MCINTOSH C49 PREAMP BOASTS FUTURE-PROOF DAC AND IMPRESSIVE CONNECTIVITY
McIntosh unleashes the C49 Preamp which features an upgradable DAC module, making it virtually futureproof.
McIntosh has launched what it is classing as “one of the world's most versatile and future-resistant preamps”. The C49 stands as a high-performance preamp that combines 'plug and play' turntable compatibility with an upgradable high-resolution DAC.
The six-input DA1 module can be replaced by the latest McIntosh digital audio modules as new technologies and formats emerge. Something to keep in mind as this means the £5,495 preamp should resist obsolescence.
The C49 boasts an impressive 13 inputs. Thankfully, each of those inputs can be assigned a custom-defined name to simplify system set up and control. For the analogue inputs, the C49 has two balanced, three unbalanced, one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet.
For digital, you get two coaxial, two optical, one USB and one proprietary MCT (for use with McIntosh's MCT-enabled SACD/CD transports) in the DA1 module. The upgradable digital to analogue module is powered by an advanced eight-channel 32-bit DAC (run in Quad Balanced mode) which supports high-resolution audio including DXD 384kHz and up to DSD256.
The C49 has two balanced variable outputs, a pair of unbalanced variable outs, and one unbalanced fixed output; the outputs are designed for easy use when bi-amping speakers so that neither the highs or lows are inadvertently turned off.
Additionally, you can fine-tune bass and treble output via tone controls.
You can integrate the C49 into a home cinema system via the Home Theater Pass Through. Furthermore, Power Control ports allow for the triggering of other connected McIntosh components. Also, the C49's Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.
Finally, there's the High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) for more personal listening.
Of course, there are the McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, distinctive knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminium end-caps.
Pricing and availability
Orders for the £5,495 C49 can be placed with Authorised McIntosh dealers now.
UK shipping June/July; the United States shipping May 2019; the rest of the world shortly after that.
For more details, head over to McIntosh.
StereoNET UK’s Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He’s captained the good ship GadgetyNews for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.
Get the latest.
Sign up to discover the best news and reviews from StereoNET UK in our FREE Newsletter.
Absolute Sounds North West Audio Show 2019 Demo System Revealed
Mitchell & Johnson S800 Full Series Production Debut With CD Player at North West Audio Show, Cranage 2019
YBA Genesis CD4 Top Loading CD Player Review
AudioQuest Mythical Creatures and Folk Heroes Speaker Cable Series Announced
Esse Quadro L'Una 146 Bookshelf Speakers New Black Finish
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 true-wireless in-ear headphones boast 45 hours stamina and a £120 Saving on Apple...
High End Munich 2019 Show Report Part 3 - The Canadian Invasion and More
High End Munich 2019 Show Report Part 4 - Levitating Turntables, Amazing Portable Audio and Immersive Home...
Volumio Motivo All-in-One Streamer Just Needs Your Input
High End Munich 2019 Show Report Part 5 - Electrostatics, Eco-friendship, More Horns and Head-Fi