McIntosh MA6300 Integrated Amplifier - All Analog with Phono Input
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McIntosh MA6300 Integrated Amplifier - All Analog with Phono Input
479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
Integrated amps are one of the fastest selling pieces in our inventory. When the brand is McIntosh they go even faster.
This MA6300 was carefully reviewed in our shop and is performing flawlessly. It also has the benefit of not being as heavy as some other pieces from McIntosh which can be something else to move around.
Looks are great - all meters and lights work as they should, the casework has only slight signs of use, and the front faceplate glass is super clean.
Includes the original McIntosh double shipping carton (necessary for safe shipping), and a fresh new modern remote as shown in our photos.
SkyFi Cosmetic Notes:
• Glass removed and meter filters cleaned and re-installed.
• Fiber optic faceplate.
SkyFi Function Notes:
• This device has no built-in tone control capability.
More from McIntosh:
"Now you can take advantage of traditional McIntosh standards of excellence in the MA6300 Integrated Amplifier. The Power Amplifier section of the MA6300, with a power output of 100 watts per channel, will drive a pair of quality loudspeakers to a high level of performance.
The flexible Preamplifier section provides connections for various input sources and may also be used to drive an external Power Amplifier. The MA6300 reproduction is sonically transparent and absolutely accurate. The McIntosh Sound is “The Sound of the Music Itself.”
Some MA6300 Performance Features Include:
• Power Output
The MA6300 consists of a 100 watts per channel stereo Power Amplifier and a sophisticated Preamplifier in one compact unit with less than 0.005% distortion.
• Electronic Input Switching and Balanced Input
Digital Logic integrated circuits drive Electromagnetic switches on all seven inputs and operating functions for reliable, noiseless, distortion free switching. The Balanced Input allows the connection of a source component using long cable lengths, without a loss in sound quality.
• Power Guard
The patented McIntosh Power Guard circuit prevents the amplifier from being over driven into clipping with its harsh distorted sound that can also damage your valuable loudspeakers.
• Sentry Monitor and Thermal Protection
McIntosh Sentry Monitor power output stage protection circuits ensure the MA6300 will have a long and trouble free operating life. Built-in thermal protection circuits guard against overheating.
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.
RCA Inputs and single XLR Inputs. 5 way binding post for speaker output. Removable IEC power cord
Smooth, uncolored, undistorted natural and clean
8/10 = Very Good. Excellent front faceplate, one minor flaw on chassis side or top. See our detailed rating description here.
Working perfectly and tested in our lab and listening room.
Unit, remote, and power cord.
Original Manufacturers Packing
100 watts into an 8 ohm load is the minimum sine wave continuous average power output. The output RMS voltage is 28.3V across 8 ohms
160 watts into a 4 ohm load is the minimum sine wave continuous average power output. The output RMS voltage is 25.3V across 4 ohms
Output Load Impedance
8 and 4 ohms
Rated Power Band
20Hz to 20,000Hz
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005% maximum harmonic distortion at any power level from 250 milliwatts to rated power, 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz
Preamplifier Main Output
1V for rated input (8V Maximum)
Sensitivity (for rated output)
High Level, 250mV unbalanced, 500mV balanced
Power Amp In, 1V
Signal To Noise Ratio (A-Weighted)
High Level, 97dB below rated output
Phono, 90dB below 10mV input
Power Amplifier, 110 below rated output
0.005% maximum, if the instantaneous peak power output is rated power or less per channel with both channels operating for any combination of frequencies from 20Hz to 20,000Hz.
Wide Band Damping Factor
200 at 8 ohms
100 at 4 ohms
High Level, 20K ohms
Phono, 47K ohms; 65pF
Power Amp In, 10K ohms
Maximum Input Signal
High Level, 8V
Power Amplifier In, 8V
Main Output Impedance
Less than 2% THD with up to 16dB overdrive at 1,000Hz
High Level to Tape Output: 0dB
High Level to Main Output: 12dB
Phono to Main Output: 52dB
120 Volts, 50/60Hz at 3.2 amps
Width is 17-1/2 inches (44.45cm)
Height is 7-5/8 inches (19.37cm) including feet
Depth is 22 inches (55.88cm) including the Front Panel, Knobs and Cables
Kimber Kable - Phono Interconnects - Better
Kimber Kable - Palladian 10 Gauge Power Cord - Best
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.