almost any digital source. It then outputs audio that is superior to what your device alone can produce. It supports 32-bit/192kHz hi-res audio, DSD256 and DXD384 files as well as asynchronous USB audio.
With a 3,000 mAh rechargeable battery McIntosh say it will provide up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge when connected via Bluetooth, and even longer when using a wired connection.
Built primarily from durable extruded aluminum it looks every bit McIntosh, and the sleek design features a glass front panel with a touch sensitive volume control knob inspired by the classic knobs found on countless McIntosh products.
There are two gain settings to allow MHA50 to work with a variety of headphones and McIntosh say it will drive headphones with impedances ranging from 8-600 ohms.
The 3.5mm gold plated headphone jack can also be connected to a pair of powered desktop speakers allowing standalone desktop DAC use.
The McIntosh MHA50 will sell locally for $1,195 RRP and come supplied with three USB adapter cables to connect various devices, a leather carrying case, and a wall mount charger. It will be available in October 2017.
For more information visit the McIntosh brand page.
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