McIntosh MA352 Review: The highest level of quality

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McIntosh MA352 Integrated Amplifier features a hybrid design that combines the best of tube and solid state sound. The result is an attractive amplifier that leverages the best of these two opposing audio philosophies while reproducing music at the highest level of quality.

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The all-analog design McIntosh MA352 features a tube preamp section that includes a pair of 12AX7A tubes and a pair of 12AT7 tubes. The transistor output stage is capable of delivering up to 200 watts per channel to 8 ohm speakers or 320 watts per channel to 4 ohm speakers. Dual dial gauge scales provide an accurate reading of the power output for both speaker impedances.

The McIntosh MA352 features 2 balanced XLR and 3 unbalanced RCA inputs, as well as 1 adjustable phono amplifier input for MM heads. The gold-plated speaker terminals are corrosion resistant and provide high-quality signal transmission to your speakers. The McIntosh MA352 has a preamp output for connecting an external, more powerful power amplifier. Also, the mentioned output can be used to connect 1 or 2 active subwoofers.

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McIntosh MA352 features most proprietary technologies including Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor ™, McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks ™, High Drive Headphone Amplifier with Crossfeed Director (HXD®), 5-band analog tone control (each band is ± 12dB adjustable) , pass-through for inclusion in a home theater system, power management and data ports.

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Audio enthusiasts have long argued the merits of traditional audio technologies like vacuum tubes vs. solid-state componentry. Like the vinyl vs. analog or CD vs. digital music debates, it can create heated discussion regarding what constitutes better sound. With the original MA252 integrated amplifier and now with the MA352, McIntosh uses its seven decades of audio know-how to use each technology for its highest and best use.

Specifications

  • Number of channels 2
  • Power 8 Ohm, W 2 x 200
  • Power 4 Ohm, W 2 x 320
  • Frequency range, Hz-kHz 20 – 20
  • S / N ratio, dB 97
  • Harmonic distortion,% 0.03
  • Input impedance 20 kOhm
  • Sensitivity , dB 0.6 / 0.3 V (XLR / RCA)
  • Damping factor 100-200
  • Tube set 2 x 12AX7a, 2 x 12AT7 Phono amplifier
  • Inputs: Analog audio 2 x RCA, 2 x XLR, Others 1 x 3.5 mm IR, Data Port
  • Outputs Acoustic 2 pairs, Headphones 1 x 6.3 mm, Others 1 x 3.5 mm trigger
  • Dimensions, mm 445 x 251 x 521
  • Weight, kg 29.9

The McIntosh MA352 is housed in a mirror-polished stainless steel case. Vintage McIntosh diecast aluminum badges are affixed to each side of the unit. Blue illuminated dial gauges, control knobs, illuminated logo and black glass bezel with direct LED backlighting complete the brand’s recognizable identity.

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