The Mcintosh MHA200 merges the old and the new, and it will appeal to people from both eras. Old schoolers will appreciate the quality that comes with pure tube circuitry — the kind that Mcintosh has been using in amplifiers since the golden era of the 1940s and 1950s. New schoolers will marvel at the tubes’ visually striking posture on the exterior, and they will be quite impressed when they don a pair of connected headphones. This old-fashioned amp can compete with the best ones of today. This is the first amplifier from Mcintosh that doesn’t feature loudspeaker binding posts, a crossfeed director, or an internal digital-to-analog converter. Instead, the amp has only the essential elements that are necessary to convert what is playing into sound. There is little more than one pair of 12AT7 tubes to amplify incoming audio and one pair of 12BH7A tubes to power the output transformers.
As for connecting, there’s no shortage of options where a pair can be plugged into the McIntosh. Going around from front to back, listeners will find separate left- and right balanced XLR sockets, a stereo-balanced XLR socket, a 6.4mm single-ended socket, a balanced XLR input. and a single-ended RCA input. Plug, play and listen to purity.
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