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The McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier is a true audiophile's dream, delivering an unparalleled home audio experience with its advanced features and exceptional build quality. With 16 inputs, including 9 analog and 7 digital options, this preamplifier offers unparalleled versatility for connecting all your music sources. The DA2 Digital Audio Module, supporting up to DSD512 files, and its classic McIntosh design further solidify the C53 as a top-tier choice for those seeking uncompromising audio performance.
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Number of Channels
2
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005%
Frequency Response
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
Number of Channels
2
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005%
Frequency Response
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)

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The McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier is an audiophile's delight, boasting 16 inputs for seamless connectivity and a cutting-edge DA2 Digital Audio Module that supports up to DSD512 files. Its classic McIntosh design, featuring a black glass front panel and blue meters, adds a touch of elegance to any home audio setup, making it a top-tier choice for uncompromising sound enthusiasts.

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McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

Upgrade your home audio experience with the McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier. Immerse yourself in unparalleled audio quality that stands the test of time, thanks to McIntosh's commitment to excellence.

McIntosh C53 Key Features:

  • 16 Inputs: Enjoy versatility with 9 analog and 7 digital inputs.
  • 8-Band Analog Equalizer: Fine-tune your audio with precision using the 8-band analog equalizer.
  • DA2 Digital Audio Module: The advanced DA2 module supports up to DSD512 files for exceptional digital audio playback.
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC): Elevate your TV sound by connecting to compatible HDMI (ARC) outputs, enhancing your home stereo system.
  • Multi-Format Support: Decode popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® with expert conversion to 2-channel audio.
  • Expanded Connectivity: With 9 analog inputs, including balanced, unbalanced, and phono options, and 7 digital inputs, the C53 ensures seamless integration with all your music sources.
  • Roon Tested Designation: Recognized by Roon Labs for compatibility and performance, assuring a seamless experience with various operating systems and computers.

McIntosh C53 Specifications:

Electronic Specifications:

  • Number of Channels: 2
  • 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
  • Sensitivity (High Level): 900mV (Balanced) / 450mV (Unbalanced)
  • Sensitivity (Phono Moving Coil): 0.45mV
  • Sensitivity (Phono 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

Connectivity:

  • Balanced Inputs: 3
  • Unbalanced Inputs: 4
  • Phono Inputs (Moving Coil/Moving Magnet): 1 each (adjustable)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes (DA2)
  • HDMI (ARC) Input: 1
  • Digital Coaxial Inputs: 2
  • Digital Optical Inputs: 2
  • Digital MCT Input: 1
  • Digital USB Input: 1
  • Balanced Variable Outputs: 3
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
  • Unbalanced Variable Outputs: 3
  • Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive with HXD®
  • Input Level Match: Yes, +/- 6dB
  • Home Theater PassThru: Yes

Control:

  • Tone Controls: 8-band (adjustable ± 12dB)
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign: Yes
  • RS232 Control Input: Yes
  • Power Control Output: 1 Main, 4 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port: 6
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: Yes

General Specifications:

  • Multi-Chassis or Single: Single, two-layer
  • Output Meters: Yes
  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State: Solid State
  • Power Consumption (On): 30 Watts

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.5" x 7.6" x 18"
  • Unit Weight: 28 lbs
  • Shipping Weight: 43.5 lbs

Elevate your audio setup with McIntosh's classic design, featuring a black glass front panel, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo, and aluminum end caps. The polished stainless steel chassis adds a touch of sophistication.

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Product Description

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The McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier is a true audiophile's dream, delivering an unparalleled home audio experience with its advanced features and exceptional build quality. With 16 inputs, including 9 analog and 7 digital options, this preamplifier offers unparalleled versatility for connecting all your music sources. The DA2 Digital Audio Module, supporting up to DSD512 files, and its classic McIntosh design further solidify the C53 as a top-tier choice for those seeking uncompromising audio performance.
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Features & Specs Line Circle

Number of Channels
2
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005%
Frequency Response
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
Number of Channels
2
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005%
Frequency Response
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
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The McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier is an audiophile's delight, boasting 16 inputs for seamless connectivity and a cutting-edge DA2 Digital Audio Module that supports up to DSD512 files. Its classic McIntosh design, featuring a black glass front panel and blue meters, adds a touch of elegance to any home audio setup, making it a top-tier choice for uncompromising sound enthusiasts.

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McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

Upgrade your home audio experience with the McIntosh C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier. Immerse yourself in unparalleled audio quality that stands the test of time, thanks to McIntosh's commitment to excellence.

McIntosh C53 Key Features:

  • 16 Inputs: Enjoy versatility with 9 analog and 7 digital inputs.
  • 8-Band Analog Equalizer: Fine-tune your audio with precision using the 8-band analog equalizer.
  • DA2 Digital Audio Module: The advanced DA2 module supports up to DSD512 files for exceptional digital audio playback.
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC): Elevate your TV sound by connecting to compatible HDMI (ARC) outputs, enhancing your home stereo system.
  • Multi-Format Support: Decode popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® with expert conversion to 2-channel audio.
  • Expanded Connectivity: With 9 analog inputs, including balanced, unbalanced, and phono options, and 7 digital inputs, the C53 ensures seamless integration with all your music sources.
  • Roon Tested Designation: Recognized by Roon Labs for compatibility and performance, assuring a seamless experience with various operating systems and computers.

McIntosh C53 Specifications:

Electronic Specifications:

  • Number of Channels: 2
  • 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
  • Sensitivity (High Level): 900mV (Balanced) / 450mV (Unbalanced)
  • Sensitivity (Phono Moving Coil): 0.45mV
  • Sensitivity (Phono 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

Connectivity:

  • Balanced Inputs: 3
  • Unbalanced Inputs: 4
  • Phono Inputs (Moving Coil/Moving Magnet): 1 each (adjustable)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes (DA2)
  • HDMI (ARC) Input: 1
  • Digital Coaxial Inputs: 2
  • Digital Optical Inputs: 2
  • Digital MCT Input: 1
  • Digital USB Input: 1
  • Balanced Variable Outputs: 3
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
  • Unbalanced Variable Outputs: 3
  • Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive with HXD®
  • Input Level Match: Yes, +/- 6dB
  • Home Theater PassThru: Yes

Control:

  • Tone Controls: 8-band (adjustable ± 12dB)
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign: Yes
  • RS232 Control Input: Yes
  • Power Control Output: 1 Main, 4 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port: 6
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: Yes

General Specifications:

  • Multi-Chassis or Single: Single, two-layer
  • Output Meters: Yes
  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State: Solid State
  • Power Consumption (On): 30 Watts

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.5" x 7.6" x 18"
  • Unit Weight: 28 lbs
  • Shipping Weight: 43.5 lbs

Elevate your audio setup with McIntosh's classic design, featuring a black glass front panel, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo, and aluminum end caps. The polished stainless steel chassis adds a touch of sophistication.

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