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McIntosh MHA150 Headphone/Integrated Amplifier

The MHA150 Headphone Amplifier is a worthy successor to the critically-acclaimed MHA100. The MHA150 contains the same feature set and performance standards but adds our new 2nd generation digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that provides support for DSD and DXD files to give you access to the latest in digital music. It's important to note that this is also a generously powerful 100wpc integrated amp - which makes it a short-lister for any Bay Area space-limited HiFi rig as well!

$4500.00

The MHA150 Headphone Amplifier is a worthy successor to the critically-acclaimed MHA100. The MHA150 contains the same feature set and performance standards but adds our new 2nd generation digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that provides support for DSD and DXD files to give you access to the latest in digital music.

Like the MHA100, the MHA150 continues to take advantage of unique McIntosh technologies to create the best possible personal listening experience regardless of the headphones you use. Our Autoformer technology found in our large mono and stereo amplifiers has been adapted to produce three headphone impedance ranges of 8-40, 40-150 and 150-600 ohms so that every headphone will receive the legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance.

For enjoying DSD and DXD files, the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 along with DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. Our proprietary MCT input has also been added to the MHA150; when paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport​, it offers a secure DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio on SACDs.

For connecting digital devices, an optical and coaxial input are included along with the USB and MCT inputs; two analog inputs are also available. Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings added dimension to your music in a natural sounding way but can be turned off depending on your preferences. The MHA150 is smaller than our other amplifiers, giving you additional flexibility to locate it almost anywhere in your space. It’s the same width as the MB50 Streaming Audio Player and the two can be combined to start building a complete system.

The MHA150 is powerful and versatile enough to drive a pair of quality desktop or small bookshelf speakers​ via its 50 watt stereo speaker outputs. Our patented Power Guard® technology is included and will prevent clipping that could damage your headphones or speakers. A 5 step Bass Boost Control allows for further sound customization. The entire unit is housed in a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis that not only compliments the classic glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps, but virtually any room decor.

Headphone Output Specifications
Headphone Power Output

High Selection: 1W
Normal Selection: 250mW
Headphone Output Impedance

8-40 Ohms
40-150 Ohms
150-600 Ohms
Electronic Specifications
Power Output per Channel

50 Watts
Speaker Impedance

8 Ohms
Rated Power Band

20Hz to 20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion

0.005%
Intermodulation Distortion

0.005% maximum, if the instantaneous peak power is 100 watts or less per channel with both channels operating for any combination of frequencies from 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Headroom

1.5dB
Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
+0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100kHz
Sensitivity (Unbalanced)

300mV
Sensitivity (Balanced)

600mV
Maximum Input Signal (Unbalanced)

8V
Maximum Input Signal (Balanced)

16V
Signal To Noise Ratio

105dB
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)

25K/25K
Damping Factor

>150
Preamplifier Output

3V (8V maximum)
Preamplifier Output Impedance

500 Ohms
Voltage Gain

36.5dB
Power Guard

<2% THD with up to 16dB overdrive at 1kHz
Connectivity
Headphone Output

1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Balanced Input

1
Unbalanced Input

1
Digital AES/EBU Input

0
Digital Coaxial Input

1
Digital Optical Input

1
Digital MCT (DIN) Input

1
Digital USB Input

1
Preamplifier Output

1
Digital Audio Specifications
Digital AES/EDU Input Sample Rate

N/A
Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate

16-bit, 24-bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
Digital Optical Input Sample Rate

16-bit, 24-bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate

16-bit, 24-bit - 32kHz to 192kHz
Digital USB Input Sample Rate

16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit - 32kHz to 384kHz
Control
Tone Controls

5 Step Bass Boost Control: 0 to +12.5dB (in 2.5dB steps) @ 40Hz
Power Control Input

1
Power Control Output

1
General Specifications
Output Meters

Yes
Vacuum Tube or Solid State

Solid State
Power Requirement

120V 50/60Hz, 1.5A
Standby Power Requirement

<0.25 Watts
Output Autoformer

Yes for Headphones
Weights & Dimensions
Dimensions (W x H x D)

11-1/2" (29.2cm) x 5-7/8" (14.9cm) x 18" (45.7cm)
Weight

26.5 lbs (12 kg)