McIntosh C22 Preamplifier

McIntosh C22 Classic Stereo Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

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    Featuring a cool, 1960s retro design, the C22 has been updated to modern standards to deliver a performance on par with any other McIntosh preamp. Electromagnetic input switching provides reliable, noiseless and distortion free operation. Low distortion levels of all types are less than 0.08%, allowing music to be presented with total transparency and accuracy.

    "Absolutely lovely, completely involving and beautiful... Everybody should hear it just to experience how beautiful music reproduction in the home can be." - The Absolute Sound

    A total of 10 inputs include 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced along with Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono input sections with selectable resistance and capacitive loading so every phono cartridge and turntable‚Äč can be perfectly matched to produce the best sound. Outputs are comprised of 1 set of balanced and 3 sets of unbalanced connections. Bass and Treble tone controls with bypass feature allow you to listen to your favorite songs at your preferred tonal balance. Power control outputs will turn a complete McIntosh system on or off using the front panel or remote control.

    "A beautiful 'you are there' quality to the music." - Enjoy The Music

    While featuring a retro look, timeless McIntosh design cues such as a partial black glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps allows the C22 to seamlessly blend in with other McIntosh components to create one cohesive system. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

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    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.08%
    Frequency Response +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    +0, -1dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz
    Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced) 16/8 V RMS
    Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced) 20K ohm, 20K ohm
    Phono Voltage Gain 60dB
    High Level Voltage Gain 15dB
    Signal To Noise Ratio 98dB
    Chassis Single
    Amplifier Type Tube, 6 ea. 12AX7a
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.5" x 6" x 18"
    Weight 27 lbs.


    Balanced Input 2 Stereo
    Unbalanced Input 6 Stereo + 2 Phono
    Phono Input Moving Coil 1 (adjustable)
    Phono Input Moving Magnet 1 (adjustable)
    Digital Coaxial Input 0
    Digital Optical Input 0
    Digital MCT (DIN) Input 0
    Digital USB Input 0
    Digital AES/EBU Input 0
    Balanced Fixed Output 0
    Balanced Variable Output 1 Stereo
    Unbalanced Fixed Output 1 Stereo
    Unbalanced Variable Output 2 Stereo
    Headphone Output 1/4"
    Record Processor Loop Yes
    Input Level Match No
    Home Theater PassThru No
    Unbalanced Analog Connector Type Premium gold-plated solid brass


    Tone Controls Bass and Treble
    Tone Bypass and Input Assign Bypass: Yes
    Input Assign: No
    RS232 Control Input No
    Power Control Output 2 Main, 2 Switched
    Rear Panel Data Port 8
    Rear Panel IR Sensor Input No