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McIntosh MA9500 and MA8950

McIntosh MA9500 and MA8950

McIntosh launches upgraded versions of two award-winning integrated amps

McIntosh is proud to unveil its MA9500 and MA8950 integrated amplifiers, which replace the award-winning MA9000 and MA8900. They add performance enhancements to these already outstanding products.

McIntosh MA9500 and MA8950

Both amps now boast over 50% more dynamic headroom thanks to a doubling in filter capacity. This increase in dynamic headroom will give both new models greater ability to reproduce musical peaks with even less distortion. The increased filter capacity will also help deliver more amazing bass playback, low end performance, and overall bass control.

The MA9500 and MA8950 come with the McIntosh DA2 Digital Audio Module factory installed instead of the DA1 module that came in the MA9000 and MA8900. The DA2 features an audiophile-grade, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). Compared to the DA1, it has improvements in both dynamic range and total harmonic distortion. It includes all the same digital inputs found on the DA1 (2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB, 1 proprietary MCT input). Additionally, plus adds an audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection. The DA2 also features increased DSD playback support of up to DSD512 via the USB input compared to DSD256 support on the previous models.

Upgraded power supply components further reduce noise emissions while also adding more robustness under the most demanding conditions. Both the MA9500 and MA8950 continue to use powerful control microprocessors for smooth and reliable system operation. Naturally, both come with some of the latest state-of-the-art audio-grade circuit components to produce the best sound possible.

MA9500 Integrated Amplifier

McIntosh MA9500 and MA8950

Music simply comes to life with the MA9500 through its 300 Watts per channel of clean, effortless power. It features 10 analog inputs: 2 balanced, 6 unbalanced, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono input. Both phono inputs offer adjustable loading. It also includes a balanced and unbalanced output that can send the audio signal to another power amplifier. McIntosh’s innovative Solid Cinch speaker binding posts will easily but securely attach speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose; the binding posts are gold-plated to prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal transfer to the speakers. The MA9500 includes a discrete, eight-band tone control. It allows for advanced manual analog adjustment of ±12dB in 2dB increments at frequencies of 25Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, and 10kHz.

MA8950 Integrated Amplifier

The MA8950 offers 200 Watts per channel. It combines McIntosh’s amplification expertise and preamplifier technologies into one comprehensive stereo sound system component. It comes with 9 analog inputs: 1 balanced, 6 unbalanced, 1 Moving Coil (with adjustable loading), and 1 Moving Magnet phono input. Additionally, an unbalanced fixed output and an unbalanced variable output along with a discrete, five-band tone control allow for advanced manual analog adjustment of ±12dB in 2dB increments at frequencies of 30Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 2kHz, and 10kHz.

McIntosh MA9500 and MA8950

Shared Features of the MA9500 and MA8950

  • A pair of the McIntosh Autoformer guarantees the speakers will always receive the full power regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance thanks to its unique design.
  • McIntosh’s Power Guard technology that continuously monitors input and output signals and can dynamically adjust input levels to ensure maximum output while avoiding harsh sounding distortion and clipping that could damage the speakers.
  • Fuse-less short-circuit protection technology Sentry Monitor that disengages the output stage before the current can exceed safe operating levels, and resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal.
  • McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks using high quality materials with excellent thermal conductivity and heat dissipation properties.
  • Home Theater PassThru that allows for seamless integration into a home theater system.
  • High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) which can bring an added dimension to headphone listening.
  • Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown.
  • The DA2 has received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.
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Pricing and Availability

Orders for the MA9500 and MA8950 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers. Shipping of both is expected to begin in February 2022 to the United States and Canada, and to the rest of the world shortly thereafter. Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded):
MA9500: $12,000 USD
MA8950: $9,000 USD


The stated retail price of the reviewed device is valid as of the time of the review and is subject to change.