BRAND: McIntosh

SERIES: C8 Preamplifier
TYPE: Preamplifier


  • The C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier has an open chassis industrial design similar to our popular MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, MC830 Solid State
  • Amplifier, and MA252 and MA352 Integrated Amplifiers.
  • Powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages.
  • Comes with 1 balanced and 2 unbalanced analog inputs, plus 1 Moving
  • Coil and 1 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-audioready as our DA2 Digital Audio Module can be installed in it as an optional dealer installed upgrade.
  • The DA2 has 7 digital inputs: 2 coax, 2 optical, 1 USB, 1 MCT (for use with our line of SACD/CD Transports), 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 our 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.
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Frequency Response:
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
+0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz

Total Harmonic Distortion:
0.08% Maximum from 20Hz to 20kHz

2 Unbalanced
1 Balanced
1 Moving Coil (adjustable)
1 Moving Magnet (adjustable)

2 Unbalanced
1 Balanced

Maximum Output Voltage:
Balanced: 16 Vrms
Unbalanced: 8 Vrms

Tone Controls:
Bass and Treble (adjustable)

Overall Dimensions (W x H x D):
2-9/32” (31.2cm) x 7-5/8” (19.4cm)
x 16-1/4” (41.3cm)

18 lbs (8.2 kg) net, 25 lbs (11.3 kg) in shipping carton