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McIntosh MA352 Hybrid Drive Integrated Amplifier - Pre-Owned

Sale price£5,500.00

General:

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General:

The MA352 is McIntosh's best selling integrated released just a few years ago.

This unit is lightly used and super clean and a great opportunity for someone local looking for one. It's a full kit including the original box, manual and remote just like the day it left the factory.

Please visit our shop for pricing and purchase.

Standout Features:
• Includes our Hybrid Drive™ technology that uses the best of vacuum tubes and solid state to produce the best sound performance
• Vacuum tube preamplifier and solid state power amplifier
• 200 Watts into 8 Ohms
• 320 Watts into 4 Ohms
• 5-band tone control

The MA352 Integrated Amplifier is a hybrid design that combines the finest of vacuum tube and solid state audio design principles. The result is an eye-catching amplifier that enjoys the best of these two opposing audio philosophies all while reproducing music at the highest quality level.

"Want valve [vacuum tube] sound with solid state power and reliability? McIntosh have a long history in both fields and bring their expertise to glorious fruition in the audacious MA352 hybrid amplifier, packed with power, glowing valves and the expansive sound they enjoy... The MA352 is an amplifier that we thought was glorious in both appearance and sound." Named Best Hybrid Amplifier 2020. – Hi-Fi World

 The MA352 has "everything it takes to become an instant classic." - Audio Review

The MA352 includes our Hybrid Drive™ technology that uses the best of vacuum tubes and solid state to produce the best sound performance. An all analog design, the MA352 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 – enough power to properly drive virtually any set of loudspeakers. Dual scale blue Watt meters give an accurate readout of power output for both speaker impedances.

"The hybrid McIntosh amplifier is powerful enough to power your favorite speakers, and refined enough to make the experience memorable, no matter what kind of music you play. Highly Recommended." - Lyd & Bilde

"It is a no nonsense pure analogue amplifier design that does exactly what it should do and that is power your speakers to very high levels without any kind of distortion but with exceptional accuracy and clarity to the music." Winner of Reference Award - The Speaker Shack

The MA352 has 2 balanced and 3 unbalanced inputs plus 1 Moving Magnet phono input with adjustable loading for connecting a turntable. It has gold-plated speaker binding posts to help prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent over your speaker cables to your speakers. A stereo preamplifier output is available for connecting a higher-powered amplifier; it can also be used to connect 1 or 2 powered subwoofers for added low frequency performance.

"The quality of the sound never falters. The MA352 remains stunningly clear and detailed with loads of power to spare. With the MA352's impressive 0.03% THD and IMD, you’ll be hard pressed to find any distortion even at window shaking volume." - Tone Audio

"There’s a sense of confidence in the amplifier’s effortlessness in terms of its power capabilities and its handling of music, how it functions and its overall execution. It offers a rounded set of features. It’s solidly built and assembled. It looks gloriously attractive. Finally, and most importantly, it plays music to very high standards of dynamic realism, tonal accuracy and sheer listenability." - SoundStage Australia

The MA352 is packed with numerous McIntosh technologies including:

• Our patented Power Guard® technology that monitors the output signal for over driving and makes real time micro adjustments to the input signal to prevent harsh sounding clipping that could potentially damage your speakers
• Our fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit Sentry Monitor™ that will disengage the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
• McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which are connected to advanced high current output transistors that minimize thermal equilibrium lag (or warm-up) time
• High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
• A 5-band analog tone control allows for manual adjustment of your favorite recordings (each band adjustable by ± 12dB)
• Home Theater Pass Through lets it be seamlessly integrated into a home theater system
• Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown
• Data Ports to send remote control commands to connected source components

The MA352 "allows you to experience music to the fullest by letting the dynamics and all the energy, as well as the subtleties and slightest nuances, be expressed freely. The width of the soundstage, balance of the frequency ranges, precision of the timbres, impact of the lows and clarity of the highs: the McIntosh MA352 combined all of these qualities with ease, no matter the style of music we listened to." - Son-Vidéo

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 an assortment of CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers and speakers to complete your home audio system

Brand Background:
McIntosh Laboratory is an American manufacturer of handcrafted high-end audio equipment based in Binghamton, New York. The company was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh. The company designs and produces audio amplifiers, stereo tuners and other consumer electronics products.

Ownership:
Single Owner

General Sound:
Smooth, uncolored, undistorted natural and clean

Cosmetic Condition:
8/10 = Very Good. Excellent front faceplate, one minor flaw on chassis side or top.. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab and listening room.

