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McIntosh MHP1000

Closed-back over-ear headphones

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Our take on the McIntosh MHP1000

As a fan of smooth, powerful sound, I can't dream up a much sweeter way to spend leisure time than listening to a full McIntosh sound system. But as a parent, I only catch a break during nap time — not the ideal time to pump Hendrix through the house. The McIntosh MHP1000 headphones let you enjoy the company's legendary performance, even when you can't crank the stereo. Or whenever you just feel like decompressing with a really nice set of over-ears.

McIntosh's debut headphones

McIntosh MHP1000 closed back headphones

McIntosh MHP1000 closed-back over-ear headphones deliver the company's rich, wide-open sound.

As a fan of smooth, powerful sound, I can't dream up a much sweeter way to spend leisure time than listening to a full McIntosh sound system. But as a parent, I only catch a break during nap time — not the ideal time to pump Hendrix through the house. The McIntosh MHP1000 headphones let you enjoy the company's legendary performance, even when you can't crank the stereo. Or whenever you just feel like decompressing with a really nice set of over-ears.

McIntosh designed and tuned the MHP1000 headphones to emulate the sound of their loudspeakers. They also made sure these luxury 'phones excel when connected to the outputs found on all McIntosh legacy gear. They pair up particularly well with the MHA150 headphone amp, and even the earcups themselves resemble the famous McIntosh dials.

Special driver design for clarity and spaciousness

To get the clean, detailed sound they were looking for, McIntosh started with Tesla technology, a super-strong magnet design developed by high-end headphone maker Beyerdynamic. McIntosh combines Tesla magnet technology with their own six-layer voice coil and 40mm diaphragm to create a driver that can start and stop with nimble efficiency.

The drivers are housed in an extra-large chamber and slightly angled, so sound waves hit your ear at just the right direction. This creates a soundstage that feels bigger than the headphones themselves. And the closed-back earcups keep external noise from seeping in while adding impact to the bass frequencies.

Fine materials for comfort and stability

McIntosh expects you'll like the sound so much, you'll want to wear them a while. That's why they've lined the oversized earcups and padded headband with invitingly soft leather. The MHP1000 'phones have a sturdy, yet relaxed fit that doesn't apply extra pressure in any one area.

McIntosh MHP1000 closed back over-ear headphones

An included aluminum stand makes for quite the unboxing experience.

Solid aluminum display stand and custom-designed cables

When you're not wearing the MHP1000s, you'll probably want to show these well-built headphones off. They arrive immaculately packaged along with a striking-looking aluminum stand you can use to display them. Below the stand, you'll find a drawer filled with two different-sized headphone cables. They both feature the McIntosh logo engraved on the gold-plated connectors. The shorter cable connects to a minijack, while the longer cable plugs into a full-size 1/4" headphone jack.

A world-famous audio heritage, made in America

Since its founding in 1949, McIntosh has defined the meaning of high-quality sound reproduction, while setting industry standards for superior performance and reliability. The company is based in Binghamton, New York, where its high-end components and speakers are still individually handcrafted by a team of skilled experts. This uncompromising dedication to quality has made McIntosh one of the most recognized and respected audio manufacturers in the world.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear design with adjustable padded headband
  • closed-back earcups help seal out external sounds
    • bass ports for reinforcing low frequencies
  • 40mm custom-designed drivers with Tesla magnet technology for clear, lifelike sound
  • large-chamber driver housings for a spacious soundstage
  • earcups styled after vintage McIntosh component knobs
  • sturdy, lightweight aluminum earcups and sliders
  • well-cushioned leather earpads for comfort
  • stitched-leather padded headband for flexible durability
  • two detachable custom-made cables
    • 39" detachable cable with gold-plated minijack
    • 118" cable with gold-plated full-size 1/4" jack
  • performance-matched to new and legacy McIntosh gear
  • solid aluminum display stand
  • frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 97 dB (1mW @ 500Hz)
  • impedance: 200 ohms
  • weight: 16 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones
  • 118" Straight audio cable with 1/4" (6.3mm) plug
  • 39" Straight audio cable with 3.5mm (1/8") plug
  • Headphone stand

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McIntosh MHP1000 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Function and Form: both outstanding!

