Fall Product Review: McIntosh’s MA252 Hybrid Integrated Amplifer is Going to Blow You Away

We know McInstosh products are some of the best in the industry. But we never expected this. The McIntosh MA252 is an iconic addition to the brand’s suite of high-end audio products. McIntosh’s first hybrid integrated amplifier is a must-have for any home audio system.

One of the biggest debates among music enthusiasts is Vacuum tube vs. Solid State Amplification, leaving them to fall into one of two categories. But pitting these amplification technologies against each other is unnecessarily restrictive, and McIntosh has realized the potential of a system that merges the two with the McIntosh MA252, the company’s first hybrid integrated amplifier. And SCS Home Entertainment has it just for you.

When Clarity Meets Power, it’s Music to Your Ears

The MA252 combines a vacuum tube preamplifier with a solid-state power amplifier, giving you the texture and dimension of a vacuum tube with the smooth clarity of solid-state equipment. You’ll hear every instrument in a recording, revealing new complexities of your favorite songs you never knew existed!

Want to get swept away by your favorite artist? This amplifier highlights the craft and passion that goes into the songwriting, orchestration, and performance of the music you listen to. You’ll hear how a stick slams down on a drum. How a string glides across a bow. How a singer shapes their voice and their breath.

The MA252 is ideal for a listening room, with a variety of inputs to connect each component of your home audio system. It also pairs well with bookshelf speakers, bringing a fuller sound to your home office, library, or study. Our team of sight and sound specialists at SCS can work with you to determine what components will work best in your space, creating the optimal listening experience.

Elegant and Reliable

With a retro design inspired by the classic McIntosh MC275, the MA252 embraces the best elements of the past while incorporating modern technology to enrich the sound while integrating with your space.

The MA252 is a sleek, durable piece of equipment encased in a die-hard aluminum casing, designed to increase the longevity of the machine while the internal components are optimized to get the best performance from your home audio system. Just the way we believe it should be.

We know that when you’re ready to listen to your favorite tunes, waiting for your system to warm up should never happen. Your amplifier should be ready when you turn it on, and the MA252’s combination of high-current output transistors and temperature-regulating Heatsinks eliminates the majority of warm-up time. Power Guard technology monitors output signals and adjusts in real time to prevent speaker overdrive, ensuring that your home audio system lasts longer.

McIntosh products are built to last, and you can still find McIntosh amplifiers from the ‘50s and ’60s that function today. That is just one of the many reasons why SCS stands behind these products!

The McIntosh MA252 tends to sell very quickly, so don’t hesitate if you want to experience how this technology will transform your home audio system. Schedule your appointment at our South Campbell showroom today to experience the MA252 for yourself.