McIntosh MA8900: What reviewers are saying?

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 |


The 1st reviews of MA8900 Integrated Amplifier
 are in and here's what they are saying:



"The sound character of the McIntosh MA8900 is beautifully balanced and detailed, and I have to admit that I am very much in love." Awarded 5 Stars.




"The McIntosh MA8900 Integrated Amplifier is everything an audiophile might desire, both sonically and in durability... The sound is dynamic without being harsh, controlled without being lifeless, detailed without becoming shrill, and absolutely realistic... [it] can help you make the best of your music, your speakers, and your room."

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"The MA8900 doesn't sound good -  it's sounds marvelous, on all types of music. It engender a sense of pride of ownership, has Cadillac build quality, (and) intelligent user features."


- StereoNet 

McIntosh's MA8900 integrated amplifier simply confirms the brand's iconic status. The MA8900 Integrated Amplifier offers 200 Watts per channel and combines many new features with their legendary amplification prowess and preamplifier capabilities into one all-encompassing unit.

The MA8900 is the first product to feature the new McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™. They are made from high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity properties and are so efficient at dissipating heat that they warrant bearing the McIntosh “Mc” logo. Besides helping your MA8900 run cool, they’ll also help it look cool thanks to a new finishing process that results in a higher quality appearance. They are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time (or warm-up time) so that the first musical note played sounds just as good as songs played later in your listening session.

To keep up with the ever-changing world of digital audio, all the digital inputs are housed in the new DA1 Digital Audio Module. The DA1 Digital Audio Module can be replaced by future modules to easily keep your MA8900 current with all the latest digital audio formats and technologies. It has 6 digital inputs consisting of 2 coax, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 MCT for use with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport.

Analog stereo inputs include 1 balanced and 6 unbalanced plus 1 each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet for turntable connectivity. All inputs can be given custom names for user-friendly system control and configuration. Unlike McIntosh’s previous integrated amplifiers, every input now functions independently of each other and all are always available for use regardless of how you connect your sources.

Besides new heatsinks and advanced digital audio capabilities, the MA8900 includes many other updates. McIntosh engineers have used new, more powerful control microprocessors to improve overall system operation. They have also incorporated some of the latest audio-grade circuit components to allow the MA8900 to deliver the best sound possible.

From S&I - For audiophiles who want the cutting edge of convenience, control, and durability, there are few other components that can match the MA8900. The McIntosh MA8900 is a state-of-the-art component in every way.