TheraP from Madison, WI on 8/27/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These headphones are lovely to look at and a joy to use. In addition to wonderful sound, the design people at McIntosh have little touches which you only notice over time. Cables are the same aqua blue as the gauges on McIntosh audio equipment. Same aqua blue stitching in the leather that goes over your head. Nothing escapes their design team or the engineers! It's like having a work of art - that's also useful.

Pros: Everything about them.

Cons: Expensive - but worth every penny.

Great mids

Curtis from Midland, TX on 7/12/2018

Nice headphones, they sound great BUT... the Sennheiser 660s sound much better for 1/4 of the price, granted, they are open back compared to closed back. I've listened to multiple headphones back to back on the Mcintosh headphone amp and I have to say that the soundstage and imaging aren't as good compared to others half the price. They may be hand made and have a Mcintosh logo on them but if that's what you're into then these are just for you. If they were about half price I'd give them 4 stars.

Pros: Superb build quality, exclusivity, MCINTOSH

Cons: Overpriced, mediocre soundstage

Some of the Best Sounding Headphones

Brian from Detroit, MI on 1/7/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are outstanding headphones. I listen to all types of music and these headphones sound brilliant. One of the things that I look for is the vocal quality. I want to feel the "presence" of the music. I don't like it when the music drowns out the vocals. There's enough of a balance that the vocals shine. There is a caveat to these headphones, you cannot plug them into a cell phone and get great quality sound. These need an amplifier with high quality media. I received these as a gift and since I didn't have anything else to plug them into, I used my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Five minutes with this set up and I was ready to return them. But, I decided to spring for the MHA100, AQ cables, and a Tidal subscription. After messing with the settings, I was blown away by the sound. I've heard very good reference headphones and these are some of the best that I've heard. Some say they are Beyerdynamics re-branded and the price doubled, but this is not true. These sound remarkably better than the Beyers. I absolutely love how vocals sound front and center and the music doesn't get in the way. Base is crisp and controlled, not muddy at all. When you listen to rock music, it doesn't sound like muddy sound being thrown at you. You can hear individual elements of the music where they do not try to drown each other out. These headphones are just exceptional. --Tidal --Audioquest Carbon Coax/USB --McIntosh MHA100 Amplifier

Pros: -Sound quality is superb -Vocals sound great -Lightweight -Non-Fatiguing (Can listen for hours)

Cons: -Expensive -Need an amplifier

Another elite headphone, this time by an amplifier company?

Steve from Hickory, NC on 9/2/2017

I just have to throw my 2 cents on these headphones as there are so few good reviews out there. Most audiophiles are shunning these while pouring accolades on everything made by Audeze, Hifiman, Mrspeakers, Focal, STAX, and Sennheiser. I'm tired of statements like "McIntosh can only make good amps and you're only paying for the name." First I must admit these are quite good with clean open treble and nice bass response, the latter expected with closed cans. The open strikingly realistic treble was a nice surprise. I'm a long time headphone collector and these are among my favorite. They are Beyers on the outside but internally all re-done by McIntosh. If you love trying different headphone and have the money, these won't disappoint. They compare favorable to my current arsenal (HD800s, STAX 007s, Alpha Primes, HE560, crappy Grados,.... heck, that's enough!) The MPH1000s are smooth, non-fatiguing, great controlled bass, smooth detailed treble, crazy linearity. All around terrific headphones. Comparisons. Audeze are just too darn heavy and dark for me, sold my LCD3s in one week. The HD800s are too bright and have poor bass extension, the killer soundstage is dramatic at first listen. The Alpha Primes are superb but accentuate the bass a bit too much and lack the detail of the mac. He 560s are really nice, killer for the price. The STAX beat them all, hands down, not even close... but... you need a specialized amp and please don't wear them with wet h

Pros: One of the best closed-back headphones I've listened to. Superb linearity with both great bass and open, detailed highs.

