McIntosh has announced the C49 Preamplifier.

The C49 features McIntosh’s DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by newer McIntosh digital audio modules that accommodate new digital technologies. This will allow the C49 to be kept up to date with digital music formats in the future.

McIntosh C49 Preamp

The C49 comes with plenty of inputs. For analogue, it has 2 balanced, 3 unbalanced, 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet. On the digital side, it has 6 inputs housed in the DA1 module: 2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 proprietary MCT (for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports). The DA1 is powered by an 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that is used in Quad Balanced mode; it supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for playback of high-resolution audio. In total, the C49 has 13 inputs, and each can be given user-friendly names to simplify system setup and control.

For outputs, the C49 has 2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output. The outputs are designed for easy use when bi-amping speakers so that neither the highs or lows are inadvertently turned off. Audio sources can be fine-tuned via the bass and treble tone controls.

Home Cinema

The C49 can be integrated into a home cinema system via Home Theater Pass Through. Power Control ports allow for the easy turn on/turn off of other connected McIntosh components, while the Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.

Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh’s High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) is also included.

Classic McIntosh Design

The C49 comes complete with classic McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, knobs, an illuminated logo, and aluminum end caps.

Pricing and Availability

Orders for the C49 can now be placed with shipping expected to begin to the United States this month and the rest of the world shortly thereafter. Suggested retail price $5,000 USD, £5,495 UK.

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