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Georgia Home Theater Product Review: McIntosh MA252

McIntosh’s First Hybrid Integrated Amplifier Will Boost Your Home Audio System

Georgia Home Theater Product Review: McIntosh MA252

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Vacuum tube vs. solid state amplification is one of the biggest debates for music enthusiasts, and people usually fall into one of the two camps. 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.

This high-demand piece of technology has been back ordered for a long time, but we at Georgia Home Theater have the item in stock at both of our Atlanta-area showrooms. In our opinion, it's shaping up to be an iconic piece of gear within the McIntosh suite of luxury high-end audio products.

Read on to learn more about why a McIntosh MA252 is the perfect addition to the home audio system in your Alpharetta-area house.

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Clarity Meets Power

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.

This amplifier highlights the craft and passion that goes into the songwriting, orchestration, and performance of the music you listen to, and it’s easy to get swept away in the aural sensation. 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.

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Elegant, Reliable Equipment

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 quality and increase the longevity of the machine.

The die-hard aluminum casing makes the MA252 a sleek, durable piece of equipment, and the internal components are optimized to get the best performance from your home audio system.

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.

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 Marietta or Buckhead showrooms today to experience the MA252 for yourself.


Georgia Home Theater is the expert when it comes to audio installations in Alpharetta and the greater Metro Atlanta area; you can reach out to one of our specialists at 770-955-8909 or by chatting live with us below.