Cons: Expensive, but it's a McIntosh so you can almost always sell it and get your money back, even 10 years later.

Sound engineering without flat monitors

jacoub from Bronx, NY on 6/14/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice headphone. If there was a reason for this headphone, I would say its for producing, mixing and mastering. The signature is very flat. I emailed a rep at McIntosh to see these earmuffs needed burn in. They replied no. I still gave a burn. Sounds almost the same after 3 days of burn in. The sub bass extended out a pinch more or became a pinch relaxed. Need to be producing/mixing to hear such a change. Overall, definitely feels broken in. They are almost similar to the HD800s, as they have a VERY FLAT response or an precise volume detection. Comparing both, the MHP1000 have a little colder sound or a more analytical sound. The ultimate headphone to EQ with. The HD800s have a pinch more warmth and have a individual sound scape incomparable to any headphone. For listening and mixing. A must have for engineers. The McIntosh might not be the best entertainment headphone, for that might not be its sole purpose. Hence the price is a bit expensive. I assume replicating a flat response is very complex and time consuming. Price needs to be paid for such tedious work. They are very comfortable and lightweight. The 2 cables are sturdy and the overall built is a high quality headphone. Comes with a stand and big box. Has a 200 ohm impedance. Sounded good straight through the computer with no amp. Sounds almost the same with an amp. I'm using a Chord Mojo. One of the best amps in the world. An amp is just a volume booster or for crappy headphones that need a frequency adjust. Peace.


Cons: Hope there isn't a headphone on the market that sounds the same at 1/8 the price.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 4" x 4"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-20k Hz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Impedance 200 Ohms
Weight 16 ounces
Cord Length 39" + 118"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research


Overview: The McIntosh MHP1000 over-ear headphones have the same signature sound as your McIntosh speakers. They have a closed design that keeps out ambient noise, so you can immerse yourself in your music without distraction. The MHP1000s come with two interchangeable audio cables, and a headphone stand.

Materials: The MHP1000 features soft premium leather ear pads and headband for maximum comfort. The headphones exert minimal pressure on your ears, allowing you to listen for hours without fatigue. The ear cups are attached to an aluminum yoke that can be adjusted on both sides (1.5" total adjustment range) for an optimum fit. Detents on both sides make sure you maintain the same fit each time you use the headphones.

Drivers: The headphones are equipped large 40mm (1.6") drivers that use patented Tesla Annular neodymium ring magnets. The larger magnet area produces more flux density in the voice coil gap to give you higher output with lower distortion.

Cables: The headphones are symmetrical in design, meaning there are no Left or Right channel markings on the headphones. The McIntosh Custom Connecting Cables feature left- and right-channel identification markings, as well as gold-plated connectors. The audio connection on each ear cup has a locking jack that ensures the cables won't accidentally disconnect during use. The specially-shielded cables reject noise for optimum sound quality. Two cables are include with the MHP1000s: a 118" (3 meter) cable with a 1/4" (6.3mm) plug, and a 39" (1 meter) cable with a 3.5mm (1/8") plug.


  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 20kHz
  • Impedance: 200 ohms (nominal)
  • Nominal Sensitivity: 97 dB (1 mW @ 500 Hz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.1% (1 mW @ 500 Hz)
  • Maximum SPL: 127 dB (300 mW @ 500 Hz)
  • Maximum Power Handling: 300 mW
  • Dimensions: Ear cup diameter 4", Depth 2.063"
  • Weight: 16 ounces (w/cables)

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Sound compatibly with my current McIntosh speakers and amplifiers. [ EDWIN D  Aug 28, 2018 ]
The finest Audiophile headphones available it was a simple choice. [ Karim  Oct 27, 2017 ]
The ultimate in Audiophile Headphones! [ J  Feb 06, 2017 ]