Integrated Stereo Amplifier: The McIntosh MA5300 integrated
stereo amplifier delivers 100 watts per channel into 8Ω and 160 watts per
channel into 4Ω. Dual scale blue watt meters on the front-panel give an accurate readout of
power output for both 8Ω and 4Ω impedances. Its flexible preamplifier section
provides connection for various analog & digital input sources, and may also be
use drive an external power amplifier. The MA5300's audio reproduction is
sonically transparent and absolutely accurate.
Note: The MA5300, together with an additional separate power amplifier
(sold separately), may be used to bi-amplify a loudspeaker system.
Exclusive McIntosh Power Assurance System: The McIntosh
MA5300 employs a collection of technologies that enhance performance and
reliability while protecting the integrated amplifier and loudspeakers.
- Power Guard Circuit: Power Guard is waveform comparison
circuit continuously monitors both input and output signals. Power Guard
dynamically adjusts the input level to avoid clipping while preventing harsh
sounding distortion. The integrated amp's front-panel LED indicator will
flash when Power Guard is activated.
- Sentry Monitor Technology: McIntosh Sentry Monitor
power output stage protection circuits ensure the MAC6700 will have a long
and trouble-free operating life. Sentry Monitor is a fuse-less short-circuit
protection circuit that disengages the output stage before current exceeds
safe operating level; resets automatically.
- Thermal Protection: Built-in thermal protection
circuits guard against overheating. If the integrated amp overheats due to
improper ventilation and/or high ambient operating temperature, AC Power is
removed from the MA5300. Normal operation will resume when the operating
temperature is in a safe range again.
Classic McIntosh Design & Specially Designed Power Supply:
The MA5300 integrated amp incorporates classic McIntosh design cues, including
a black glass front-panel, rotary knobs, illuminated logo, and brushed aluminum
end-caps. The famous McIntosh illuminated glass front-panel using long life
light emitting diodes (LEDs) ensures the pristine beauty of the MA5300 will be
retained for many years. The illuminated power output meters are peak
responding, and indicate the power output of the amplifier. The large power
transformer, multiple filter capacitors with 60 Joules of energy storage and
regulated power supply ensure stable noise free operation.
DA1 Digital Audio Module: All of the MA5300's digital
inputs are contained on McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module. At the heart of the
DA1 is a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in
Quad Balanced mode. PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz can be played via the USB
input, allowing for playback of high resolution audio up to DSD256 and DXD
384kHz levels. The coax and optical inputs support up to 24-bit/192kHz files,
while a proprietary MCT input is designed specifically for McIntosh's MCT450
SACD/CD transport (sold separately).
- Asynchronous USB-B Input: The McIntosh MA5300 features
an asynchronous USB-B input for playing back music files from your Windows
PC or Mac computer. Asynchronous technology allows the digital clock inside
the MA5300's DAC to control the flow of data coming from your computer.
This method of communication leads to less jitter (timing errors) for the
MA5300 to deal with which results in clearer more defined sound. The USB
input accepts 2ch stereo PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64,
DSD128 and DSD256 along with DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. Compatible with
Windows 7 and newer (requires installation of McIntosh's USB Audio Window
Driver), as well a Mac OSX 10.6.8 and newer (does not require the
installation of an additional USB audio driver).
- Optical & Coaxial Inputs: The McIntosh MA5300 system
offers two optical (toslink) digital input and two coaxial (RCA) digital
input. The digital inputs will decode 2ch stereo PCM music files at up to
24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback (not compatible with Dolby
- MCT Input: McIntosh's exclusive MCT input offers a
secure DSD connection to enjoy the high definition audio on SACDs when
paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport (958MCT450,
sold separately). The MCT Input supports CD (44.1kHz/16-bit) and SACD
Note: The DA1 Digital Audio Module can be replaced by
future modules to easily keep the MA5300 up to date with the latest digital
Analog Inputs: The McIntosh MA5300 integrated amp is outfitted with
balanced (XLR), unbalanced (RCA), & phono (MM) analog inputs.
- Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Inputs: The MA5300
integrated amp is equipped with one balanced stereo XLR input and four
unbalanced stereo RCA inputs.
Balanced connections guard against induced noise and allow long cable runs
without compromising sound quality.
- MM Phono Input: The MA5300 integrated amplifier is
fitted with a Phono MM (Moving Magnet) input for connecting a turntable with
a moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge.
