CES 2014 McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

I got wind of the newly introduced McIntosh MHA100 at RMAF in a casual conversation with McIntosh Product Manager Ron Cornelius but was nevertheless surprised to see it in the flesh at CES. The new amp is a beast by most standards having both high and low power settings in each of three impedance ranges (8-40 Ohm, 40-150 Ohm, and 150-600 Ohm) managed by McIntoshes famous autoformer output transformers. I asked Ron what the actual output impedance was in the settings, but he was unable to provide me with that info.

The MHA100 ($5000) has balanced and unbalanced analog inputs, and four digital inputs (optical, coax, AES/EBU, and asynchronous USB). The internal DAC is capable of up to 32/192 decoding. Also included is a 50WPC power amp for speakers. But the thing that most caught my attention is an analog cross-feed implementation they've called "DXC". I spent a little time listening to the cross-feed circuit and it seemed fairly effective. Sure is cool to see a headphone cross-feed circuit in a McIntosh product.

Also on display (but not available for a listen) was a set of prototype headphones called the MHP1000 tentatively slated for sale at $2000, and looking awfully Beyerdynamic-like. Really quite interesting to see McIntosh's take on high-end headphone product...and very encouraging. I'll certainly be watching.

Press release for McIntosh CES2014 introductions here.

guerillaw's picture

I really hope this sound terrible because if sounds good I'm going to be down a kidney to get the funds!

Thanks for the report Tyll and I cant wait to see a review!

thelostMIDrange's picture

there's no job for them after graduation in any case. I'll bet this sounds very similar to the input of my MAC receiver from 1980 though, which is glorious. Long live bing'amton

sfoclt's picture

I'm already in line.  Unless they really screw the pooch somehow, this should be pretty satisfying to own and use.