MHA50 – the first portable DAC/headphone amplifier from McIntosh with audio technology

October 11, 2017

MHA50 – the first portable DAC/headphone amplifier from McIntosh with audio technology

On September 27, one of the most recognizable manufacturers of high-end audio equipment company McIntosh introduced its latest novelty, which was a high-quality portable headphone amplifier with a DAC function.

Almost every modern person wears in his pocket a very extensive music library, which is always available for listening through a pair of headphones. Despite all the convenience of this method of listening to music through mobile devices, most of them cannot provide you with a decent quality of music sound. It is this contradiction between quality and convenience that the MHA50 portable amplifier/DAC is called upon to solve. McIntosh's MHA50 portable amplifier can make your music sound better - and probably better than ever before - through your headphones.

McIntosh describes their portable amplifier McIntosh MHA50 as following:

“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, DSD256, DXD352.8, DXD384 files and asynchronous USB audio.”

The MHA50 has wired inputs for iOS and Android devices that are compatible with USB on-the-go technology, as well as support for connecting to computers on Mac® and Windows®. The MHA50 can also be connected to these devices via Bluetooth® 4.1 wireless technology using aptX™ technology, which guarantees the highest sound quality. Thanks to the high-performance 32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the MHA50 decodes music files of almost any format from any digital source and delivers sound quality that exceeds what a digital source can reproduce on its own. The novelty supports high-definition audio 32-bit/192 kHz, DSD256 and DXD384 files, as well as asynchronous USB audio. Built-in rechargeable battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh provides up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge when connected via Bluetooth. Playback can last even longer when using wired connections.

The size of this portable amplifier is comparable with the size of most smartphones, which, together with a lightweight body with beveled edges, makes the MHA50 very comfortable to hold in your hand and carry in your pocket. The case of the device has a glass front panel with a touch volume control. The rest of the body of the amplifier is made of durable aluminum, which apart from the decorative function helps to prevent negative external influences. Two options allow the MHA50 to work with all types of headphones from small in-channel models to full-size models with an impedance of 8-600 ohms. Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology allows you to get an extra dimension of your music, making the sound more natural and can be easily turned on and off depending on your preferences. The output connector uses a 3.5 mm gold-plated connector. This connector can also be used to connect to a pair of desktop speakers, allowing the MHA50 to serve as a desktop DAC.

The package of the MHA50 contains the portable amplifier, three USB cables with which you can connect various devices to the amp, a leather protective case and a charger with adapters for Japan and Europe. The approximate price of the new MHA50 portable amplifier in the United States will be $ 700. The start of sales is scheduled for this month.