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McIntosh C49 Solid state Pre Amplifier

$9,999.00 inc. GST

2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

  • DA1 Digital Audio Module
  • Supports up to DSD256 files
  • 13 inputs (7 analog + 6 digital)
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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.

McIntosh C49 Preamplifier
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. 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.
McIntosh C49 Preamplifier
The 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 amplifiersturntablesCD playerstunersspeakerspower controllers and room correction devices to make a complete home audio system.


Balanced Input x2
Unbalanced Input x3
Phono Input Moving Coil x1 (adjustable)
Phono Input Moving Magnet x1 (adjustable)
Upgradeable Digital Audio Module Yes: DA1
Digital Coaxial Input x2
Digital Optical Input x2
Digital MCT (DIN) Input x1
Digital USB Input x1
Balanced Variable Output x2
Unbalanced Fixed Output x1
Unbalanced Variable Output x2
Headphone Output 1/4″ High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Home Theater PassThru Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.5″ (44.45cm) x 6″ (15.2cm) x 18″ (45.72cm)
Weight 23 lbs (10.4 kg)
Shipping Weight 37.5 lbs (17 kg)

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