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C49 2-CH Preamplifier

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C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier
C49 2-CH Preamplifier

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C49 2-CH Preamplifier

Model Number: C49-PREAMPLIFIER
Be prepared for future digital music technologies with the C49 Preamplifier.

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Manufacturer: MCINTOSH
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C49 Preamplifier

Be prepared for future digital music technologies with the C49 Preamplifier. The C49 features our DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by new modules as new digital audio technologies are developed. This will allow you to keep your C49 up to date with digital music formats and viable well into the future.

The C49 comes with a multitude of inputs. For analog, it has 2 balanced and 3 unbalanced, along with 2 phono inputs (comprised of 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet) for connecting turntables. On the digital side, it has 6 inputs housed in the DA1 module. The inputs are: 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. The C49 can be upgraded to our dealer installed DA2 Digital Audio Module.

In addition to having all the same connections as the DA1 (2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 MCT) a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 connection is included on the DA2. This allows it to be connected to TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output to bring your TV sound to the next level by listening to it through your home stereo system. In total, the C49 has 13 inputs, and each can be given user-friendly names to simplify system setup and control.

For connecting to your amplifier and the rest of your home audio system, 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 your speakers so that neither your highs or lows are inadvertently turned off. Your audio sources can be fine tuned via the bass and treble tone controls. The C49 can be seamlessly integrated into your Home Theater 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. Our High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) is also included.

The C49 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs. As a Roon Tested partner, McIntosh has provided equipment to Roon for testing with a variety of different operating systems and computers, and shared information about its design and capabilities.

he C49 comes complete with classic McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. Pair it with a variety of amplifiers, turntables, CD players, tuners, speakers, power controllers and room correction devices to make a complete home audio system.

MSRP: $5500



  • Number of Channels


  • Total Harmonic Distortion


  • Frequency Response

    +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
    +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz

  • Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)

    16V RMS / 8V RMS

  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)

    900mV / 450mV

  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)


  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)


  • Voltage Gain (High Level)


  • Voltage Gain (Moving Coil)


  • Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet)


  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)

    44K ohm, 22K ohm


  • Balanced Input


  • Unbalanced Input


  • Phono Input Moving Coil

    1 (adjustable)

  • Phono Input Moving Magnet

    1 (adjustable)

  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module

    Yes: DA1

  • Digital Coaxial Input


  • Digital Optical Input


  • Digital MCT Input


  • Digital USB Input


  • HDMI (ARC) Input


  • Digital AES/EBU Input


  • Balanced Fixed Output


  • Balanced Variable Output


  • Unbalanced Fixed Output


  • Unbalanced Variable Output


  • Headphone Output

    1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)

  • Input Level Match

    Yes, +/- 6dB

  • Home Theater PassThru


  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type


  • Service Port



  • Tone Controls

    Bass and Treble

  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign


  • RS232 Control Input


  • Power Control Output

    1 Main, 2 Trigger

  • Rear Panel Data Port


  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input



  • Multi-Chassis or Single

    Single, two layer

  • Output Meters


  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State

    Solid State

  • Power Consumption (On)

    30 Watts


  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)

    17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.2cm) x 18" (45.72cm)

  • Unit Weight

    23 lbs (10.4 kg)

  • Shipping Weight

    37.5 lbs (17 kg)

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