McIntosh Launches New C55 And C2800 PreAmplifiers


The Next Generation C55 Solid State and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifiers
Offer An Enhanced, Connected Experience

BINGHAMTON, NY – March 14, 2024 – McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., the premiere name in audio excellence, proudly announces the launch of its latest masterpieces: the C55 Solid State Preamplifier and the C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Crafted for the most discerning audiophiles, these preamplifiers combine cutting-edge technology with timeless design, promising an unparalleled auditory journey.

C55 Solid State Preamplifier:

The C55 Preamplifier stands as the epitome of sonic excellence, designed to captivate audiophiles, music enthusiasts, and devoted McIntosh aficionados alike. As the torchbearer of innovation, it inherits the legacy of its multi award-winning predecessor, the C53, and elevates the home audio experience to new realms of audio nirvana. With precision engineering and craftsmanship, the C55 proudly claims its position as an industry leader.  The C55 features an 8-band analog equaliser to fine-tune music with precision, creating a personalised audio experience – and the equaliser can be bypassed if desired.

C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier:

The C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier embodies a fusion of audio passion and engineering precision, crafted to delight even the most discerning music lovers. The C2800 delivers a listening experience that transcends expectations, earning its place as a true McIntosh masterpiece. 

At the heart of the C2800 lies methodically designed vacuum tube circuitry. Leveraging the latest designs to all but eliminate noise and distortion, the C2800 reduces them to minuscule levels. Its four vacuum tubes, or valves, deliver a listening experience that exceeds expectations. The C2800 offers a tailored audio experience to optimise performance to each user’s individual specifications. Electronic bass and treble circuits allow for volume level adjustments of low and high frequencies in precise 1dB steps. In addition, the C2800 remembers tone control circuitry bypass settings for each input.

Shared C55 and C2800 Performance Features 

Each preamplifier boasts an impressive 16 inputs, including 9 analog and 7 digital connections, establishing either as the nerve centre of any audio system. From analog to digital, the C55 and C2800 accommodate a plethora of sources, including turntables via their adjustable phono inputs along with premium-grade DAC technology for exquisite digital audio conversion.

With three sets of stereo balanced and unbalanced outputs, the C55 and C2800 offer unmatched flexibility in connecting to power amplifiers. Their innovative design allows for bi-amping configurations and personalised audio experiences tailored to each listener’s needs and personal preference. A Processor Loop, something not available on the last few generations of McIntosh preamplifiers, makes its return and allows for seamless integration of external processors.

In addition to using the included remote control or front panel controls, users will have the option to connect the C55 and C2800 to their home network and unlock a world of control possibilities through the new complementary McIntosh Connect app;  available for both Android and Apple devices. With the Connect app, users can seamlessly control key functions, receive firmware updates, and enhance the listening experience with a whole new level of convenience. 

Additional Features

  • High Drive Headphone Amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology brings an added dimension to headphone listening.

  • Home Theater PassThru for seamless integration into home theatre systems.

  • “Roon Tested” designation received from Roon Labs. 

  • Power Control allows users to easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off.

  • Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.

  • Electromagnetic Input Switching for reliable, noiseless, and distortion-free switching. 

  • Level Trim Adjustment for matching analogue input levels to prevent abrupt volume changes.

  • Precision balanced, digitally controlled attenuator system for accurate volume control with 0.1dB accuracy.

  • Fully regulated power supplies and a special R-core power transformer for stable, noise-free operation.

  • Eco-friendly Power Management System that will turn the unit off after 30 minutes of inactivity (can be disabled).

Availability and Pricing 

The C55 Solid State Preamplifier and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier are available for purchase through authorised McIntosh dealers. Contact your local dealer to embark on an audio adventure like never before.

Both units will be available in March for £11,995 inc. VAT each / 11.990€ / $9,000 USD



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