McIntosh C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

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Model: C49 UPC: 842548108691 Item: 173109

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Be prepared for future digital music technologies with the C49 Preamplifier. The C49 features McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by new modules as new digital audio technologies are developed. This will allow you to keep your C49 up to date with digital music formats and viable well into the future.


  • DA1 Digital Audio Module
  • Supports DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256 files
  • 7 analog and 6 digital inputs

The C49 comes with a multitude of inputs. For analog, it has 2 balanced and 3 unbalanced, along with 2 phono inputs (comprised of 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet) for connecting turntables. On the digital side, it has 6 inputs housed in the DA1 module. The inputs are: 2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB, and 1 proprietary MCT (for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports). The DA1 is powered by an 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that is used in Quad Balanced mode; it supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for playback of high resolution audio. In total, the C49 has 13 inputs, and each can be given user-friendly names to simplify system setup and control.

For connecting to your amplifier and the rest of your home audio system, the C49 has 2 balanced variable outputs, 2 unbalanced variable outputs, and 1 unbalanced fixed output. The outputs are designed for easy use when bi-amping your speakers so that neither your highs or lows are inadvertently turned off. Your audio sources can be fine tuned via the bass and treble tone controls. The C49 can be seamlessly integrated into your home theater system via Home Theater Pass Through. Power Control ports allow for the easy turn on/turn off of other connected McIntosh components, while the Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components. Our High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) is also included.

The C49 comes complete with classic McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. Pair it with a variety of amplifiers, turntables, CD players, tuners, speakers, power controllers, and room correction devices to make a complete home audio system.

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  • Number of channels: 2
  • Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%
  • Frequency response
    • +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
    • +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
  • Maximum volts out (balanced/unbalanced): 16V RMS/8V RMS
  • Sensitivity high level (balanced/unbalanced): 900mV/450mV
  • Sensitivity phono (moving coil): 0.45mV
  • Sensitivity phono (moving magnet): 4.5mV
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (high level): 100dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (moving coil): 80dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (moving magnet): 82dB
  • Voltage gain (high level): 15dB
  • Voltage gain (moving coil): 60dB
  • Voltage gain (moving magnet): 40dB
  • Input impedance (balanced/unbalanced): 44k-ohms, 22k-ohms
  • Balanced input: 2
  • Unbalanced input: 3
  • Phono input moving coil: 1
  • Phono input moving magnet: 1
  • Upgradeable digital audio module: Yes DA1
  • Digital coaxial inputs: 2
  • Digital optical inputs: 2
  • Digital MCT (DIN) input: 1
  • Digital USB input: 1
  • Balanced variable output: 2
  • Unbalanced fixed output: 1
  • Unbalanced variable output: 2
  • Headphone output: 1/4" high drive with headphone crossfeed director (HCD)
  • Input level match: Yes +/-6dB
  • Service port: 1
  • Power control output: 1 Main, 2 Trigger
  • Rear panel data port: 4
  • Power consumption: 30W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.5" x 6" x 18"
  • Weight: 23 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • C49 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
  • Remote control
  • Manual


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Prop 65 Warning

WARNING: California Residents - Proposition 65. This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to