McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by Emerald Core, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. TSAVJason
    If I had a dollar for everytime I’ve heard that one it would have paid a down payment on one. :) cheers
     
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  2. dolstein
    As a dealer, I hope you'll pass on these comments to McIntosh. Perhaps they'll listen to you. I wish they had crowdsourced this decide. It would have generated a lot of attention and provided them with valuable feedback. I wonder whether anyone on the design team actually uses a portable USB DAC/headphone amp,

    As it is, I'm a bit torn. I've been a fan of McIntosh gear for some time, but it's generally been a long distance affair, since I've never been able to afford their products. Finally they come out with a product I can afford, but it's missing a few key features. I just purchased a set of AptX HD compatible headphones. If the MHA50 were AptX HD compatible, I'd probably buy it - even if it lacked MQA decoding, which is another feature that's sadly missing.
     
  3. TSAVJason
    As an engineer I can influence future products but unfortunately this one is done. However as a dealer I’m pleased you sent this. It reinforces what I’ve been telling them for the past 3 months. Thx :)
     
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  4. bbyer
    How did you showing of the McIntosh amp go at RMAF? I'm curious to hear the reactions but have yet to see anything online beyond press releases.
     
  5. TSAVJason
    I only showed the working piece to a few. We’ll see what they have to say when they post. I know Hifiinsider saw the non-working version but that doesn’t help much lol :)
     
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  6. bbyer
    In your opinion - Is it worth holding off on buying a Chord Mojo which seems to be on sale everywhere to see what mac has to offer?
     
  7. TSAVJason
    Hmmm so the McIntosh does things the Mojo doesn’t but the Mojo can be a more serious player if you’re thinking of adding the Poly to it. I love the McIntosh but maybe I’m leaning more toward the Mojo. The MHA50 is really cool from the size and clean output perspective. I’m out of the office and can’t remember but I think we have a good price on the Mojo too. Alan Lin formally of Questyle is our NEW Personal Audio Manager. Give him a shout and see if our price and policies can earn your trust and business. His name here is @TSAVAlan
     
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  8. doggiemom
    Has anyone received this yet? Looking forward to impressions. :) Also, does this require a camera kit for iPhone listening?
     
  9. TSAVJason
    It works great with my iPhone 7+
     
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  10. TSAVJason
    No consumer has one yet. They’ve been held back on shipping waiting one of the cables it scheduled to come with. It does not require the camera kit

    Cable kit is complete now we wait on Apple certification
     
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  11. doggiemom
    Hallelujah! I've spent $120 on camera kit adapters over the last year and a half and I am done with them! Thanks for the info, Jason. :ksc75smile:
     
  12. bbyer
    Any word on what’s happening with the release of the new McAmp?
     
  13. TSAVJason
    Yes! Unfortunately we are waiting on the slowest company on the planet Apple . They have not provided the certification that allows McIntosh to release the unit.
     
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  14. bbyer
    They are probably afraid of canabalizing the CCK cable market! Lol

    Mojo sounds great but I too have grown tired of the CCK working intermittently.

    Hopefully release happens before another cable/adapter purchase. I’m thinking when the McAmp is released it’s going to just work without the quirky Chord issues.
     
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  15. TSAVJason
    We have it here. I’ve not discovered any issues
     
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