McIntosh launches new MA5300 Integrated Amplifier

Mighty, and mini.

Hot off their introduction of the MA7200 integrated amplifier, McIntosh Labs is ready to to have a coming-out party for it’s little brother: The MA5300 integrated amplifier. Instead of the MA7200’s 200-watts/Channel, the diminutive direct-coupled MA5300 sports 100-watts/channel, with a smaller chassis, but still featuring many of the advanced technologies of it’s bigger sibling (Eight-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter used in Quad Balanced mode and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz). With a mix of 12 (that’s right 12) digital, and analog inputs, the MA5300 seems to be another one-box solution from the people in Binghampton, New York who made giant separates a staple for audiophiles everywhere.

–Rafe Arnott

Press Release Below:

Binghamton, NY – October 11, 2017 McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA5300 Integrated Amplifier.

The MA5300 Integrated Amplifier is proof that big sound can come in small packages. It is our smallest solid-state integrated amplifier in terms of both power output and physical size, making it an ideal choice for smaller spaces or for someone just beginning to assemble a home audio system. It’s a direct-coupled amplifier that delivers 100 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm speakers or 160 Watts per channel into 4 Ohm speakers. New dual-scale blue Watt meters give an accurate readout of power output for both four and eight Ohm impedances.

The MA5300’s complement of 12 inputs includes six analog inputs (four unbalanced, one balanced and one Moving Magnet) and six digital inputs (two each coaxial and optical, one USB and one proprietary MCT for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports). All digital inputs are housed in our DA1 Digital Audio Module which can be replaced by future modules as new digital audio technologies are developed. The DA1 comes with an eight-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for high resolution audio playback. All inputs can be given user-friendly names to simplify system control and configuration.

Included on the MA5300 are our McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which are connected to advanced high current output transistors that eliminate warm-up time so the MA5300’s complete sonic capabilities can be enjoyed from the moment it’s turned on. Powerful new control microprocessors have been used to improve overall system operation, along with some of the latest audio-grade circuit components to deliver the best possible sound. Bass and treble tone controls have been added to help further fine tune the music to the listener’s personal preferences.

Rounding out the MA5300 are time tested McIntosh technologies including Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor™, Home Theater PassThru, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®), and gold-plated speaker binding posts. The classic McIntosh aesthetic of blue Watt meters, a black glass front panel with aluminum end caps, control knobs and illuminated logo complete the MA5300.

Pricing and Availability
Orders for the MA5300 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in October.

Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $5,000 USD.

About McIntosh
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol of quality audio. Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the infamous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music. Visit to learn more.

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  1. I do not care for the looks of this integrated. The knobs are spread to wide should have been centered under the meters, plus the knobs are not attractive. The meters are about the only thing I find attractive. It’s overpriced too boot. Just my opinion!

  2. It appears a clever (physical) design -a pre-amp section below the stacked (on-top) power amp section.

    Five-G’s for a tone-controlled Int. ! Hmmm.


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