McIntosh C8 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Stereo Preamplifier with Digital Audio Module

Model: C8 UPC: 842548109810 Item: 175362

Product Information


  • The C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier has an open chassis industrial design similar to McIntosh's popular MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, MC830 Solid State Amplifier, and MA 252 and MA352 Integrated Amplifiers.
  • Powered by fou 12AX7a vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages.
  • Comes with 1 balanced and 2 unbalanced analog inputs, plus 1 Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs with adjustable loading. 1 balanced and 2 unbalanced outputs.
  • Does not come equipped with any digital inputs, but it is digital-audio-ready as the DA2 Digital Audio Module can be installed in it as an optional upgrade.
  • The DA2 has 7 digital inputs: 2 coax, 2 optical, 1 USB, 1 MCT, and 1 audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) 1 connection. Supports up to DSD512.
  • Bass and treble tone controls help fine-tune your music to your personal preferences.
  • Comes with a High Drive headphone amplifier that has plenty of power and flexibility to drive a wide range of headphones.
  • Power Control can automatically turn other connected McIntosh components on and off. Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.




  • Electronic Specifications
    • Number of Channels: 2
    • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.08%
    • 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): 95dB
    • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil): 75dB
    • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet): 80dB
    • Voltage Gain (High Level): 15dB
    • Voltage Gain (Moving Coil): 75dB
    • Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet): 55dB
    • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 44K ohm, 22K ohm
  • Connectivity
    • Balanced Input: 1
    • Unbalanced Input: 2
    • Phono Input Moving Coil: 1 (adjustable)
    • Phono Input Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
    • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module: Yes: DA2 can be installed
    • Digital Coaxial Input: 0
    • Digital Optical Input: 0
    • Digital MCT (DIN) Input: 0
    • Digital USB Input: 0
    • HDMI (ARC) Input: 0
    • Digital AES/EBU Input: 0
    • Balanced Fixed Output: 0
    • Balanced Variable Output: 1
    • Unbalanced Fixed Output: 0
    • Unbalanced Variable Output: 2
    • Headphone Output: 1/4" High Drive
    • Input Level Match: Yes, +/- 6dB
    • Home Theater PassThru: Yes
    • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type: Standard
    • Service Port: 1
  • Control
    • Tone Controls: Bass and Treble
    • Tone Bypass and Input Assign: Yes
    • RS232 Control Input: Yes
    • Power Control Output: 1 Main, 2 Trigger
    • Rear Panel Data Port: 2
    • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: Yes
  • General Specifications
    • Multi-Chassis or Single: Single
    • Output Meters: No
    • Vacuum Tube or Solid State: Vacuum Tube
    • Power Consumption (On): 50 Watts
  • Weights & Dimensions
    • Dimensions (W x H x D): 12-9/32" x 7-5/8" x 16-1/4"
    • Weight: 18 lbs 

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • Remote
  • Manual


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