LIKE their namesake peers, McIntosh fans are a fiercely dedicated lot. If some of them – specifically, those fond of headphones – are rankled about any specific component not in the McIntosh line-up, well, there’s no reason for it any more. Complementing the USA heritage brand’s range are the new MHP1000 headphones, announced earlier this year and now shipping.
The company promises that the MHP1000 possesses sonic attributes similar to its speakers. So expect smooth, full-bodied and non-fatiguing music that envelops you and reveals new facets of the recording. Thanks to the closed-back design, external noise is cut off, allowing you a totally immersive experience.
The MHP1000’s driver is designed to work with any current or older McIntosh head amp, while the lightweight structure, with soft leather ear pads and headband, ensure comfort over long listening sessions.
McIntosh provides two cables – 1m with 3.5mm and 3m with 6.3mm stereo jacks, both featuring gold-plated connectors and shielded wiring. The MHP1000 incorporates Tesla Technology patented by Beyerdynamic.
There are also two new “downsized” power amps out, slim-line designs with six-inch tall chassis for an easier fit into shelves.
The MC152 stereo amp delivers 150 watts per channel into 2, 4 or 8 ohms, while the MC301 is a monoblock design with 300 watts on tap.
Both have balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs, use output autoformers (Quad Balanced in the MC301) and feature proprietary Power Guard circuitry to prevent clipping.
The black glass front panel, silver end caps and legendary blue meters top off the signature McIntosh look.
All products are shipping, so check with your distributor for pricing.