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McIntosh Launches New Solid-State and Tube Preamplifiers

Each preamplifier boasts 16 inputs, including 9 analog and 7 digital connections.

McIntosh has announced the launch of the C55 Solid State Preamplifier and the C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier.

McIntosh C55 Preamplifier - Front McIntosh C55 Preamplifier - Back

C55 Solid State Preamplifier

The C55 inherits the legacy of its predecessor, the C53, and elevates the home audio experience to new realms. The C55 features an 8-band analog equalizer to fine-tune music with precision, creating a personalized audio experience —and the equalizer can be bypassed if desired.

McIntosh C2800 Preamplifier - Front McIntosh C2800 Preamplifier - Back

C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

At the heart of the C2800 lies methodically designed vacuum tube circuitry. Leveraging the latest designs to all but eliminate noise and distortion, the C2800 reduces them to minuscule levels. Its four vacuum tubes, or valves, deliver a listening experience that transcends expectations. The C2800 offers a tailored audio experience to optimize performance to each user’s individual specifications. Electronic bass and treble circuitry allow for volume level adjustments of low and high frequencies in precise 1 dB steps. In addition, the C2800 remembers tone control circuitry bypass settings for each input.

McIntosh C55 and C2800 Preamplifiers - Lifestyle 

Shared C55 and C2800 Performance Features

Each preamplifier boasts 16 inputs, including 9 analog and 7 digital connections. From analog to digital, the C55 and C2800 accommodate a plethora of sources, including turntables via their adjustable phono inputs along with audiophile-grade DAC technology for exquisite digital audio conversion.

With three sets of stereo balanced and unbalanced outputs, the C55 and C2800 offer flexibility in connecting to power amplifiers. Their design allows for bi-amping configurations and personalized audio experiences tailored to each listener’s preferences. A Processor Loop, something not available on the last few generations of McIntosh preamplifiers, makes its return and allows for seamless integration of external processors.

New McIntosh Connect App (Coming April 2024)

In addition to using the included remote control or the front-panel controls, users can have the option to connect the C55 and C2800 to their home network and unlock a world of control possibilities through the new complimentary McIntosh Connect app that is available for both Android and Apple devices. With the Connect app, users can seamlessly control key functions, receive firmware updates, and enhance the listening experience with added convenience.

 Additional Features

  • High Drive Headphone Amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) technology brings an added dimension to headphone listening.
  • Home Theater PassThru for seamless integration into home theater systems.
  • Has received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.
  • Power Control allows users to easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off.
  • Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.
  • Electromagnetic Input Switching for reliable, noiseless, and distortion-free switching.
  • Level Trim Adjustment for matching analog input levels to prevent abrupt changes in volume levels.
  • Precision balanced, digitally controlled attenuator system for accurate volume control with 0.1dB accuracy.
  • Fully regulated power supplies and a special R-core power transformer for stable, noise-free operation.
  • Eco-friendly Power Management System that will turn the unit off after 30 minutes of inactivity (can be disabled).

Availability and Pricing

The C55 Solid State Preamplifier and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier are available for purchase through authorized McIntosh dealers. Both units will be available in March for $9000 USD each.

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