McIntosh C52

$12,495

Brand McIntosh

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The C52 is the most advanced, single chassis solid state preamplifier we’ve ever made. This feature packed stereo preamp lets you connect virtually any of your analog components and digital music sources – including those that play the latest high resolution formats such as DSD files – to one easy-to-use device to enjoy them all. 

"You will rule your world with the C52. Cool as all this is, it sounds fantastic too. No one combines just the right amount of bling and performance as McIntosh – that’s why they are a legend." - Tone Audio 

For connecting analog devices, it includes 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced fully assignable inputs plus 1 each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs for connecting a turntable and enjoying your vinyl collection. On the digital side, it has 3 optical, 2 coaxial and 1 USB input. The optical and coax inputs will decode digital music at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high-resolution audio playback. The C52 is also capable of decoding and playing back DSD files for the latest in high fidelity performance; the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. An MCT input offers a secure, custom DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs when paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport to deliver the purest possible sound quality from your CD library. The C52 features a 24-bit/192kHz, DSD digital-to-analog-converter (DAC). 

"Smooth? You bet. Realistic timbre? Check. Instruments and voices sound staggeringly realistic with no edge or glare whatsoever? Got it." - Tone Audio 

"While this preamp provides a tidal wave of sound, it also shows off a good amount of detail... I keep hearing more stuff packed into the crevices of the music." - New Record Day


New to the C52 is that all inputs are available all of the time – even if you assign certain inputs to certain devices, giving you more freedom to configure your system the way you want. The outputs have also been updated to be easier to operate when bi-amping or tri-amping so that your highs and/or lows are not inadvertently turned off. An 8 band analog equalizer allows you to fine tune your various music sources just the way you like. For headphone listening, an added dimension can be brought to your music with the addition of Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®). The Home Theater Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your multi-channel home theater system

This "battleship of a preamplifier" has all the connections one could want "and then some... McIntosh has taken the term 'comprehensively equipped' and run with it, for maximum flexibility and future proofing... If you're looking to indulge in your music instead of the sound it makes, then the C52 and MC301 are 'strongly recommended.'" - Hi-Fi+

Specifications:

ELECTRONIC SPECIFICATIONS

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION

0.003%

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3dB from 10Hz 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 and Outputs 1 & 2: 15dB
To Fixed Output: 0dB

SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO

100dB

DUAL MONO POWER SUPPLY

No

DUAL MONO, FULLY BALANCED

No

CONNECTIVITY

BALANCED INPUT

3 Stereo

UNBALANCED INPUT

4 Stereo + 2 Phono

PHONO INPUT MOVING COIL

1 (adjustable)

PHONO INPUT MOVING MAGNET

1 (adjustable)

DIGITAL COAXIAL INPUT

2

DIGITAL OPTICAL INPUT

3

DIGITAL MCT (DIN) INPUT

1

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 AES/EBU INPUT

0

BALANCED FIXED OUTPUT

0

BALANCED VARIABLE OUTPUT

3 Stereo

UNBALANCED FIXED OUTPUT

1 Stereo

UNBALANCED VARIABLE OUTPUT

3 Stereo

HEADPHONE OUTPUT

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

RECORD PROCESSOR LOOP

No

INPUT LEVEL MATCH

Yes, +/- 6dB

HOME THEATER PASSTHRU

Yes

UNBALANCED ANALOG CONNECTOR TYPE

Premium gold-plated solid brass

CONTROL

TONE CONTROLS

8 band

TONE BYPASS AND INPUT ASSIGN

Yes

RS232 CONTROL INPUT

Yes

POWER CONTROL OUTPUT

1 Main, 4 Trigger

REAR PANEL DATA PORT

6

REAR PANEL IR SENSOR INPUT

Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

MULTI-CHASSIS OR SINGLE

Single, two layer

OUTPUT METERS

Yes

VACUUM TUBE OR SOLID STATE

Solid State

POWER CONSUMPTION (ON)

30 Watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)

17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)

WEIGHT

27.5 lbs (12.5 kg)

SHIPPING WEIGHT

43 lbs (19.5 kg)

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