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McIntosh Laboratory has launched the new C47, a flexible 12-input digital preamp that
combines contemporary technology with the core values of the iconic brand. The C47 has
been designed to offer huge flexibility with both digital and analogue source components.
It offers a high-quality built-in phono stage for the direct connection of turntables, an
advanced headphone stage with McIntosh’s proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director
(HXD®), plus four digital inputs.
The C47 is compatible with the latest high-resolution audio formats via its USB input,
including DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 along with DXD 352.8kHz; its twin optical and single
coaxial inputs can decode at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. For optimum SACD playback,
the C47 preamp can also connect digitally to McIntosh’s recently launched MCT450
SACD/CD transport via its ‘MCT input’, creating a secure, custom DSD connection.
For analogue sources, the C47 includes two balanced and three unbalanced (fully
assignable) inputs, plus Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs. All inputs are
available all of the time – even those that have been assigned to individual devices, giving
genuine flexibility of configuration.
With such a wide variety of source component connectivity, the C47 sensibly offers bass and
treble tone controls for fine tuning. Further features include the aforementioned
Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®), which brings an added dimension to headphone
listening, while the C47’s Home Theatre Pass Through feature permits seamless integration
into multichannel A/V systems.
The C47 incorporates classic McIntosh design cues, including a black glass front panel, an
illuminated logo and brushed-aluminium end caps. It combines McIntosh’s contemporary
solid-state preamplifier circuitry with a full complement of inputs and is perfectly suited to
exploiting the full potential of today’s digital devices, while delivering the legendary
McIntosh sound quality. Like all McIntosh products, the C47 is handcrafted in the
Binghamton factory (New York) and boasts classic 1950s styling with contemporary features
Price and availability
The C47 sells for £3,995 and will be available in the UK in October/November
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