Electromagnetic Input Switching w/ Naming: Electromagnetic
input switching is used in McIntosh MA5300 integrated amp to switch the variety
of source components connected. Rather than the commonly-used mechanical
switches that will deteriorate with wear, electromagnetic switches are high tech
switching nodes that allow very long, trouble-free operation. The default Input
Names can be changed to match the name of the component connected to it or any
other custom name desired (up to 10 characters).
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: McIntosh Patented
gold-plated, binding-post speaker terminals deliver high current output. They
accept large diameter wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), and spade
Pre-Out & Pass Through: When the MA5300 integrated amp is
part of a home theater or multichannel audio system, the Right and Left Front
channels from an AV processor or surround decoder can pass through the MA5300's "Power Amp Input" and onto its associated power amplifier. The MA5300's "Preamp
Outputs" allow you to use a separate power amplifier, instead of the MA5300's
Headphone Amp with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD): For
those times when you want to enjoy your music even more intimately, the MA5300
includes a dedicated headphone amplifier that takes advantage of unique McIntosh
technologies to yield the best possible personal listening experience. On the
front-panel of the MA5300 is a 1/4" headphone jack (supports headphone
impedances of 100-600Ω). The connected
loudspeakers automatically switched off when headphones are connected. The
headphone amp also features McIntosh's new Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) to
allow high quality recordings to image like conventional speakers in your
Front-Panel & Remote Control: On the front-panel of the
McIntosh MA5300 are Input & Volume rotary knobs, as well as a Standby/On button.
The MA5300 also includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the
integrated amp. In addition, the remote operates other McIntosh audio source
components. The IR remote offers the following button functions - Power On/Off,
Input Selection, Volume Up/Down, Setup/Menu, Numeric Keypad, and Playback
- Precision Volume Control: Volume levels are controlled
by a precision balanced digitally controlled attenuator system with an
optical encoder rotary control. This assures a 0.1dB tracking accuracy
between channels. There are 225 individual 0.5dB volume level steps with no
noise as the volume level is changed.
- Balance Left/Right: You are also able to balance the
output level of the integrated amp's left & right output channels.
- Stereo/Mono Mode: By default the Stereo mode is active
for all input sources. However, any input source may be assigned to Mono
mode. Mono mode combines the Left and Right channel input signals for
- Source Level: Each audio source input can be matched in
level, preventing abrupt changes in volume levels.
Front-Panel Display + Illuminated Power Meters: The
integrated amplifier's front-panel display indicates source selection, volume
levels, and setup functions. The Illuminated power output watt meters on the
MA5300 are peak responding, and indicate the power output of the integrated
amplifier at 8Ω and 4Ω impedances.
Custom Integration: The McIntosh MA5300 offers advanced
connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration
using premium control systems.
- Power Control Connectors: The MA5300 has the ability
to automatically switch power on or off to source components via the Power
Control connections. The MA5300's "Main", "Trigger 1/2", and "PASSTHRU"
Output Jacks (3.5mm) send power on/off signals (+12 volt/0volt) when
connected to other McIntosh source components. The Power Control outputs can
be assigned to activate when a given input or output is selected.
- Data Ports: The MA5300's four Data Out Ports (3.5mm)
send remote control signals to McIntosh source components. These Data Port
connections allow for the remote operation of basic functions using the
MA5300's Remote Control.
- IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input allows the connection of
an external IR receiver. With an external sensor connected to the MA5300,
remote control operation of the system is possible from another room and/or
when the MA5300 is located in a cabinet with the doors closed. The signal
from a connected external IR receiver will have priority over the signal
from the amp's front-panel IR sensor.
- RS-232C Port: The integrated amp's RS-232C port
requires a 3.5mm stereo minijack to a subminiature DB 9 connector cable
(sold separately) to transmit and receive RS-232 commands.
Detachable AC Power Cord + Auto Power Off: The McIntosh
MA5300 integrated amp features a detachable AC power cord with 3-pole IEC
connector. The MA5300 incorporates an Auto Off feature, which automatically
places the integrated amplifier into the Power Saving Standby/Off Mode after
approximately 30 minutes of inactivity or no audio signal.
Mounting Options: The McIntosh MA5300 can be placed upright
on a table or shelf, standing on its four feet. It also can be custom installed
in a piece of furniture or cabinet of your choice. The four feet may be removed
from the bottom of the MA5300 when it is custom installed. Always provide
adequate ventilation for your MA5300. Allow at least 2" above the top, 2" below
the bottom, and 2" on each side of the integrated amp, so that airflow is not