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McIntosh MHP1000

Closed-back over-ear headphones

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Overview

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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Features and Specs

General
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

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Features

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.

Specifications:

  • 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 ]
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