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    New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    New Upgraded Versions of Two of our Award-Winning Integrated Amplifiers

    The New MA9500 and MA8950 Offer Additional Performance Benefits
    The MA8950 (left) and MA9500 Integrated Amplifiers.
    We are proud to unveil the new MA9500 and MA8950 Integrated Amplifiers, which replace the award-winning MA9000 and MA8900 and add performance enhancements to these already outstanding products.

    Highlights of the MA9500 and MA8950:

    Come standard with our advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module with an HDMI input and support for DSD512
    Filter capacity has been doubled which has produced significant increase in dynamic headroom of over 50%
    Increased filter capacity also helps deliver even better bass performance
    Upgraded power supply components further reduce noise emissions while also adding more robustness under the most demanding conditions

    The MA9500 Integrated Amplifier.

    Music simply comes to life with the MA9500 through its 300 Watts per channel of clean, effortless power. It features 10 analog inputs: 2 balanced, 6 unbalanced, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono input that both offer adjustable loading. It also includes a balanced and unbalanced output that can send the audio signal to another power amplifier. McIntosh's innovative Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts will easily but securely attach the speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose; the binding posts are gold-plated to prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent to the speakers. The MA9500 includes a discrete, eight-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of ±12dB in 2dB increments at frequencies of 25Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, and 10kHz... Read More

    The MA8950 Integrated Amplifier.

    The MA8950 offers 200 Watts per channel and combines McIntosh's amplification expertise and preamplifier technologies into one comprehensive stereo sound system component. It comes with 9 analog inputs: 1 balanced, 6 unbalanced, 1 Moving Coil (with adjustable loading), and 1 Moving Magnet phono input. It also includes an unbalanced fixed output and an unbalanced variable output along with a discrete, five-band tone control that allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of ±12dB in 2dB increments at frequencies of 30Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 2kHz, and 10kHz... Read more
    DA2 Digital Audio Module shown on the back panel of the MA8950 (also included in the MA9500).
    The MA9500 and MA8950 both include a variety of McIntosh technologies including Autoformers™, Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor™, Monogrammed Heatsinks™, Home Theater PassThru, Headphone Crossfeed Director®, and Power Control.
    Ordering

    The MA9500 replaces the MA9000 and has an MSRP of $12,000 USD. The MA8950 replaces the MA8900 and has an MSRP of $9,000 USD. Both can now be ordered at your local authorized dealer. Shipping to the United States and Canada is expected to begin in February 2022 and to the rest of the world shortly thereafter. Contact your dealer to learn more about the MA9500 and MA8950.
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Interesting they are bringing back the EQ, although they call it tone controls. I see people asking about EQ's on some pages but they usually aren't the type to spend 9 to $12k.

    I do think a HDMI input is a good thing.
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    New to forum great info. I was looking at integrated options and once I heard the MA8900 I was blown away, trialing one for the weekend will likely buy it was over my budget but once you hear it hard to go back.

    My question is, with the MA8950 being released would make sense to get that one but no deal on it would cost me a lot more, since I'm already being stretched just to get the 8900 is there that much of a difference the 8950 over the 8900? If later on, I updated the DA1 to DA2 would I really be missing out that much?

    Thanks to all for your advice. Appreciate it.

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Welcome to the forum Andrew, thank you for joining.
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Interesting they are bringing back the EQ, although they call it tone controls. I see people asking about EQ's on some pages but they usually aren't the type to spend 9 to $12k.

    I do think a HDMI input is a good thing.

    The previous models also had tone controls. tone controls are nothing new on Mac products.

    I felt they were useful when I owned the C2300 preamp. When the recording was good, you don't use them and switch them out of the signal.
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Welcome to the forum Andrew, thank you for joining.
    Thank you for having me.

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    I wonder how good are McIntosh built in phono pres? The 8950 looks like a nice unit

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    I really like the built in phono preamps in my C49. I previously had the SimAudio 310LP and an external McIntosh MHP100. I feel that the built in one on my new pre-amp is better than both although McIntosh told me that the external and the built in are about the same thing. Maybe it is being built in and not dealing with separate wiring and power cables .
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Ordered a new 8950 in early June.

    Looking for a 1 box solution with an internal upgradeable DAC (replacing my MA6600 and D100).

    Dealer says few more weeks!
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    still patiently (almost) waiting for delivery.

    if it takes much longer may just keep my MA6600 and upgrade my DAC (stick with a 2 box solution, I guess)
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    It looks like the only difference between these new integrated amps and their predecessors is the DA2 module and more dynamic headroom via larger power supply filter caps. Anything else?
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    yeah, price!
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Hang in there Dogs!
    The wait will become a memory that's a part of your upgrade provenance.

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Mine arrived at the dealer.

    Pick up on Thursday.
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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by DogsPart2 View Post
    Mine arrived at the dealer.

    Pick up on Thursday.
    Happy pick up day!!

    Let us know how it goes!!

    And we want pics!

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Meet the new boss...

    same as the old boss...

    kinda


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    James comes to investigate

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by dogspart2 View Post
    meet the new boss...

    Same as the old boss...

    Kinda


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    james comes to investigate

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    saaaweeeeeet!!!!

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Have any of you guys heard the new MC3500’s ..?



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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    Have any of you guys heard the new MC3500’s ..?



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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by DogsPart2 View Post
    Meet the new boss...

    same as the old boss...

    kinda
    How ya' likin' the sounds Dog?

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    Re: New McIntosh Integrated Amplifiers

    So far, so good. Sounds warmer (ie. typical McIntosh sound) than the MA6600 it replaces, but then again it could just be the honeymoon phase.

    The DA2 is a big improvement, at least to my tired ole ears, over the aging D100. The D100 was no slouch either, and I may just keep it for a secondary headphone system.
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