Following the successful launch of the MA252 hybrid integrated amp, McIntosh has announced its newest hybrid integrated amp, the MA352 Integrated Amplifier.
The MA352 is a hybrid design that combines vacuum tube and solid state audio design principles.
An all analog design, it has a vacuum tube preamplifier section that is powered by a pair of 12AX7A and a pair of 12AT7 vacuum tubes. Its output stage is a direct coupled solid state amplifier that outputs 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm speakers or 320 Watts per channel into 4 Ohm speakers - double the MA252's power output and more than enough to properly drive virtually any set of loudspeakers, says the company. Dual scale McIntosh blue Watt meters give an accurate readout of power output for both speaker impedances.
The MA352 has two balanced and three unbalanced inputs plus one Moving Magnet phono input with adjustable loading. It has gold-plated speaker binding posts to help prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent to the speakers. A stereo preamplifier output is available for connecting a higher-powered amplifier; it can also be used to connect one or two powered subwoofers for added low frequency performance.
The MA352 is packed with numerous McIntosh technologies including Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD), 5-band analog tone control (each band adjustable by ± 12dB), Home Theater Pass Through, Power Control, and Data Ports.
The unit sits on a stainless steel chassis polished to a mirror finish; vintage McIntosh-styled die cast aluminum name badges are affixed to each side. Blue output meters, control knobs, an illuminated logo, and a black glass front panel with direct LED backlighting complete the unit. It can be paired with CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers, and speakers to complete a home audio system.
The MA352 will be displayed in early September at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and at CEDIA Expo 2019.
The McIntosh MA352 will begin shipping in the U.S. in September, and to the rest of the world thereafter, and will sell for an MSRP of US$6,500.