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The McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier is a sonic marvel that transcends expectations, delivering an exquisite audio experience that will captivate even the most discerning audiophiles. Its four 12AX7a vacuum tubes infuse a warmth and richness to the sound, elevating the listening experience to new heights. With versatile connectivity options, an optional digital audio upgrade, and meticulous craftsmanship, the C8 stands as a true masterpiece, seamlessly blending traditional vacuum tube technology with cutting-edge features to create a preamplifier that defines audio excellence.
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NUMBER OF CHANNELS
2
ANALOG IN
3
DIGITAL IN
Optional Ad-on
ANALOG OUT
3
DIGITAL OUT
Optional Ad-on
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
12-9/32" (31.2cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)
NUMBER OF CHANNELS
2
ANALOG IN
3
DIGITAL IN
Optional Ad-on
ANALOG OUT
3
DIGITAL OUT
Optional Ad-on
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
12-9/32" (31.2cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)

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The McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier sounds wonderful with its four 12AX7a vacuum tubes, delivering a captivating warmth and richness to every note. Meticulously crafted and offering versatile connectivity options, this preamplifier stands as a true masterpiece, seamlessly blending traditional vacuum tube technology with cutting-edge features for an unparalleled listening experience.

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McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier with Headphone Amplifier

Key Features:

  • 5 analog inputs (1 balanced, 2 unbalanced, 2 phono)
  • (4) 12AX7a vacuum tubes for unparalleled warmth and clarity
  • High Drive headphone amplifier for a captivating personal listening experience
  • Optional dealer installed upgrade to DA2 Digital Audio Module for future-proof versatility

The McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier stands as a testament to the artistry of audio engineering. Designed with a meticulous focus on delivering an unparalleled sonic experience, this preamplifier is a symphony of sophistication and precision. The incorporation of four 12AX7a vacuum tubes imparts a warm, rich character to your audio, capturing every nuance and subtlety in your favorite music. Whether you are a vinyl enthusiast with a cherished record collection or a digital music aficionado, the C8 caters to your diverse audio needs with its array of inputs, including balanced and unbalanced options, as well as dedicated phono inputs for both Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges.

The McIntosh C8 isn't just a pinnacle of current audio technology; it's a future-proof investment. Embrace the evolution of digital audio with the optional dealer-installed DA2 Digital Audio Module. This module elevates the C8's capabilities, providing seven digital inputs, including USB, coaxial, optical, and MCT, accommodating high-resolution audio playback with ease. The Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit DAC ensures a pristine audio signal, revealing the true depth and clarity of your digital music. The C8 seamlessly integrates into your home audio setup, offering a High Drive headphone amplifier for personal listening, and features like Home Theater PassThru and Data Ports for convenient system integration and control. Elevate your audio sanctuary with the McIntosh C8 – a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of traditional audio, delivering an immersive, transcendent listening experience. Contact your local dealer to embark on a journey into the heart of audio perfection.

McIntosh C8 Specifications:

Electronic Specifications:

  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.08%
  • 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 (Balanced / Unbalanced): 900mV / 450mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil): 0.45mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet): 4.5mV
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level): 95dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil): 75dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet): 80dB
  • Voltage Gain (High Level): 15dB
  • Voltage Gain (Moving Coil): 75dB
  • Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet): 55dB
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 44K ohm, 22K ohm

Connectivity:

  • Balanced Input: 1
  • Unbalanced Input: 2
  • Phono Input Moving Coil: 1 (adjustable)
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes (DA2 can be installed)
  • Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive
  • Home Theater PassThru: Yes
  • Control Inputs: RS232, Power Control, Rear Panel Data Port, Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

Control:

  • Tone Controls: Bass and Treble
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign: Yes
  • Power Control Output: 1 Main, 2 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port: 2
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: Yes

General Specifications:

  • Single-Chassis Design
  • Vacuum Tube Technology
  • Power Consumption (On): 50 Watts

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 12-9/32" x 7-5/8" x 16-1/4"
  • Unit Weight: 18 lbs
  • Shipping Weight: 25 lbs

