Speaker matching is critical with this amp. Avoid 4 ohm loads as this unit does not use autoformers. McIntosh claims that it works well with speakers below a 8 ohm load, however based on my experience of owning this amp for 4 years this is truly not the case. Music is lifeless and boring. Tried this amp with a cheap pair of PSB T-20 speakers and the sound really improved! I find most people buying this brand based on the hype of McIntosh and the unique appearance of the product line-up. Who doesn't like VU meters? However I think one can do much better with less money by auditioning other brands. You might be surprised at what you find out.
Pros: Who doesn't like VU meters?
Cons: Speaking matching Value proposition Lackluster sound
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clear and concise. Plays well with B&W speakers.
Pros: great sound
Cons: large footprint
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Extremely well made and just oozes quality. I can hear details in my music collection that I had never noticed before. Those that have pointed out the size of the unit did not emphasize the challenge the depth poses for traditional racks as it barely fit on the shelf of my audio rack. I ultimately had to return it as it just wasn't a good fit for my needs and unfortunately at this price point it needed to be perfect. I would not hesitate recommending this integrated amplifier to anyone looking for a high quality unit.
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Amazing amp it really separates the instruments and makes everything so clear
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Beautiful design and clear, powerful sound. Glad I watched a YouTube video on unpacking before delivery! Best shipping packaging I have ever seen! Very happy with my MA5300!
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: No sub output
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Wow, if you are thinking about buying this, just do it. I was using a really good amp from a reputable brand, and yet the improvements in soundstage and clarity are amazing. It really delivers on the lower end...much more punch. Also, it's even more beautiful in person... that glass face so enjoyable to look at... and those blue meters.
Pros: It's everything you'd expect from a McIntosh.
Cons: I wish it had an output for a sub. Had to use a work-around.
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Clean crisp and clear sound with these amps, I have three. I would say there is no better sounding amp especially with the McIntosh speaker cables and connect cables. Do not shortchange yourself if you spend the bucks on the amp and make sure you buy the best cables or you won't hear the full clarity of this product. No disappointments and built to last for generations to come. My one complaint is McIntosh staff has always been arrogant, not helpful, and difficult with any questions or recommendations but I guess when you make a product this good you can get away with that kind of stuff and still be in business. Crutchfield staff always helpful and on point.
Pros: Awesome quality product
Cons: Price and McIntosh factory customer service.
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I have waited a long time to own an amplifier like this one. My McIntosh MA5300 is the most Fantastic amplifier I have heard in years. It is also very easy to operate. I have connected my turntable, CD player, & laptop to it and I can honestly say the my components have never sounded better. I am completely happy & satisfied with my purchase of the McIntosh MA5300 Integrated Amplifier. ALSO, a great big Thank You to all at Crutchfield for a very pleasant experience with my purchase, especially to you Bo (KUDOS) !!!
Pros: Great Looks Superb Sound Quality Ease of operation
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Excellent built amp. Looks amazing with beautiful trademark Blue VU Meters. Sources through analogue connections are generally good. Decent dynamics but perhaps a little too laid back. Speaker matching is really important with these amps. I own JBL 100's which is not a great match .... tried with Focals and sound presentation improved. Make sure you demo in set-up before purchasing . The only complaint I have is that the DAC section is poor. Very flat and lifeless sound regardless of digital source or material played. Connecting the same equipment CDPlayer/ Sonos Port via analog and the sound improved. This should not be the case based on the price of the unit. They offer an upgraded DAC2 for an extra $1K - maybe that's an improvement (?). At this point sitting on the fence whether I should keep mine or sell it . So far I have been underwhelmed but the critics love it .... go figure. My advice is to audition before purchasing
Pros: Looks Cool Solid Build
Cons: Poor DAC - Thin sounding
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One word...outstanding! Fit, finish, performance all exceeded my expectations plus 2 day delivery!
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Stunning lifelike sound played through Klipsch Forte 3's... warm and powerful.
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What an incredible pleasure to finally own a McIntosh Integrated Amplifier. It is without a doubt the finest in the world, both visually and sonically. A huge thanks to McIntosh And to Crutchfield for making this excellent audio component available to purchase on-line and receive shipping free.
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I was first introduced to McIntosh in 1961 when I was struck by the beauty of the product, the clarity of the sound, AND the size of the price tag. Since the demise of stereo "boutiques" in favor of Internet commerce, I had lost track of McIntosh and thought perhaps they had gone under. Then I saw a whole rack of Mc equipment on CBS's Elementary which sent me to my computer to Google and I landed at Crutchfield (with whom I had previously done business). I've been climbing up the "stereo mountain" ever since stereo was introduced to consumers in 1958. With this unit I feel like I have reached the pinnacle of that climb with long-aspired-to audio perfection. I spent 51 years in manufacturing and this product impresses from that point of view before it is even plugged in. Beautiful !!
Pros: Beautiful design and beautiful manufacturing. Transparent sound with amazing dynamic range. Customization during setup is very welcome.
Cons: It is very heavy (the compromise that produces the sound quality) and it is unusually deep dimensionally (another compromise in favor of sound quality).
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revealing,well balanced sound.and especially mid range liquidity. all about dynamics and finesse,a delicate sledgehammer if you will. actually a lot of bang for the buck. very little compromise-over engineered. that's mcintosh.
Pros: power guard circuitry,plenty of headroom,high current final devices for instant warm-up,the heatsinks are still room temperature at most normal and even some higher than normal output levels-very efficient ones.
