New McIntosh - MHA200 Tube Headphone Amplifier

New McIntosh - MHA200 Tube Headphone Amplifier
originally posted 
by: Adrian Low
February 6, 2021

Treat Your Headphones to McIntosh Vacuum Tube Amplification



Compact footprint: just 6-1/8" (15.6cm) x 9-1/8" (23.2cm)

4 selectable headphone impedance ranges

Balanced and unbalanced analog inputs

Balanced stereo or dedicated Balanced Left & Right outputs

The McIntosh MHA200 Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier is designed for discerning headphone enthusiasts who demand the most from their headphones. Its versatile set of connectivity options, including balanced inputs and outputs, allows for nearly all headphone types to be connected to enjoy an extraordinary personal listening experience.


A pair of 12AT7 and 12BH7A dual triode vacuum tubes power the compact MHA200. The 12AT7 vacuum tubes amplify the incoming audio signal while the 12BH7A tubes provide the power to drive the output to your headphones with low distortion. The MHA200 uses a pair of our Unity Coupled Circuit output transformers to deliver pristine audio to your ears.


A wide assortment of connectivity options come on the MHA200. For attaching your headphones, there are 3 options: a pair of 3-pin balanced XLR connectors for dedicated Left and Right balanced output; a 4-pin balanced XLR connector for balanced stereo output; and a 1/4" stereo headphone jack. For connecting the MHA200 to your home music system's source components, it has 1 set each of both balanced and unbalanced inputs.


The MHA200 takes advantage of unique McIntosh technologies to create the best possible personal listening experience. The Unity Coupled Circuit transformers have been adapted to produce 4 headphone impedance ranges of 32 – 100, 100 – 250, 250 – 600, and 600 – 1,000 Ohms at 500mW so that virtually every headphone can receive legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance.


We custom designed and manufactured the output transformers to match the tube amplifier section to the headphone output section in order to ensure maximum power transfer for various headphone loads. Instead of having to adapt to the impedance of the headphones with voltage gain in the input stage, the Unity Coupled Circuit output transformers' secondary windings ensure the full power of the MHA200 is available regardless of the impedance of your headphones.


The MSRP of the MHA200 is $2,500 USD. It can now be ordered at your local authorized dealer with shipping expected to begin to the United States and Canada in March 2021, and to the rest of the world shortly thereafter.

Visit the McIntosh website or contact your dealer to learn more about the new MHA200. 

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