McIntosh Laboratory C49 Preamplifier

In the wake of the activity at High End Munich 2019, McIntosh has announced the new C49, a new full-featured preamplifier with modular architecture technology for its digital features.

The C49 features McIntosh’s new DA1 Digital Audio Module, a replaceable modular design which allows for user updates with the latest up-to-the-minute digital technology. On its release, the C49 combines a whole stream of analogue and digital connectivity via multiple inputs/outputs. On board are two balanced (XLR) and three unbalanced (RCA) analogue inputs while vinyl is catered for via the in-built Moving Magnet/Moving Coil (MM/MC) phono stage. Output connectivity is through two balanced (XLR) and two unbalanced (RCA) outputs with support via an unbalanced fixed output.

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The DA1 Digital Audio Module is packed with six inputs. There are two S/PDIF coaxial and two Toslink optical inputs in addition to USB and McIntosh’s proprietary MCT inputs, the latter being dedicated to the company’s own MCT-capable SACD/CD transports. On-board the DA1’s circuitry is a high quality 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) which is configured in a ‘Quad Balanced’ mode. Support is for up to DSD256 and DXD 384 kHz allowing high-resolution file playback. Each input (totalling 13) can be individually named. In addition, the C49 includes a ‘High Drive’ headphone amplifier with McIntosh’s Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) circuitry.

Like many of McIntosh’s preamplifiers, The C49 features intelligently-designed tone controls for subtle sonic fine-tuning. Also available is a Home Theatre Pass-Through which allows easy integration into cinema settings while Data Ports allow transmission of control commands to connected components.

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McIntosh told SoundStage! Australia, “The C49 comes complete with classic McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminium end caps. Pair it with a variety of amplifiers, turntables, CD players, tuners, speakers, and room correction devices to make a complete home audio system.”

McIntosh Laboratory products are available in Australia via specialist audio retailers around the country.

McIntosh Laboratory C49 Preamplifier
Price: AU$8995

Australian Distributor: Synergy Audio
+61 3 9459 7474
www.synergyaudio.com