Cons: none that i realize.
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What a treasure! My last front was a CODA amp and a Sonic Frontier pre amp. Beautiful sound but the McIntosh has all the cool digital features I couldn't get. And it is the coolest looking front end you have ever seen. Lovely!
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Wow -- I upgraded from a Yamaha integrated amplifier, and while I was expecting better sound from this unit, I'm blown away by how much better it actually is. I have the Mcintosh connected to a pair of Martin Logan 60XT's and a blue node 2i unit to stream tidal and the sound is absolutely gorgeous. My music sounds more clear, warm, and dynamic than ever before. The quality of the unit is also outstanding and it is quite beautiful to look at. I was a little on the fence about buying this unit because of the cost, but now I actually feel that it is a tremendous value -- you are getting an incredible unit dollar for dollar. And as always, the buying experience with crutchfield is A+. If you are thinking about buying this unit, don't think too much. It has truly put a smile on this music listener's face and is sure to do so the same for you.
Pros: Sounds amazing. High quality build. Beautiful to look at.
Cons: None that I can think of.
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Big investment, but worth every Benjamin (not penny in this case). My rare Brazilian vinyls sounds pretty amazing now with the MA5300 and Klipsch speakers. Outstanding customer service... I got great help to set up the subwoofer and even received some special spliters adapters and cables to connect it to the amp as a cortesy!! Super happy, not sure I can say the same about my neighbors.
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What can you possibly say other than .... It's a McIntosh!!! Paired it with my newly refurbished vintage JBL 4311 Studio Monitors. It's amazing, no other signal processing, just the MA5300, speaker wire and the 4311's. An audio dream come true ... now to find the perfect turntable and break out all that Vinyl I have been saving since the 70's!!!!
Pros: All of them!!!
Cons: None ..
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Suffice it to say that a McIntosh Integrated Amp has been at the top of my wish list for a while. I knew the sound would be exceptional I just didn't realize how exceptional it would turn out to be. On first listen it was like I was hearing music for the first time. I took the amp for an extensive test drive, listening to Diana Krall "Live In Paris" Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" and Miles Davis. It was like hearing them all brand new for the first time. A rich tonal "depth" to the music which didn't exist before hand. The amazing thing is that I didn't upgrade from a cheap system, I upgraded from an Anthem 225 Integrated Amp. The difference is like night and day. My only regret is that I waited so long to buy The McIntosh. Better late than never.
Pros: Ease of set up and use. Easy to follow instruction manual. Nice clean look. Exceptional sound throughout the spectrum.
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I bought the M5300 from Crutchfield, excellent service and delivery as usual. 5 K is no slouch for a piece of gear you may think. You work hard for your money. I know I do, every hour of everyday. Is it too bad to indulge yourself? Not on a trip, or a meal at a fancy restaurant, etc. All of those will fade, but this baby will reward you every time you turn it on, and remind you of why you do work so hard. This integrated amplifier reproduces an amazing, sound, so clear, strong and detailed at any level. I have used all the inputs and they all shine. The internal DACs are amazing, and can be upgraded down the road. The sound is best described as detailed, clear, musical, engaging, strong, and effortless. The music is reproduced with amazing clarity, imaging and sound stage. It is driving a pair of Klipsch Cornwall's III, and let me tell you: This Integrated Amp grabs your speakers and takes control of them like I have never seen before. Even better then the tube amplifier (McIntosh MC275 MK VI) I used prior to this one. I am extremely pleased with my purchase. Yes you do pay a lot, but this one is a keeper for life. If you are on the fence debating if you need spend, or not, that amount of cash,... Save your penny, get the best, don't settle for anything less. The rewarding sound is worth it and then some. This amp puts a smile on face, every time I turn it on, ...priceless. Get it, you will th
Pros: Amazing clarity, power, and details. Amazing DAC, multiple inputs, very versatile. Blue eyes,....dancing needles.
Cons: Waited so long to get it.
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These handmade American amps are pricey but well worth the investment. The solid, well-built quality is apparent from the moment you unbox the unit. It sure does look pretty, all aglow on the shelf, but it sounds even better than it looks. I wanted an integrated that could do it all, rather than go the path of separates and this does not disappoint. All manner of unbalanced, balanced and digital inputs allow it to be the hub of your stereo HiFi setup. I've got several players connected and the MA5300 takes what they give it and turns it into McIntosh ear candy. I've even hooked up my MacBook Air over USB and streamed Tidal which was simple since MacOS recognized the DAC without need for further setup.
Pros: Solid construction Clean, classic McIntosh looks Lots of inputs USB in DAC opens up lots of streaming options
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Probably overkill but a really solid integrated amp. Fun to use and look at with a build that should last forever. Hooked up to a bluesound node and Sonus Faber Venere 2.0 speakers. Haven't used the phono input yet but expect good results. Very heavy and large so consider that.
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This is so cool! I bought it 'cuz of a lot of nostalgia for the old days, old tube-type hi-fi's, etc. The look is unmistakable, and the power meters fulfill my needs of being a kid again with the best stereo around. I didn't expect to be able to hear much difference in just amplifiers, but I can. Along with a new CD player, the imaging and presence is surprising, I never knew my old speakers could sound this good! And my vinyl collection now sounds incredible. While I might say the cost is not justifiable, the satisfaction is wonderful. I would certainly do this again!
Pros: Fantastic looks, built like a tank, hearable difference.
Cons: Very expensive.
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