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McIntosh - C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

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C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

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The McIntosh C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier combines classic design with contemporary audio engineering to deliver unparalleled musical fidelity. Perfect for the discerning audiophile who values both aesthetic and acoustic excellence, the C8 is a testament to McIntosh's commitment to quality and innovation.

Build Quality and Design

Featuring a retro-inspired design, the C8 sports a stainless steel chassis complemented by a vintage black glass front panel and tactile control knobs. This preamplifier is equipped with the iconic McIntosh illuminated logo and classic tube cages, showcasing the warm glow of the vacuum tubes that form the heart of its operation. The build quality is robust, designed to minimize vibrations and external interferences that could affect sound quality.

Circuit Design

The C8 is powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes, carefully selected for their superior audio qualities. These tubes provide a rich, and detailed sound that tube aficionados love. The C8 features a purely analog design with no digital circuits, ensuring that the audio signal remains as pure as possible. The preamplifier includes McIntosh's High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®), allowing for an enhanced private listening experience.

Key Specifications

  • Tubes: 4 x 12AX7a
  • Inputs: 3 unbalanced, 2 balanced, 1 Moving Coil, 1 Moving Magnet
  • Outputs: 2 unbalanced, 1 balanced
  • Headphone Amplifier: High Drive with HXD®
  • Control: Data Ports, Power Control, IR Sensor
  • Dimensions: (W x H x D)12-9/32" (31.2cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)
  • Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg)

Sound Quality

The C8 delivers a dynamic and immersive audio experience characterized by natural sound and sonic depth. The tube configuration enriches the sound profile, enhancing the emotional impact of music, while its meticulous circuit design preserves the clarity and detail of the original recordings.

Why Choose the McIntosh C8?

The McIntosh C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier is an exceptional choice for audiophiles seeking a combination of vintage aesthetics, modern performance, and exceptional sound quality. It offers the warmth of tube amplification while providing the flexibility and control needed for a high-end audio system.