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McIntosh C12000ST Preamplifier Module (75th Anniversary Edition)

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McIntosh C12000ST Overview

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Model: C12000ST-AN | UPC: 842548113954


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Product Information

Model: C12000ST-AN | UPC: 842548113954

C12000ST 75th Anniversary Edition

In honor of this momentous occasion, McIntosh presents the special C12000 75th Anniversary Edition. Each chassis boasts a distinctive dual anodized laser-engraved badge proudly displaying their 75th Anniversary logo on the top, while each handle is engraved with a graceful "75 years" inscription. This exclusive edition is a celebration of McIntosh's relentless pursuit of excellence. All performance specifications, functionality, and dimensions of the anniversary edition are the same as the non-anniversary version.


  • 75th Anniversary Edition
  • Hybrid Drive™
  • Separate audio & control sections
  • 12 analog inputs including 2 configurable phono inputs
  • Offers both solid state and vacuum tube output
  • Fully balanced circuitry

Maximum Control and Configurability

The C12000 Preamplifier is the next generation of McIntosh's acclaimed two-chassis preamplifier design. The two-chassis design allows the audio section to be completely separated from the control and power sections. The absolute isolation of a preamplifier's two main functions – control and sound – is achieved by this unusual but effective design. Splitting these primary purposes of a preamplifier up into separate chassis will deliver the purest sound reproduction possible.

Controller Module and Preamplifier Module

The C12000 is comprised of the C12000 Controller module and the C12000 Preamplifier module. All power control, data ports, and external control connections are located in the C12000 Controller. Dual isolated power supplies drive the left and right channels, while a dual microprocessor gives robustness to the control system. The C12000 Preamplifier houses the audio connections and circuitry. 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. Although 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 C12000 Controller front panel.


A total of 12 analog inputs1 are located in the C12000 Preamplifier module: six balanced, four unbalanced, and two unbalanced phono inputs. The phono inputs are no longer set up as dedicated for Moving Coil or Moving Magnet cartridges; instead, both are configurable as either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet with adjustable Capacitance and Resistance Loading, along with adjustable Gain in 6dB steps from 40dB to 64dB. This provides maximum flexibility for you to configure the C12000 to best fit your turntable(s), cartridge(s), and vinyl record collection.


For connecting the C12000 to your amplifier(s) and the rest of your home music system, there are four total outputs: one balanced vacuum tube; one balanced solid state; one fixed unbalanced; and one programmable unbalanced (can be either vacuum tube or solid state). The amount of user adjustments available on the two phono inputs and all the outputs represent a new level of customization in McIntosh preamplifier design, allowing you maximum flexibility in how you want to configure your audio system.

Hybrid Drive

The C12000 includes McIntosh's Hybrid Drive™ technology that uses the best of vacuum tubes and solid state to produce the best sound performance. The C12000 Preamplifier module offers both vacuum tube and solid state output, allowing you to decide which to use based on the music being played, the audio components in the rest of your home audio system, and your sound preferences. All outputs are driven by discrete amplifiers. For vacuum tube output, six tubes or valves power the high-level preamplifier section with two 12AT7 tubes and one 12AX7A tube assigned to each the left and right channel. Solid state output is via a discrete balanced op-amp.


The amplifier circuit has a high common mode rejection, so any noise introduced by interconnect cables is significantly reduced. For personal listening, McIntosh's high output High Drive headphone jack is included, while the user selectable Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings an added depth and spatiality to your music. The C12000 can be seamlessly integrated into your existing multi-channel home theater system via the Home Theater Pass Through feature.


With classic McIntosh black glass front panels, blue meters, knobs, stainless steel chassis, illuminated logos, and custom machined brushed aluminum handles, the C12000 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, media streamers and other source components to make a complete home audio system. 


  • Frequency Response:
    • +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
    • +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion:
    • High Level: 0.005%
    • Phono: 0.05%
  • Maximum Output Voltage:
    • Balanced: 20 Vrms
    • Unbalanced: 10 Vrms
  • Signal to Noise Ratio:
    • High-Level: 107dB
    • Phono (Moving Coil): 79dB
    • Phono (Moving Magnet): 83dB
  • Inputs:
    • 6 Balanced
    • 4 Unbalanced
    • 2 Phono (configurable as either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet)
  • Outputs:
    • 1 Balanced (Solid State)
    • 1 Balanced (Vacuum Tube)
    • 1 Unbalanced (Fixed)
    • 1 Unbalanced (configurable as either Solid State or Vacuum Tube)
  • Overall Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Each module: 17.5” (44.45cm) x 6” (15.24cm) x 18” (45.7cm)
  • Weight:
    • C12000C: 27 lbs (12.3 kg) net, 42 lbs (19.5 kg) in shipping carton
    • C12000ST: 25 lbs (11.3 kg) net, 40 lbs (17.7 kg) in shipping carton

What's In The Box

  • C12000ST Preamplifier Module (75th Anniversary Edition)
  • Remote Control
  • Owner's Manual
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