McIntosh C1100T Preamplifier

$12,995

Brand McIntosh

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Preamplifiers act as a hub for the connection of all your other components. The rear panel of any McIntosh preamplifier will feature an enormous number of connections. They are there to accommodate all of your current and future needs.

At McIntosh, performance, ergonomics, and quality construction all play equally important roles. Nowhere is this more evident than in their preamplifiers and amplifiers.

They offer intuitive operation, and exude a quality feel and familiarity that’s welcoming.

Offered with both Solid-State and Tube-type circuits, all McIntosh preamplifiers are easy to operate, flexible, and offer the highest level of audio performance available.

C1100 Stereo Pre-Amplifier

The C1100 preamplifier brings a new level of performance and luxury to McIntosh’s heralded preamplifier offerings – evidenced by its high level inputs having t​he lowest noise of any McIntosh preamplifier ever produced. It utilizes a two-chassis design where the control and power sections are completely separate from the audio section. Absolute isolation of a preamplifier’s two main functions – control and sound – is achieved by this unusual but effective design and will provide you with the purest sound reproduction possible for generations of listening enjoyment. 

Winner of prestigious Grand Prix Award for its "rich and accurate body of sound." - Stereo Sound 

The C1100 is comprised of the C1100 Controller and the C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Inside each, the left and right channels are electrically and mechanically isolated from each other to allow true dual mono operation - resulting in the ultimate stereo separation and sonic purity. The two units are connected together via a pair of specially designed, high performance umbilical cables that are shielded to prevent outside noise from leaking into the audio signal. While they are two separate units, when connected they act as one and are easy to control and operate from the included remote control or the C1100 Controller front panel. Both units’ chassis are comprised of polished stainless steel and hairline brushed black Titanium stainless steel, offering a new degree of richness and refinement. 

"Distortion is very low indeed at just 0.00009 - 0.0005%." - Hi-Fi News 

All power control, data ports and external control connections are located in the C1100 Controller; the introduction of a dual microprocessor allows for an improved robustness of the control system. The C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier houses the audio connections and circuitry, featuring a total of 12 analogue inputs: 6 balanced, 4 unbalanced, plus adjustable loading Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono inputs. For outputs, 2 sets of balanced and 2 sets of unbalanced connections provide flexibility in connecting to your amplifier. Twelve vacuum tubes (6 each of 12AX7a and 12AT7) power the tube preamplifier. Compared to the C1000 preamplifier which had 8 tubes, the additional 4 tubes in the C1100 lowers its dependency on any solid-state support. The amplifier circuit has much higher common mode rejection, so any noise introduced by interconnect cables is significantly reduced. For personal listening, the headphone jack features a higher output than any of our other preamplifiers, while Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings a new depth and spatiality to your music. The Home theatre Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your existing multi-channel home theatre system. 

The C1100 preamplifier employs fully balanced circuitry to match the level of performance achieved in any of our Quad Balanced amplifiers. With classic McIntosh black glass front panels, blue meters, knobs, stainless steel chassis, illuminated logos and custom machined brushed aluminium end caps, the C1100 makes a visual statement in addition to its audio prowess. It can be paired with a variety of McIntosh amplifiers, speakers, room correction devices, CD players,turntables, tuners and other source components to make a complete home audio system.

SPECIFICATIONS

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION

High Level: 0.005%
Phono: 0.05%

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz

MAXIMUM VOLTS OUT (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)

20/10 V RMS

INPUT IMPEDANCE (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)

50K ohm, 25K ohm

PHONO VOLTAGE GAIN

Moving Magnet: 40dB
Moving Coil: 60dB

HIGH LEVEL VOLTAGE GAIN

To Main Output and Outputs 1 & 2: 15dB 
To REC/FIXED Output: 0dB

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO

107dB

DUAL MONO POWER SUPPLY

Yes

DUAL MONO, FULLY BALANCED

Yes

CONNECTIVITY

HEADPHONE OUTPUT

Yes 1/4", High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Selectable headphone impedances of: 16 ohms - 40 ohms, 40 - 150 ohms, 150 - 600 ohms

INPUTS UNBALANCED

4 Stereo + 2 Phono

INPUTS BALANCED

6 Stereo

VARIABLE OUTPUTS UNBALANCED

2 Stereo

VARIABLE OUTPUTS BALANCED

2 Stereo

DIGITAL USB INPUT

1 (for system update only)

DIGITAL COAXIAL INPUT

0

DIGITAL OPTICAL INPUT

0

DIGITAL MCT INPUT

0

PHONO MOVING MAGNET INPUT

Yes, adjustable 

PHONO MOVING COIL INPUT

Yes, adjustable 

RECORD PROCESSOR LOOP

Yes

INPUT LEVEL MATCH

Yes, +/- 6dB

HOME THEATRE PASS THROUGH

Yes

CONTROL

TONE CONTROLS

No

TONE BYPASS AND INPUT ASSIGN

No

RS232 CONTROL INPUT

Yes

POWER CONTROL OUTPUT

1 Main, 2 Switched, 4 Trigger

REAR PANEL DATA PORTS

8

REAR PANEL IR SENSOR INPUT

Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

OUTPUT METERS

C1100T: Yes

TUBE OR SOLID STATE

Tube, (6) 12AX7a and (6) 12AT7

ON, POWER CONSUMPTION

75 watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)

Each chassis:
17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.7cm)

WEIGHT

C1100T: 25 lbs (11.3 kg)

SHIPPING WEIGHT

C1100T: 39.5 lbs (17.9 kg)

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