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McIntosh C55  2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
McIntosh C55  2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
McIntosh C55  2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
McIntosh C55  2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
McIntosh C55  2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

McIntosh C55 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

Rs. 934,900.00

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·         16 inputs: 7 analog, 2 phono, 7 digital

·         Dedicated Subwoofer output

·         Controllable by McIntosh Connect app

·         Includes Processor Loop and 8-band analog equalizer

·         Supports 24-bit/192kHz and DSD512 files

·         Roon Tested

The C55 Preamplifier is a pinnacle of sonic excellence designed for audiophiles, music enthusiasts, and dedicated McIntosh fans alike. As a torchbearer of innovation, it takes the baton from its predecessor, the multi award-winning C53, and propels your home audio experience into new realms of audio nirvana. With precision and craftsmanship, the C55 proudly takes its place as a true industry leader.


With a staggering 16 inputs (9 analog and 7 digital), the C55 becomes the nerve center of your audio universe. Analog inputs include 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced connections, along with 2 phono inputs configurable for either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet phono cartridges to connect your turntable(s). Both phono inputs feature adjustable Gain in 6dB steps from 40dB to 64dB as well as RIAA equalization.

The digital section is housed in our DA2 Digital Audio Module and is powered by an audiophile-grade Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). The DA2 offers an array of connections, including an audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 input, ushering your TV sound into a new era through your home stereo system. Dolby® and DTS® multi-channel audio formats are expertly converted to exquisite two-channel audio for a captivating listening experience.


To connect the C55 to your power amplifier(s), there are 3 stereo sets of variable balanced and unbalanced outputs that offer advanced connection flexibility. All 3 sets of outputs can be active at the same time, and each can send the audio signal of the source component to 3 separate audio systems.

Additionally, the Main output and Output 1 can be used for bi-amping a single speaker system via the built-in adjustable High Pass and Low Pass filters. In this setup, the High Pass outputs could be connected to a vacuum tube amplifier, and the Low Pass outputs could be connected to a solid-state amplifier. The adjustable crossover allows you to optimize the performance of your amplifiers to your speaker’s specifications and to your listening preferences. Output 1 offers trim level control, which allows two different amplifiers to be volume balanced when bi-amping.


The C55 features the return of the Processor Loop, something not available on the last few generations of McIntosh preamplifiers. The Processor Loop allows you to insert an external signal processor (such as our MQ112 Environmental Equalizer or MEN220 Room Correction System), dynamic range expanders, or other devices without having to place it between the preamplifier and power amplifier(s). This is usually more convenient and can allow for better performance.


·         8-band analog equalizer to fine-tune your music with precision, creating a personalized audio experience (the equalizer can be bypassed if desired).

·         High Drive Headphone Amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology brings an added dimension to headphone listening.

·         Home Theater PassThru for seamless integration into your home theater system.

·         Has received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.

·         Power Control lets you easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off.

·         Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.

·         Electromagnetic Input Switching for reliable, noiseless, and distortion-free switching.

·         Level Trim Adjustment for matching analog input levels to prevent abrupt changes in volume levels.

·         Precision balanced, digitally controlled attenuator system for accurate volume control with 0.1dB accuracy.

·         Fully regulated power supplies and a special R-core power transformer for stable, noise-free operation.

·         Eco-friendly Power Management System that will turn the unit off after 30 minutes of inactivity (can be disabled)


·         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

·         Balanced Input - 3

·         RS232 Control Input - Yes

·         Power Consumption (On) - 75 Watts

·         Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) - 17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.625" (19.4cm) x 16.5" (41.9cm)

·         Unit Weight - 28 lbs (12.5 kg)


·         McIntosh C55  2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

·         Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty

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