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For sale: McIntosh MA252 tube hybrid integrated amplifier

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My new amplifier will be with me shortly, so it's time to offer up my wonderful McIntosh MA252 tube hybrid integrated amplifier. It's just too tall for where it will go in my new home, plus I decided to upgrade my amplifier with the arrival of new 'speakers.

This is a UK authorised dealer supplied amplifier, bought ex display by me. It hasn't had that much use; I've had it for around 6 weeks or so. It comes from a smoke and pet free home. It is in very good condition. It will come in its original very sturdy original box and packaging (the foam that protects the tube cages is missing [it arrived with me like this], but I'll use substitute packaging for that; it is not a critical part of the packaging.) Remote control and manual present. No mains lead.

This really is a very accomplished hybrid amplifier. It's very easy to use, has some useful facilities (tone controls, balance, decent headphone amp, et al). The remote control reminds me of an Apple type device; very ergonomic and responsive. The MA252 uses a pair of 12AT7 and 12AX7A tubes in the preamplifier, combined with a solid state power amplifier section, offering a conservative 100W/channel in to 8 ohms. This amplifier has received many awards and has had some great reviews. This is an accomplished amplifier that is built to last, from a well established and respected audio manufacturer. Full spec and details from the McIntosh web site here:

https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/integrated-amplifiers/MA252

A review to get you going:

https://blog.son-video.com/en/2018/04/review-mcintosh-ma-252/

These retail at £4,500.

I'm asking for £2,525.

Collection from me in Bexhill is fine, with a prior deposit to secure. Cash or prior bank transfer on collection. I'm willing to have this delivered by courier at the buyer's risk. Cost with UPS via Interparcel is £11.82 with £25 of insurance, or £106.62 with full cover. Buyer is welcome to arrange their own courier (collection date to suit me though!). Size is 43x39x55 cms and c 18Kgs. I could possibly arrange a meet up in Se England; again a deposit to secure with cash on collection.
 

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I suspect @ChemMan might be along shortly to reinforce how very good this amp is...

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I want this so bad I could wee myself. 

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12 hours ago, coldrobba said:

A really decent integrated amp for a superb price. I listened to this with a pair of Harbeth 30.1 and was blown away.

Thanks. Yes, this is an excellent amplifier. It's tough times for hifi sales, so I'll reduce the asking price to £2,400

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Given the price he is asking, this is a no-brainer purchase for anyone interested in getting a taste of real tubes flavored sound.  I have no idea how loud it goes as I don't play it loud enough to shake the building.  I did turn it up once to 65% and scared myself.  For folks wanting to run two sets of speakers this will not work.

2 balanced and one unbalanced with a solid phono stage.  And for those with dipping ohms there is no need to worry as the power amp is solid state.

I LOVE MINE!!!!!!!!

see my full write up below:

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10 minutes ago, ChemMan said:

Given the price he is asking, this is a no-brainer purchase for anyone interested in getting a taste of real tubes flavored sound.  I have no idea how loud it goes as I don't play it loud enough to shake the building.  I did turn it up once to 65% and scared myself.  For folks wanting to run two sets of speakers this will not work.

2 balanced and one unbalanced with a solid phono stage.  And for those with dipping ohms there is no need to worry as the power amp is solid state.

I LOVE MINE!!!!!!!!

see my full write up below:

No brainer.That what i told my other half.She said nothing ,but i heard the knife and fork draw .Thought it,s a nice day for a walk, a quick one ha ha .Like the other comment on here .Wetting myself for this baby.Ive got the cash ,but not the balls .

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Yep a no brainer, if its anywhere near my unico 90, as its a similar set up it would be on the way here,.......but cant have two otherwise I would here the cutlery draw rattling aswell, also simon is great to deal with, well respected on the wam.

glwtsale simon.

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24 minutes ago, deggie said:

Yep a no brainer, if its anywhere near my unico 90, as its a similar set up it would be on the way here,.......but cant have two otherwise I would here the cutlery draw rattling aswell, also simon is great to deal with, well respected on the wam.

glwtsale simon.

Thanks, Keith. If you lot don't look out you'll persuade me to keep it!

Seriously though, it's got to go. I just don't have room in my flat for all these large hifi boxes. I'll be listing on ebay at a higher price soon, as they have a £1 final value fee promotion at present. I'd much rather sell it to a fellow forum enthusiast though. It may well end up going in to (mainland) Europe, as the weak pound makes buying from the UK look particularly attractive at present.

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