McIntosh MA5300 Integrated Amplifier Delivers Big
The MA5300 is their smallest solid-state integrated amplifier in terms of both power output and physical size. The direct coupled amplifier delivers 100-watts per channel into eight-ohm speakers or 160-watts per channel into four-ohm speakers. New dual scale blue watt meters give an accurate readout of power output for both four- and eight-ohm impedances.
The MA5300's complement of 12 inputs includes six analog inputs (four unbalanced, one balanced and one Moving Magnet) and six digital inputs (two each coaxial and optical, one USB and one proprietary MCT for use with the MCT series of SACD/CD transports). All digital inputs are housed in the DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by future modules as new digital audio technologies are developed. The DA1 comes with an eight-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.
Included on the MA5300 are McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks, which are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate warm-up time so the MA5300's complete sonic capabilities can be enjoyed from the moment it's turned on. Powerful new control microprocessors have been used to improve overall system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components to deliver the best possible sound. Bass and treble tone controls have been added to help further fine tune the music to the listener's personal preferences.
Rounding out the MA5300 are time-tested McIntosh technologies including Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, Home Theater Pass-Through, 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.