Own a U.S.A.-Made Legend: Customizable, Roon-Tested McIntosh C47 Preamplifier Includes Audiophile Headphone Amp and Phono Preamplifier, Plays 2x DSD, Features Worldly Versatility
World-class versatility, captivating sound, high-resolution capability, and gorgeous looks come together in harmonious bliss on the McIntosh C47 preamplifier. Feeling in an analog mood? C47 features 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. Need digital options? C47 decodes and plays back DSD via a 32-bit/384kHz USB input that supports 2x DSD and DXD 384kHz. Digital coaxial and optical inputs are also onboard. To optimize SACD playback, C47 touts an MCT input for a custom DSD connection to the McIntosh MCT450 SACD/CD transport. For the ultimate in flexibility, all the inputs are always available – meaning you can configure your system however you want. And C47'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 C47 is primed for when you want to listen privately. Its Headphone Crossfeed Director brings uncommon depth and vast spaciousness to your music anytime you utilize ‘phones. Equally useful, Home Theater Pass Through means the Golden Ear Award-winning C47 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 C47 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.
“In addition to state-of-art performance and extraordinary versatility, [you get] a great lineage, battleship construction, and looks that just radiate class, taste, and timeless style.”
—Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, 2018 Golden Ear Award
An Unparalleled Heritage of Prestigious Craftsmanship
McIntosh has been handmaking 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.