Ready for the Future of High-Res Digital: Roon-Tested McIntosh C49 Preamplifier Features Replaceable DA1 Digital Audio Module, MM/MC Phono Preamplifier, DSD256 Ability, Worldly Versatility
High-resolution digital upgradability, world-class versatility, captivating sound, headphone drivability, and gorgeous looks come together in harmonious bliss on the McIntosh C49 preamplifier. Equipped with McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced as new audio technologies develop, the Roon-tested C49 combines outrageously good performance with future-proof viability. Whether you want to listen to music up to DSD256 or DXD 384kHz, C49 decodes and plays back the formats in brilliant fidelity via an eight-channel 32-bit/192kHz DAC in Quad Balanced mode. To optimize SACD playback, C49 touts an MCT input for a custom DSD connection to the McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD transport. Digital inputs are further covered by way of two coaxial, two optical, and one USB type.
Feeling in an analog mood? This U.S.A.-made legend touts two balanced and three unbalanced inputs as well as a built-in MM/MC phono preamplifier that rivals any standalone phono preamplifier you'll hear for less than $2k. For the ultimate in flexibility, all 13 inputs are always available – meaning you can configure your system however you want. And C49's six-inch height allows it to be placed even in tight spaces. This is a cutting-edge 21st-century entertainment hub in every sense – something you'll realize as soon as you hear the rich, authoritative, expressive sound.
McIntosh also ensures C49 is primed for when you want to listen privately. Its High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director and Power Control brings uncommon depth and vast spaciousness to your music anytime you utilize 'phones. Equally useful, Home Theater Pass Through means the unit seamlessly integrates into your existing multichannel system. Want to fine-tune your source material? Bass and treble tone controls are at your service. The precision volume control includes 214 individual, noise-free volume steps. A clean back-panel layout and intuitive remote control complement the ease of operation.
And, yes, we'd be lying if we didn't tell you how much the black glass faceplate with LED illumination, silver knobs, and brushed aluminum end caps will enhance your enjoyment every time you see C49 in your room. When you dream about high-quality stereo components, this is what springs to mind. Our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee helps make those dreams come true.
An Unparalleled Heritage of Prestigious Craftsmanship
McIntosh has been hand-making world-class audio equipment for seven decades. Each component is produced in the same upstate New York factory the company has called home for 60 years. Recognized and revered around the globe, McIntosh continues to set new standards for high-end performance, unstinting reliability, and product longevity. Its storied tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship, pride, and service is shared by only the most iconic American brands. In an era where manufacturing shortcuts and outsourcing are the norm, McIntosh takes a no-compromise approach defined by hands-on workmanship, singular expertise, and an unabated passion for being the best in its field. These rarified characteristics set McIntosh apart. While most audio companies emulate the competition, McIntosh leads by living up to – and exceeding – its own benchmarks. That's the mark of a legend.
Handmade for Everyone That Appreciates the Superiority of Hands-On Artistry
McIntosh's handcrafted ethic predates by more than half a century the handcrafted movement currently re-defining the beer, food, furniture, jewelry, and soap industries. From patrons of farm-to-table restaurants to fans of limited-batch beer, people increasingly realize the importance and superiority of handcrafted goods in their everyday life. Whether it's the exacting detail afforded the PC boards, the meticulous attention paid to the hand-wound transformer coils, or the innovation behind patented Power Guard circuitry, McIntosh shares in the same belief. Rather than cut corners or adhere to mass-produced construction, McIntosh only puts its name on components that deliver paragon experiences by way of their unassailable artistry and precision-minded quality. While McIntosh products don't come cheap, they stand out – and stand the test of time – in a world flooded by homogeneity and inferiority.
Aspire to Own an American Icon
McIntosh amplifiers broadcast President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech and powered the original Woodstock festival. Nearly 29,000 watts of McIntosh power fueled the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound, regarded by many as the finest-sounding concert system ever devised. McIntosh has assisted in the recording of some of history's most celebrated albums, including the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. David Bowie collaborator/noted producer Tony Visconti and Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir are among the countless McIntosh devotees. Thousands of older McIntosh components remain active in systems, having been built to last a lifetime. The history is clear: With McIntosh, you're not only considering today but planning for endless tomorrows. McIntosh is legacy audio you bequeath to future generations. The reason wish lists exists, McIntosh is the dream you aspire to own and, once you do, you cherish forever.
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005%
Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz: +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced): 16V RMS / 8V RMS
High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced): 900mV / 450mV
Moving Coil: 0.45mV
Moving Magnet: 4.5mV
Signal To Noise Ratio:
High Level: 100dB
Moving Coil: 80dB
Moving Magnet: 82dB
Voltage Gain: High Level: 15dB
Moving Coil: 60dB
Moving Magnet: 40dB
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 44K ohm, 22K ohm
Balanced Input: 2
Unbalanced Input: 3
Phono Input Moving Coil: 1 (adjustable)
Phono Input Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes: DA1
Digital Coaxial Input: 2
Digital Optical Input: 2
Digital MCT (DIN) Input: 1
Digital USB Input: 1
Digital AES/EBU Input: 0
Balanced Fixed Output: 0
Balanced Variable Output: 2
Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
Unbalanced Variable Output: 2
Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Input Level Match: Yes, +/- 6dB
Home Theater PassThru: Yes
Unbalanced Analog Connector Type: Standard
Tone Controls: Bass and Treble
Power Control Output: 1 Main, 2 Trigger
Rear Panel Data Port: 4
Multi-Chassis or Single: Single, two layer
Vacuum Tube or Solid State: Solid State
Power Consumption (On): 30 Watts
Dimensions (WHD): 17.5" x 6" x 18"
Weight: 23 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 5.4 MB)