Included:
Unit, remote, manual, box, and power cord.

Packing:
Original Manufacturers Packing

Original MSRP:
$7,000.00

Specs:

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS
Power Output per Channel
200 Watts into 8 Ohms
320 Watts into 4 Ohms

Number of Channels
2

Speaker Impedance
4 or 8 Ohms

Rated Power Band
20Hz to 20kHz

Total Harmonic Distortion
0.03%

Dynamic Headroom
1.5dB

Frequency Response +0,-0.5dB
20Hz to 20kHz

Frequency Response, +0, -3dB
10Hz to 100kHz

Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)
N/A

Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)
2.5mV

Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)
0.5V/0.25V

Sensitivity (Power Amp input)
N/A

Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)
N/A

Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)
82dB

Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)
93dB

Signal To Noise Ratio (Power Amp input)
N/A

Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)
20K/20K

Damping Factor
8 Ohms: >200
4 Ohms: >100

Maximum Output (Balanced / Unbalanced)
8V Unbalanced

DIGITAL AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type
N/A

Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate
N/A

Digital Optical Input Sample Rate
N/A

Digital MCT Input Sample Rate
N/A

Digital USB Input Sample Rate
N/A

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Vacuum Tube or Solid State
Preamplifier: Vacuum Tube
Power Amplifier: Solid State

Output Type
Direct Coupled

Output Meters
Yes

Dual Layer Chassis
Yes

Chassis Finish
Polished stainless steel

McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™
Yes

Power Requirement
120V 50/60Hz, 6.0A

Standby Power Requirement
<0.5 Watts  

Link to Manual:
Click Here

The SkyFi Testing Process for Integrated Amplifiers:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCBs for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR.

If the device has the ability to decouple the preamplifier from the power amplifier, we remove the jumpers and independently test each section. If the device cannot be decoupled, we assess the electronic condition of the piece by analyzing the speaker level output only.

We start by connecting the “preout” jacks of the integrated to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates real world loading conditions and gives us an oscilloscope interface. The first order of business is checking that the volume control works smoothly throughout its entire range with acceptable channel balance. This is accomplished by feeding a 1KHz sine wave into one of the preamp’s line level inputs while monitoring the preamp’s output on an oscilloscope. We then switch to a 1KHz square wave to test the tone controls, loudness function, and filters where applicable. During this step we are watching for equal alteration of the test signal by both channels. This also helps us identify dirty controls that will need treatment. Once the basic line stage functions are verified, we test each input individually. This is especially important for devices that use relays to select their sources. If the preamp section is equipped with a phono stage we test that as well. We use an inverse RIAA filter which allows us to feed a reference test signal into the phono input with the proper RIAA equalization and level. A square wave or sine sweep is used to verify that the device’s phono stage is faithfully reproducing the RIAA curve.

Next, we test the power amplifier section by connecting the integrated’s speaker outputs to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which acts as a dummy load, DC offset monitor, and oscilloscope interface. We start with a low level 1KHz test signal at the “main in” jacks and slowly increase its amplitude while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of noise, clipping, distortion, or improper channel balance. We continue increasing the signal level until the amplifier reaches clipping. At this point we take an output power measurement and compare it to the spec sheet of the amplifier to verify proper performance.We finish off the bench evaluation with a 1KHz square wave check and a 20Hz to 20KHz sine sweep to assess the amplifier’s frequency response characteristics. This battery of tests will usually reveal if the amplifier has any issues that need further attention. 

If the preamp and power amp both pass these tests, we reconnect the sections and verify that the preamp section can drive the power amp to rated power with a 1KHz tone on one of the line level inputs.

Before the device leaves the bench, we perform a listening test with actual music using a variety of preferred test tracks. Our benches are outfitted with familiar monitor speakers which help us identify inconsistencies that will not always show up on our test gear. The main things that we are listening for are hum or noise with no signal present, proper center image, clicks, pops, or any other obvious undesirable audio characteristics.

If the unit passes all of these tests it is moved to our long term testing rig where we simulate real word operating conditions for 6-8 hours. This allows us to monitor the unit for signs of thermal runaway or intermittent issues that only crop up when the unit has fully come up to temperature.

 

Click here to schedule an appointment to visit our store or call 201-879-0000.

Please note this item must be purchased in store and we will not ship under any circumstances. Click here for more information about this policy.

Please support your local McIntosh Dealer.

 

Mcintosh Ma352 Hybrid Drive Integrated Amplifier - Pre-Owned
McIntosh MA352 Hybrid Drive Integrated Amplifier - Pre-Owned Sale price£5,500.00