Designed for those that are short on space but don’t want to compromise when it comes to sound, McIntosh’s MXA80 is the ultimate in unashamedly luxurious home audio. The setup features a miniaturised 50W (into 8ohm) stereo amplifier, plus a pair of specially designed aluminium chassis two-way desktop loudspeakers. There is a choice of four digital inputs (optical, coaxial, DIN and USB) – with the former three capable of handling up to 24/192 resolution music files and the latter 32/384 – while the onboard DAC also supports DSD and DXD. Two additional analogue inputs cater for existing equipment. 

A headphone amplifier is built-in, making use of McIntosh’s Power Guard technology in order to reduce unwanted clipping, while the similarly sized MP100 phono preamplifier (£3,000) or MB50 streaming audio player (£3,000) are available separately for hooking up a turntable or hi-res streamer of your choice. McIntosh is exclusively distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics and the MXA80 is available now for £7,500.