New McIntosh preamp offers upgradable DAC that moves with the times
McIntosh the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the C49 Preamp. (£5,495)
McIntosh has launched one of the world’s most versatile and future-resistant preamps, the C49. In what could easily be thought of as the ideal high-performance preamp solution for shrewd and discerning LP and streaming/CD lovers, the C49 combines plug and play turntable compatibility with an upgradable high-resolution DAC (the company’s DA1 Digital Audio Module) that keeps pace with fast-moving changes in digital technology
Allowing the C49 to always remain up-to-date in the digital age, the six-input DA1 Module can be replaced by newer McIntosh digital audio modules as new technologies and formats emerge, making the C49 a very attractive audio investment well into the future.
Offering incredible versatility for existing equipment and future additions, the C49 has an impressive 13 inputs, each of which can be given user-defined names to simplify system set up and control. For the analogue inputs, the C49 has two balanced, three unbalanced, one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet.
For digital, it offers six inputs (in the DA1 module): two coaxial, two optical, one USB and one proprietary MCT (for use with McIntosh’s MCT-enabled SACD/CD transports). The upgradable DA1 module is powered by an advanced eight-channel 32-bit DAC (run in Quad Balanced mode) which supports high-resolution audio including DXD 384kHz and up to DSD256.
The C49 has two balanced variable outputs, two unbalanced variable output and one 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
In a further nod towards the C49’s versatility, the preamp also offers fine-tuning of its bass and treble output via tone controls, an invaluable feature when introducing high-performance electronics into the myriad listening rooms around the world.
Power Control ports allow for the triggering of other connected McIntosh components, while the C49’s Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components. The C49 can also be seamlessly integrated into home cinema systems via the Home Theater Pass Through
For personal and late-night listening, McIntosh’s High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) is also included.
The C49 comes complete with classic McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, distinctive knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminium end-caps.
Pricing and availability
Orders for the £5,495 C49 can be placed with Authorised McIntosh dealers now.
UK shipping June/July; United States shipping May 2019; the rest of the world shortly thereafter.