McIntosh MHA200


Versatile set of connectivity options, including balanced inputs and outputs, allows for nearly all headphone types to be connected to enjoy an extraordinary personal listening experience

McIntosh MHA200

Treat Your Headphones to McIntosh Vacuum Tube Amplification

The McIntosh MHA200 Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier is designed for discerning headphone enthusiasts who demand the most from their headphones.

Its versatile set of connectivity options, including balanced inputs and outputs, allows for nearly all headphone types to be connected to enjoy an extraordinary personal listening experience.

A pair of 12AT7 and 12BH7A dual triode vacuum tubes power the compact MHA200.

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

The McIntosh MHA200 uses a pair of our Unity Coupled Circuit output transformers to deliver pristine audio to your ears.

Their Unity Coupled Circuit is the same technology McIntosh was founded on in 1949 and is still used in their vaunted full-size home audio vacuum tube amplifiers such as the timeless MC275 and the more recent MC1502.

Indeed, the MHA200 shares many physical design traits with the aforementioned vacuum tube amplifiers.

A wide assortment of connectivity options come on the MHA200.

For attaching your headphones, there are 3 options: a pair of 3-pin balanced XLR connectors for dedicated Left and Right balanced output; a 4-pin balanced XLR connector for balanced stereo output; and a 1/4″ stereo headphone jack.

For connecting the MHA200 to your home music system’s source components, it has 1 set each of both balanced and unbalanced inputs.

Thanks to the MHA200’s small size of just 6-1/8″ (15.6cm) wide x 9-1/8″ (23.2cm) deep and its balanced inputs, it can be placed close to your listening position for ease use, with long balanced audio cables connecting it to your audio system without fear of signal loss.

The MHA200 takes advantage of unique McIntosh technologies to create the best possible personal listening experience.

The Unity Coupled Circuit transformers have been adapted to produce 4 headphone impedance ranges of 32 – 100, 100 – 250, 250 – 600, and 600 – 1,000 Ohms at 500mW so that virtually every headphone can receive legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance.

They custom designed and manufactured the output transformers to match the tube amplifier section to the headphone output section in order to ensure maximum power transfer for various headphone loads.

Instead of having to adapt to the impedance of the headphones with voltage gain in the input stage, the Unity Coupled Circuit output transformers’ secondary windings ensure the full power of the MHA200 is available regardless of the impedance of your headphones.

A custom, high-performance, and highly efficient toroidal power transformer with low mechanical hum and a low magnetic field, which helps reduce electrical noise, provides clean power to the amplifier.

You can select the best impedance range for your headphones via the LOAD knob.

The VOLUME knob allows the MHA200 to be connected directly to music sources that only have a fixed volume output without needing a preamplifier for volume control.

Conversely, if you’re using a component with variable volume output, then the VOLUME knob should be set to the center Unity Gain point and the volume controlled by the variable output component.

The MHA200 features a custom formed stainless steel chassis with a polished mirror finish that will accentuate the glow of the vacuum tubes, making it a statement piece to display in your home and to use with pride.

A vintage die cast aluminum McIntosh name badge adorns the side of the MHA200.

A Power Control input and output allows the MHA200 to turn on and off with other connected McIntosh components, such as preamplifiers, CD players, turntables, or media steamers.

A protective vacuum tube cover is included.

McIntosh MHA200 Specifications

McIntosh MHA200 Specifications

Headphone Output Specifications

  • Headphone Power Output


  • Headphone Output Impedance

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

Electronic Specifications

  • Power Output per Channel


  • Speaker Impedance


  • Rated Power Band

20Hz to 20kHz

  • Total Harmonic Distortion


  • Intermodulation Distortion

0.04% Typical
0.4% Maximum

  • Dynamic Headroom


  • Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz

  • Sensitivity (Unbalanced)

1.0 Vrms

  • Sensitivity (Balanced)

2.0 Vrms

  • Maximum Input Signal (Unbalanced)


  • Maximum Input Signal (Balanced)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio


  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)


  • Damping Factor


  • Preamplifier Output


  • Preamplifier Output Impedance


  • Voltage Gain

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

  • Power Guard



  • 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


  • Unbalanced Input


  • Digital AES/EBU Input


  • Digital Coaxial Input


  • Digital Optical Input


  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input


  • Digital USB Input


  • Preamplifier Output


Digital Audio Specifications

  • Digital AES/EDU Input Sample Rate


  • Digital Coaxial Input Sample Rate


  • Digital Optical Input Sample Rate


  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input Sample Rate


  • Digital USB Input Sample Rate



  • Tone Controls


  • Power Control Input


  • Power Control Output


General Specifications

  • Output Meters


  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State

Vacuum Tube

  • Power Requirement

120V 50/60Hz, 1.5A

  • Standby Power Requirement

<0.5 Watts

  • Output Type

Unity Coupled Output Transformer

Weights & Dimensions

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)

6-1/8″ (15.6cm) x 5-3/4″ (14.6cm) x 9-1/8″ (23.2cm)

  • Unit Weight

10.5 lbs (4.8 kg)

  • Shipping Weight

12 lbs (5.5 kg)

McIntosh MHA200 Side



McIntosh Heritage Founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh and Gordon Gow McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Their iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognised as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music. McIntosh products are designed and handcrafted at their Binghamton, NY factory by their dedicated employees who share a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. Since their inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead "Wall of Sound," McIntosh has not only witnessed history, they have shaped it.
Sound is not just a product of what they create; it is the core of their being. Their dedication to its engineering goes beyond performance. It flows through every element of their company and drives our unwavering commitment to sound excellence. Embedded in every aspect of our craftmanship, it is the heartbeat that resonates within our products, connecting music lovers to the soul-stirring power of sound.

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