McIntosh Labs C22 2-Channel Classic Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Product Information

Featuring a cool, 1960s retro design, the C22 has been updated to modern standard to deliver a performance on par with any other McIntosh preamp. Electromagnetic input switching provides reliable, noiseless and distortion-free operation. Low distortion levels of all types are less than 0.08%, allowing music to be presented with total transparency and accuracy.

A total of 10 inputs include 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced along with Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono input sections with selectable resistance and capacitive loading so every phono cartridge and turntable can be perfectly matched to produce the best sound. Outputs are comprised of 1 set of balanced and 3 sets of unbalanced connections. Bass and Treble tone controls with bypass feature allow you to listen to your favorite songs at your preferred tonal balance. Power control outputs will turn a complete McIntosh system on or off using the front panel or remote control.

While featuring a retro look, timeless McIntosh design cues such as a partial black glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps allows the C22 to seamlessly blend in with other McIntosh components to create one cohesive system.



McIntosh Labs C22 Preamplifier Specifications:


  • Ultra Low Distortion: 0.08%
  • Frequency Response:
    • +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    • +0, -1dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz
  • Maximum Volts Out (Balanced/Unbalanced): 16/8 V RMS
  • Input Impedance (Balanced/Unbalanced): 20K ohm, 20K ohm
  • Phono Voltage Gain: 60dB
  • High Level Voltage Gain: 15dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 98dB
  • Dual Mono Power Supply: No
  • Dual Mono, Fully Balanced: No


  • Headphone Output: Yes 1/4"
  • Inputs Unbalanced: 6 Stereo + 2 Phono
  • Inputs Balanced: 2 Stereo
  • Variable Outputs Unbalanced: 3 Stereo
  • Variable Outputs Balanced: 1 Stereo
  • Digital USB Input: 0
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 0
  • Digital Optical Input: 0
  • Digital Din Input: 0
  • Phono Moving Magnet: Yes, adjustable loading
  • Phono Moving Coil: Yes, adjustable loading
  • Record Processor Loop: Yes
  • Input Level Match: No
  • Home Theater Pass-Through: No


  • Tone Controls: Bass and Treble
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign:
    • Bypass: Yes
    • Input Assign: No
  • RS232 Control Input: No
  • Power Control Output: 2 Main, 2 Switched
  • Rear Panel Data Ports: Yes, 8
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: No


  • Multi-Chassis or Single: Single
  • Output Meters: No
  • Tube or Solid State: Tube, 6 ea. 12AX7a
  • On, Power Consumption: 75 watts

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
  • Weight: 27 lbs (12.25kg)

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