McIntosh has released a new hybrid integrated amplifier, the MA352, which has a valve preamplifier stage and a solid-state output stage.

The McIntosh MA352’s preamp stage uses a pair of 12AX7A and a pair of 12AT7 valves. Its direct-coupled transistor output stage is rated at 200-watts per channel into 8Ω and 320-watts per channel into 4Ω. ‘The new MA352 is far more powerful than the MA252, so it has more than enough power to properly drive virtually any set of loudspeakers,’ says Philip Sawyer, of Synergy AV, which distributes McIntosh in Australia. ‘And being a hybrid design it combines the finest of vacuum tube and solid state audio design principles. The result is an eye-catching amplifier that combines the best of both of these two opposing audio philosophies so it can reproduce music at the highest quality level.’

The MA352 has two balanced and three unbalanced line level inputs plus a moving-magnet phono input with adjustable loading. It includes several McIntosh registered and trade-marked circuits, including ‘Power Guard’, ‘Sentry Monitor’, and a ‘High Drive’ headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director. It also has a five-band tone control (each band adjustable by ±12dB).

To ensure McIntosh’s ‘classic’ look, the new MA352 has McIntosh’s famous blue ‘watt meters’, mirror-finish stainless steel chassis, illuminated logo, and black glass front panel with LED backlighting.

Available now the McIntosh MA352 retails for $12,995 (RRP).

For more information, please contact Synergy AV