McIntosh C2700 Preamplifier

$16,495

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.

C2700 Stereo Pre-Amplifier

Following in a long line of revered McIntosh vacuum tube preamplifiers is the C2700 Tube Preamplifier. Using our well-established vacuum tube topology, the C2700 also features our advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module technology to combine cutting edge digital music capabilities with time tested vacuum tube performance.

A worthy successor to our popular DA1 Digital Audio Module, the DA2 features an expanded set of capabilities. The DA2 offers 7 digital inputs including all the same connections found on the DA1 (2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 MCT) plus a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 connection. TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output can be connected to the C2700 to enjoy your TV’s sound through your home audio system. Popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® are supported and will be expertly converted to 2-channel audio for proper playback. The C2700 remote can control the TV’s power and volume when CEC communication is enabled in both the preamplifier and the TV. Besides these new HDMI (ARC) features found in the DA2, its USB input has increased DSD playback support up to DSD512 compared to the DSD256 limit of the DA1.

The DA2 is powered by a next generation, audiophile-grade, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-analogue Converter (DAC) that has improvements in both dynamic range and total harmonic distortion compared to the DA1. The coax and optical inputs in the DA2 can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz for playback of high resolution audio. Finally, the DA2 has a McIntosh exclusive MCT input that offers a secure DSD connection to any of our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports to deliver the best possible sound quality of the high definition audio from your SACDs.

For analogue music, the C2700 has 9 inputs comprised of 3 balanced connections, 4 unbalanced connections, along with 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs for connecting a turntable or two. With a total of 16 inputs, the C2700 has a virtually infinite number of inputs to connect all your music sources. Our dual chassis design keeps the analogue and digital sections separate to prevent signal corruption. Outputs include 3 variable balanced and 3 variable unbalanced plus 1 fixed unbalanced connection.

Bass and treble tone controls are included and can be adjusted in 2dB increments. The ¼” headphone jack is powered by our High Drive Headphone Amplifier which can power almost any pair of headphones; Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) is included and brings an added dimension to your personal listening session when activated. Home theatre Pass Through allows the C2700 to be seamlessly integrated into your home theatre system. Power Control ports let you easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off, while the Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.

All the C2700’s audio technology is packed inside the timeless McIntosh design highlighted by a black glass front panel backlit by direct LED lighting, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo, aluminum end caps and a polished stainless steel chassis. The 6 alluring vacuum tubes can be viewed through a glass panel located on the top of the preamplifier. It can be paired with an assortment of amplifiers, CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers, room correction devices and power controllers, and speakers to complete your home audio system. 

SPECIFICATIONS

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION

0.08%

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100,000Hz

MAXIMUM VOLTS OUT (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)

16/8 V RMS

INPUT IMPEDANCE (BALANCED / UNBALANCED)

44K ohm, 22K ohm

PHONO VOLTAGE GAIN

Moving Magnet: 40dB
Moving Coil: 60dB

HIGH LEVEL VOLTAGE GAIN

To Main Output: 15dB
To Fixed Output: 0dB

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO

100dB

80db (Moving Coil)

82db (Moving Magent)

 

CONNECTIVITY

HEADPHONE OUTPUT

Yes 1/4", High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)

INPUTS UNBALANCED

4 Stereo + 2 Phono

INPUTS BALANCED

3 Stereo

VARIABLE OUTPUTS UNBALANCED

3 Stereo

VARIABLE OUTPUTS BALANCED

3 Stereo

DIGITAL USB INPUT

1 (accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz; supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz)

DIGITAL COAXIAL INPUT

2

DIGITAL OPTICAL INPUT

2

DIGITAL MCT INPUT

1

PHONO MOVING MAGNET INPUT

Yes, adjustable 

PHONO MOVING COIL INPUT

Yes, adjustable 

RECORD PROCESSOR LOOP

No

INPUT LEVEL MATCH

Yes, +/- 6dB

HOME THEATRE PASS THROUGH

Yes

 

CONTROL

TONE CONTROLS

Bass and Treble

TONE BYPASS AND INPUT ASSIGN

Yes

RS232 CONTROL INPUT

Yes

POWER CONTROL OUTPUT

1 Main, 4 Trigger

REAR PANEL DATA PORTS

6

REAR PANEL IR SENSOR INPUT

Yes

 

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

MULTI-CHASSIS OR SINGLE

Single, two layer

OUTPUT METERS

Yes

TUBE OR SOLID STATE

Tube, 5 x 12AX7a, 1 x 12AT7

ON, POWER CONSUMPTION

50 watts

 

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)

17.5" (44.45cm) x7.625" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)

WEIGHT

29.5 lbs (13.4kg)

SHIPPING WEIGHT

45 lbs (20.4 kg)

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