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The McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier is a masterpiece for audiophiles seeking unparalleled audio quality. Boasting 13 versatile inputs, including analog and digital options, and a future-proof design with the DA1 Digital Audio Module, this preamp ensures your system stays at the forefront of evolving digital music technologies. With its high-resolution playback capabilities, intelligent controls, and timeless McIntosh design, the C49 delivers an immersive and visually stunning audio experience, making it a must-have for enthusiasts looking to elevate their home audio setup.
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Inputs
13 inputs (7 analog + 6 digital)
Audio Resolution
DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for playback of high resolution audio
Outputs
2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output.
Roon
The C49 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.
Inputs
13 inputs (7 analog + 6 digital)
Audio Resolution
DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for playback of high resolution audio
Outputs
2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output.
Roon
The C49 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.

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McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier - Elevate Your Audio Experience

Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled audio quality with the McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier. This state-of-the-art preamp is a testament to McIntosh's commitment to delivering exceptional sound experiences. Whether you're an avid audiophile or a music enthusiast, the C49 is designed to meet the demands of the modern digital music landscape.

McIntosh C49 Key Features:

  • Versatile Inputs: The C49 boasts 13 inputs, including 7 analog and 6 digital options. For analog enthusiasts, it features 2 balanced and 3 unbalanced inputs, along with 2 phono inputs (Moving Coil and Moving Magnet) for turntable connectivity. On the digital side, the DA1 Digital Audio Module houses 2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB, and 1 proprietary MCT input.

  • Future-Proof Design: Stay ahead of the curve with the DA1 Digital Audio Module, ensuring your preamp is ready for upcoming digital audio technologies. The module can be upgraded, guaranteeing your C49 remains at the forefront of digital music formats well into the future. (Optional upgrade to DA2 Digital Audio Module available.)

  • High-Resolution Playback: The 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in Quad Balanced mode supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz, delivering an immersive high-resolution audio experience.

  • Flexible Outputs: Connect effortlessly to your amplifier and home audio system with 2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output. Perfect for bi-amping speakers, the C49 ensures a seamless audio experience.

  • Intelligent Controls: Customize your setup with user-friendly names for each input. Fine-tune your audio sources using bass and treble tone controls. The Home Theater Pass Through facilitates integration into your home theater system.

  • Smart Connectivity: Power Control ports simplify the operation of connected McIntosh components, while Data Ports enable remote control commands for source components. The High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) is included for a personalized listening experience.

  • Roon Tested: The C49 is Roon Tested, ensuring compatibility with various operating systems and computers, providing a seamless integration into your digital music ecosystem.

  • Timeless Design: Classic McIntosh design elements, including a black glass front panel, knobs, illuminated logo, and aluminum end caps, make the C49 a visually stunning addition to any audio setup.

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Product Description

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The McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier is a masterpiece for audiophiles seeking unparalleled audio quality. Boasting 13 versatile inputs, including analog and digital options, and a future-proof design with the DA1 Digital Audio Module, this preamp ensures your system stays at the forefront of evolving digital music technologies. With its high-resolution playback capabilities, intelligent controls, and timeless McIntosh design, the C49 delivers an immersive and visually stunning audio experience, making it a must-have for enthusiasts looking to elevate their home audio setup.
Get the Details
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Inputs
13 inputs (7 analog + 6 digital)
Audio Resolution
DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for playback of high resolution audio
Outputs
2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output.
Roon
The C49 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.
Inputs
13 inputs (7 analog + 6 digital)
Audio Resolution
DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for playback of high resolution audio
Outputs
2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output.
Roon
The C49 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.
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Expert Insight

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Winner of 2021 Editors Choice Award for Preamplifiers - Part-Time Audiophile

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McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier - Elevate Your Audio Experience

Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled audio quality with the McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier. This state-of-the-art preamp is a testament to McIntosh's commitment to delivering exceptional sound experiences. Whether you're an avid audiophile or a music enthusiast, the C49 is designed to meet the demands of the modern digital music landscape.

McIntosh C49 Key Features:

  • Versatile Inputs: The C49 boasts 13 inputs, including 7 analog and 6 digital options. For analog enthusiasts, it features 2 balanced and 3 unbalanced inputs, along with 2 phono inputs (Moving Coil and Moving Magnet) for turntable connectivity. On the digital side, the DA1 Digital Audio Module houses 2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB, and 1 proprietary MCT input.

  • Future-Proof Design: Stay ahead of the curve with the DA1 Digital Audio Module, ensuring your preamp is ready for upcoming digital audio technologies. The module can be upgraded, guaranteeing your C49 remains at the forefront of digital music formats well into the future. (Optional upgrade to DA2 Digital Audio Module available.)

  • High-Resolution Playback: The 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in Quad Balanced mode supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz, delivering an immersive high-resolution audio experience.

  • Flexible Outputs: Connect effortlessly to your amplifier and home audio system with 2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output. Perfect for bi-amping speakers, the C49 ensures a seamless audio experience.

  • Intelligent Controls: Customize your setup with user-friendly names for each input. Fine-tune your audio sources using bass and treble tone controls. The Home Theater Pass Through facilitates integration into your home theater system.

  • Smart Connectivity: Power Control ports simplify the operation of connected McIntosh components, while Data Ports enable remote control commands for source components. The High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) is included for a personalized listening experience.

  • Roon Tested: The C49 is Roon Tested, ensuring compatibility with various operating systems and computers, providing a seamless integration into your digital music ecosystem.

  • Timeless Design: Classic McIntosh design elements, including a black glass front panel, knobs, illuminated logo, and aluminum end caps, make the C49 a visually stunning addition to any audio setup.

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