McIntosh MA6800 Integrated Amplifiers

5/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

- Full-Featured Remote Controlled.
- Power Output Meters.
- Output Autoformers.
- Seperate Record and Listen Selector.
- Listen and Record Processor Loops.
- Eight High Level Inputs.
- Power Guard and Sentry Monitor.


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wei De a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Hey Guys (and Ladies),
if you ever want to buy some hi-fi stuff and don't want to spend thousands of dollars, come to Beijing,China.
Somehow they get all the expensive goodies from Hong Kong and sell it in Beijing for half the price than anywhere else.They have McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Krell, Marantz, B&W, JMLab etc. I guess would have never started to be an audio fan if I would not live in China
I bought the McIntosh MA 6800 in Beijing and used it for about 6 to 8 months now.
First I had the B&W DM 603 S3 ,but they were too small for the Mc, so I upgraded to the B&W DM 604 S3.
They are good speakers for the price.
And they work perfectly with the 6800,
bass sounds soft and deep, mid range could be a bit better (got to blame the CD Player I guess), the highs are great, but this also depands on the cables used.
I bought some nice ones, but still wating for a pair of Kimber Cable to arrive from HK, I guess this will boost the sound a bit.
The Mc with big speakers defenetly need a lot of space, otherwise the bass sounds unreal.
I am very happy with the amp, the looks are defenetly something one got to admire.
Listening to music, drinking a cup of coffee or smoking a good cigar while the Mc is glowing in its famous colours, what else is there one should need?
As China's plugs and energy supply is quite horrible (Voltage varies from 210 V to 235 V), Hi-fi amps break easily, and I have a friend who fried his whole Mark Levinson Equipment, McIntosh can take more pain, just 2 days ago a plug was on fire in my apt and the MA6800 was connected to it and thank God survived!
If you want quality and superb sound go for Mc

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Electronic Market in



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rilands a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 6850. Saved $400.00 by using the blue book on Audiogon. This Amp is unbelievable. I never thought an Amp could improve the sound this much. Sounds like an album bering played on a record player, only without scratches. Nice smooth base(as much as you need), and this is the first amp I've ever had that gave me a couple of extra notches of treble that I don't really need(my ears have always craved the highs). I also like the old fashion type controls, your not having to go through menus to change things. I'm using these with NHT 2.9's. Very Nice.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Mill Valley



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I know that a lot of audiophiles turn up their noses at Mac. Too bad, because this piece is the finest sounding integrated out there. Plenty of guts, warm and fast, lovely to look at in a dark room while listening (If you're not a Mac person, this sounds foolish; if you are -- as I have been for 30 years -- you understand the simple pleasure of listening to the Mac sound while admiring the blue glow.) I'll hand this one down to my kids when I kick the bucket. The chase is over: it's the last stereo amplification piece I'll ever need to buy. Seriously. Oh, and it's sure cool knowing that 30 years from now, if something in it happens to fail, I'll be able to send it to Audio Classics and have it fixed with a genuine Mac part.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $2500.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This was a great piece of equipment. I drove a pair of Paradigm Reference Studio 60 and then Aerial 6 speakers with this and it was wonderful. I actually had the model without the phono stage, belive it was a 6850 rather than a 6800 (may have it backwards). The Sony was a great integrated with MOSFET output devices and the Bryston was too, with the remote and phono stage (hence the RP designation), but none of them sounded as good as the 6850. Crystal clear, fast sound. I have also used McIntosh separates (C-38 & C-39 with an MC275II, MC-300 and MC-500) as well as other preamps and amps from Bryston and Aragon, etc., and none sounded as good as the MA-6850. It is the one piece of McIntosh gear that I really miss. I will most likely get another once I get settled into our new house as I miss its crystal clear sound. I like a "fast" sound and the MA-6850 was the best I have heard from McIntosh. I ran a pair of Bryston 2B-LP amps in bridged mode with a Mod Squad totally passive preamp that sounded as good, but nothing else I have tried over the years has ever matched up to the MA-6850. I can't comment on the one with the phono stage as I used a Theshold FET ten/pc for phono amplification. Wonderful combo that I fully intend to return to. I am giving 5 stars for value because it sounds better than my $20,000 MC-500 based system and any other I have owned. And it is compact and easy to use with a very flexible remote and set of controls (although I use them in the flat position).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Audio Classics




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