McIntosh launches C47, a 12-input solid-state digital pre-amp

10th January 2016

McIntosh Laboratory has launched the C47, a 12-input solid-state digital pre-amp. It offers a built-in phono stage for the direct connection of turntables, a headphone stage with McIntosh’s proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) plus four digital inputs.

It’s compatible with the latest 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 24bit/192kHz resolution. For 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. Bass and treble tone controls are available for fine tuning.

The C47 incorporates classic McIntosh design cues, including a black glass front panel, an illuminated logo and brushed-aluminium end caps. Price is £3,995.

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