The McIntosh MHA200: I Only Have Eyes For You

If I was serious headphone listener, I would have a seriously hard time ignoring the new McIntosh MHA200 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier.

Why? I’ll tell you why:

The 12AT7 vacuum tubes amplify the incoming audio signal while the 12BH7A tubes provide the power to drive the output to your headphones

That’s why.

The McIntosh MHA200 will start shipping to US customers in March for a suggested retail price of $2500.


Headphone Power Output: 500mW
Headphone Output Impedance

32-100 Ohms
100-250 Ohms
250-600 Ohms
600-1,000 Ohms

Electronic Specifications

Rated Power Band: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.5%
Intermodulation Distortion: 0.04% | Typical 0.4% Maximum
Dynamic Headroom: 1.5dB
Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Sensitivity (Unbalanced): 1.0 Vrms
Sensitivity (Balanced): 2.0 Vrms
Maximum Input Signal (Unbalanced): 8V
Maximum Input Signal (Balanced): 16V
Signal To Noise Ratio: 94dB Unbalanced
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 20K/10K
Damping Factor: >150
Voltage Gain

12dB at 32 Ohms
17dB at 100 Ohms
21dB at 250 Ohms
25dB at 600 Ohms


Headphone Output: One pair of 3-pin balanced XLR connectors for dedicated Left and Right balanced output; One 4-pin balanced XLR connector for balanced stereo output; One 1/4″ stereo headphone jack
Balanced Input: 1
Unbalanced Input: 1

General Specifications

Output Meters: No (rats!)
Power Requirement: 120V 50/60Hz, 1.5A
Standby Power Requirement: <0.5 Watts
Output Type: Unity Coupled Output Transformer

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D): 6-1/8″ (15.6cm) x 5-3/4″ (14.6cm) x 9-1/8″ (23.2cm)
Weight: 10.5 lbs (4.8 kg)
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs (5.5 kg)

Company Website: McIntosh Labs