Boutique audio brand McIntosh Labs has introduced a unique new personal listening amp that promises high-quality sound production. And it’s offered at a surprisingly low entry cost.
Available for $700, the MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier is targeted at on-the-go audiophiles, and is geared to providing the high-end listening experience that’s as portable as immersive. For anyone familiar with the brand’s classic Sherman-tank design ethos, even the size of the amp is a surprise. It’s about the size of a smartphone.
Built to improve personal listening experiences, the pocket-friendly device boasts an aluminum housing with a glass front panel. Listeners can easily adjust volume thanks to the touch-enabled circular dial, and there are also controls on the bottom of the device.
McIntosh included a 32-bit digital-to-analog converter, in addition to something the brand calls HXD mode for a more authentically spacious listening experience. Listeners can connect to the amp using either Type A or micro B USB inputs, and the battery should last up to 6 hours with Bluetooth enabled.