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Product Description

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The McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier is a sonic marvel that transcends expectations, delivering an exquisite audio experience that will captivate even the most discerning audiophiles. Its four 12AX7a vacuum tubes infuse a warmth and richness to the sound, elevating the listening experience to new heights. With versatile connectivity options, an optional digital audio upgrade, and meticulous craftsmanship, the C8 stands as a true masterpiece, seamlessly blending traditional vacuum tube technology with cutting-edge features to create a preamplifier that defines audio excellence.
Get the Details
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NUMBER OF CHANNELS
2
ANALOG IN
3
DIGITAL IN
Optional Ad-on
ANALOG OUT
3
DIGITAL OUT
Optional Ad-on
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
12-9/32" (31.2cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)
NUMBER OF CHANNELS
2
ANALOG IN
3
DIGITAL IN
Optional Ad-on
ANALOG OUT
3
DIGITAL OUT
Optional Ad-on
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
12-9/32" (31.2cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)
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Expert Insight

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The McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier sounds wonderful with its four 12AX7a vacuum tubes, delivering a captivating warmth and richness to every note. Meticulously crafted and offering versatile connectivity options, this preamplifier stands as a true masterpiece, seamlessly blending traditional vacuum tube technology with cutting-edge features for an unparalleled listening experience.

Expert Img
Nate M
Brand Manager
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Details

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McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier with Headphone Amplifier

Key Features:

  • 5 analog inputs (1 balanced, 2 unbalanced, 2 phono)
  • (4) 12AX7a vacuum tubes for unparalleled warmth and clarity
  • High Drive headphone amplifier for a captivating personal listening experience
  • Optional dealer installed upgrade to DA2 Digital Audio Module for future-proof versatility

The McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier stands as a testament to the artistry of audio engineering. Designed with a meticulous focus on delivering an unparalleled sonic experience, this preamplifier is a symphony of sophistication and precision. The incorporation of four 12AX7a vacuum tubes imparts a warm, rich character to your audio, capturing every nuance and subtlety in your favorite music. Whether you are a vinyl enthusiast with a cherished record collection or a digital music aficionado, the C8 caters to your diverse audio needs with its array of inputs, including balanced and unbalanced options, as well as dedicated phono inputs for both Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges.

The McIntosh C8 isn't just a pinnacle of current audio technology; it's a future-proof investment. Embrace the evolution of digital audio with the optional dealer-installed DA2 Digital Audio Module. This module elevates the C8's capabilities, providing seven digital inputs, including USB, coaxial, optical, and MCT, accommodating high-resolution audio playback with ease. The Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit DAC ensures a pristine audio signal, revealing the true depth and clarity of your digital music. The C8 seamlessly integrates into your home audio setup, offering a High Drive headphone amplifier for personal listening, and features like Home Theater PassThru and Data Ports for convenient system integration and control. Elevate your audio sanctuary with the McIntosh C8 – a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of traditional audio, delivering an immersive, transcendent listening experience. Contact your local dealer to embark on a journey into the heart of audio perfection.

McIntosh C8 Specifications:

Electronic Specifications:

  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.08%
  • 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 (Balanced / Unbalanced): 900mV / 450mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil): 0.45mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet): 4.5mV
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level): 95dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil): 75dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet): 80dB
  • Voltage Gain (High Level): 15dB
  • Voltage Gain (Moving Coil): 75dB
  • Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet): 55dB
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 44K ohm, 22K ohm

Connectivity:

  • Balanced Input: 1
  • Unbalanced Input: 2
  • Phono Input Moving Coil: 1 (adjustable)
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes (DA2 can be installed)
  • Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive
  • Home Theater PassThru: Yes
  • Control Inputs: RS232, Power Control, Rear Panel Data Port, Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

Control:

  • Tone Controls: Bass and Treble
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign: Yes
  • Power Control Output: 1 Main, 2 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port: 2
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: Yes

General Specifications:

  • Single-Chassis Design
  • Vacuum Tube Technology
  • Power Consumption (On): 50 Watts

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 12-9/32" x 7-5/8" x 16-1/4"
  • Unit Weight: 18 lbs
  • Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
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