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Mcintosh C-22 MK V Tube Preamplifier

SKU: C-22 MK V

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This newest version of our C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier - the Mk V - is the direct replacement to our highly regarded C70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which commemorated our 70th Anniversary that took place in 2019. The new C22 Mk V is the latest McIntosh vacuum tube preamplifier to carry the cherished C22 model number. It has all the performance of the acclaimed C70 but with the hallowed C22 moniker and its signature glass and aluminum front panel design.

The C22 Mk V uses one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes which can be seen through a glass panel located on the top of the preamp. Knobs and rocker switches operate all control functions while modern LED lights indicate input selection and volume level. The C22 Mk V has two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet phono inputs, for a total of seven inputs. There are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced output connections; the two outputs allow sending signals to two separate power amplifiers.

Bypassable bass and treble tone controls are located on the front panel and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs can also be adjusted via separate rotary knobs. In addition to setting the listening level, the volume knob can also be used to adjust the relative volume balance between the left and right audio channels. The ¼" headphone jack is powered by our High Drive headphone amplifier and features our Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) technology. HXD improves the sound localization for headphone listening by restoring the directionality component of the sound stage that's normally only heard from loudspeakers.

McIntosh Laboratory is a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, including amplifiers, preamplifiers, receivers, and speakers. The company was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh, and is based in New York, USA.

McIntosh is known for its iconic design, featuring blue backlit watt meters on its amplifiers, and its commitment to quality, with all of its products built in the USA and tested by hand before leaving the factory.

McIntosh's amplifiers, such as the MC452 and MC312, are highly regarded for their power and sound quality, and their ability to drive a wide range of speakers. The company's preamplifiers, such as the C2700 and C53, are also highly regarded for their ability to deliver an extremely detailed and transparent sound.

McIntosh's receivers, such as the MX170 and MX123, are designed to provide a high-quality audio experience in a single unit, with support for a wide range of audio and video sources.

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