We’re listening to music more now than ever. On average, Americans spent a little more than 32 hours per week listening to music in 2017 — up 5.5 hours from the year before, according to Nielsen. What drove the increase? Technology.

Our smartphones, laptops and tablets have made it easy to access our favorite tracks any time, anywhere. Maybe you streamed Pearl Jam in the car on your commute to work, let the Foo Fighters set your pace during your evening run (thanks to your Apple watch), or wound down from the day with Ed Sheeran on your performance audio system while cooking dinner.

On any given week, music listeners use an average of 3.4 devices. That number jumps to an average of 4.8 for those that pay for a streaming music service.

But with accessibility, we often sacrifice something equally important — sound quality. That is, until the MHA50 — McIntosh’s portable decoding amplifier— which allows you to carry hi-fi in your pocket.

Here are five features that make it worth buying now:

  1. Plays hi-res files to DXD384 – The McIntosh headphone amp boasts a high-performance, 32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It can decode music files from almost any digital source and supports 32-bit/192kHz hi-res audio; DSD64, DSD128, DXD352.8, and DXD384 files; and asynchronous USB audio. The resulting sound is much higher quality than your phone or computer alone could produce. It’s output via a gold-plated, 3.5-millimeter jack that connects the amp to your headphones.
  1. Direct USB connection to various devices — The MHA50 comes with three USB adapter cables, which can be connected to various devices, such as your iOS or Android phone or your Mac or Windows computer. Using Bluetooth® with aptX™ technology, you can also connect to these devices wirelessly, while still receiving the highest sound quality from your source device. You can even connect to a Bluetooth-enabled TV and listen using your favorite headphones.
  1. Sleek design —Since its founding in 1949, McIntosh has been known for its unique product design. The McIntosh headphone amp takes what the company does well — innovative, functional design — and makes it portable for the first time. Similar tofull-sized McIntosh components, the headphone amp’s front panel is glass, with the added technology of touch-sensitive controls. Compact and lightweight, the headphone amp is similar in size to your smartphone. The rest of the product is made mostly from extruded aluminum, which is known for its ability to help block external interference. Through two gain settings, the amp is compatible with any type of headphone, whether you prefersmall, in-ear buds or a closed-back, over-the-ear studio type of headphone. The options are endless.
  1. Long battery life —Built with a plentiful 3,000 mAh rechargeable battery, the McIntosh headphone amp can provide up to six hours of playback on a single charge when connected to a source device via Bluetooth. Want to listen longer? Consider using a wired connection.
  1. It includes everything you need — Does it ever drive you crazy that, when you buy a smartphone, it doesn’t come with a protective case? Naturally, you’re going to drop your phone at some point and you’d like for the screen to stay in one piece instead of shattering into 75 of them. The McIntosh headphone amp comes with all the necessities, including required cables — making it easy to connect to Apple or Android devices, or Mac and Windows PCs. Traveling abroad for business or pleasure? It even comes with a wall mount charger with a U.S. plug and adapter for Europe or Japan. And finally, it nestles snugly into its own lavish leather carrying case — also included. It’s like the “all-inclusive” resort of headphone amplifiers.


Want to hold hi-fi sound quality in the palm of your hand?

Visit either of our showrooms to feel and hear the difference — and bring high-quality sound to your listening experience on the go.