McIntosh Lab’s first-ever headphones come to UK – MHP1000

MHP1000 headphonesMcIntosh Laboratory has been making handcrafted high-end audio equipment since 1949. Their range, however, has never included any headphones. Until now.

It may have taken them 65 years to release some headphones, but McIntosh Labs have finally introduced their MHP1000 cans to the UK – just in time for Christmas.

Looking at the pictures and a quick read of the press release, the MHP1000 certainly appear to be as beautifully and meticulously designed as the McIntosh speakers and other components.

The MHP1000 are loaded with a dynamic, 40mm diameter 3-layer compound diaphragm with viscoelastic center layer which promises to offer

smooth yet transparent, full-bodied, non-fatiguing output, and is both supremely comfortable and easy to listen to over long periods”

Its closed-back, circumaural design eliminates external noise and distractions for a fully immersive personal listening experience.

large headband MHP1000McIntosh says that the design has produced an ergonomic, lightweight headphone that requires minimal pressure to secure them on the head and ear, permitting all-day (or all-night!) comfort for those longer, relaxed listening sessions. The ear pads and headband feature a premium, natural soft leather for luxurious comfort.

Two detachable cables are also included: a 1-metre lead with a 3.5mm stereo connector, plus a 3-metre cable with a 6.3mm (1/4-inch) stereo connector. Both cables feature high-quality gold-plated McIntosh custom-designed connectors and shielded wiring for the best possible sound quality.

The new MHP1000 is perhaps the most affordable way to experience McIntosh’s class-leading sound quality and is now available in the UK from McIntosh’s distributor, Jordan Acoustics, for £1995. Why not treat yourself to the matching headphone amp, a snip at £4955?

  • Transducer type: Dynamic, 40mm-diameter 3-layer compound diaphragm with
  • Operation: Circumaural, closed-back, bass-ported
  • Frequency response: 5Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance nominal: 200 ohms (compatible with all McIntosh headphone outputs)
  • Nominal SPL: 97db (1Mw @ 500Hz)
  • Max SPL: 122dB (300Mw @ 500Hz)
  • Magnetic circuit: One Tesla annular neodymium magnet motor assembly
  • Headband and ear pads: leather
  • Detachable cables included: 1x 1-metre cable with 3.5mm stereo connector;
  • viscoelastic centre layer
  • 1x 3-metre cable with 6.3mm stereo connector (gold-plated
  • custom-designed connectors)
  • Weight: 464 grams