Published On: March 14, 2024

McIntosh Launches C55 Solid State and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifiers

Published On: March 14, 2024
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McIntosh Launches C55 Solid State and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifiers

McIntosh has unveiled its latest masterpieces in high-fidelity audio with the introduction of the C55 Solid State and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifiers.

McIntosh Launches C55 Solid State and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifiers

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In a move that's sure to resonate with audiophiles worldwide, McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. has unveiled its latest offerings in the realm of high-fidelity audio equipment: the C55 Solid State Preamplifier and the C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Representing the pinnacle of McIntosh's expertise and craftsmanship, these preamplifiers promise to deliver an exceptional listening experience for discerning enthusiasts.

The McIntosh C55 Solid State Preamplifier builds upon the legacy of its award-winning predecessor, the C53, by incorporating cutting-edge technology and precision engineering. 

Featuring an eight-band analog equalizer, the C55 allows users to fine-tune their audio to perfection, providing a personalized and immersive listening experience. Notably, purists will appreciate the option to bypass the equalizer entirely, preserving the integrity of the original audio signal.

McIntosh C55 Solid State preamplifier

On the other hand, the McIntosh C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier embraces a more traditional approach with its meticulously designed vacuum tube circuitry. 

McIntosh's engineers have leveraged the latest advancements in tube technology to minimize noise and distortion, resulting in a warm and rich sound signature that exceeds expectations, according to the company. With electronic bass and treble circuits offering precise volume adjustments in 1dB increments, the C2800 empowers users to tailor their audio precisely to their preferences.

Both preamplifiers boast an impressive array of connectivity options, with a total of 16 inputs including analog, digital, and phono connections. This versatility ensures compatibility with a wide range of audio sources, from turntables to digital streaming devices. 

McIntosh C2800 Vacuum Tube preamplifier.

Additionally, the inclusion of premium-grade DAC technology guarantees exquisite digital-to-analog conversion, preserving the integrity of the audio signal regardless of the source.

Flexibility is a key feature of the C55 Solid State and C2800 Vacuum Tube preamplifiers, with three sets of stereo balanced and unbalanced outputs enabling seamless integration with power amplifiers and other audio equipment. Whether users prefer bi-amping configurations or personalized audio setups, these preamplifiers provide the necessary tools to achieve their desired sound.

In a nod to modern convenience, McIntosh has introduced the McIntosh Connect app, available for both Android and Apple devices. This intuitive app allows users to control key functions of the C55 and C2800, receive firmware updates, and customize their listening experience from the palm of their hand.

Front close up view of the McIntosh C55 Solid State preamplifier.

Furthermore, both preamplifiers include features such as a headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology, home theater passthrough, and Roon compatibility, further enhancing their appeal to audio enthusiasts.

Technical Specifications:

  • High drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology.
  • Home Theater PassThru for integration with home theatre systems.
  • Roon Tested designation.
  • Power Control allows users to easily turn other connected McIntosh components.
  • Data Ports for remote control commands.
  • Electromagnetic Input Switching for noiseless, and distortion-free switching.
  • Level trim adjustment.
  • Precision balanced, digitally controlled attenuator system to 0.1dB accuracy.
  • Fully regulated power supplies.
  • Special R-core power transformer.
  • Eco-friendly Power Management System.

The McIntosh C55 Solid State Preamplifier and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier are now available through authorized McIntosh dealers, priced at $9,000 each.

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