C48 Preamplifiers

With unprecedented flexibility and control, C48 redefines what a value preamp should be. Moving coil and Moving Magnet Phono sections combine with assignable digital inputs in the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary music sources. In C48 Dedicated USB input allows access to computer sourced music. Five band programmable tone controls allow personalized music correction. McIntosh C48 Audio Preamplifier ranks you at the very top among discriminating music listeners.

Electronic Specifications

Ultra Low Distortion

0.002%

Frequency Response, +0, -3dB

15Hz to 100,000Hz

Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)

16/8 V RMS

Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)

44K ohm, 22K ohm

Phono Voltage Gain

60dB

High Level Voltage Gain

15dB

Signal To Noise Ratio

100dB

Dual Mono Power Supply

No

Dual Mono, Fully Balanced

No

Connectivity

Headphone Output

Yes 1/4"

Inputs Unbalanced

6 Stereo + 2 Phono

Inputs Balanced

2 Stereo

Variable Outputs Unbalanced

2 Stereo

Variable Outputs Balanced

2 Stereo

Digital USB Input

1 (2.0, 32/192 Asynchronous)

Digital Coaxial Input

2

Digital Optical Input

2

Phono Moving Magnet

Yes, adjustable

Phono Moving Coil

Yes, adjustable

Record Processor Loop

No

Input Level Match

Yes, +/- 6dB

Home Theater Pass Through

Yes

Control

Tone Controls

Yes, 5 band

Tone Bypass and Input Assign

Yes

RS232 Control Input

Yes, 9 pin

Power Control Output

1 Main, 1 ACC, 2 Switched

Rear Panel Data Ports

Yes, 8

Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

Yes

General Specifications

Multi-Chassis or Single

Single, two layer

Output Meters

No

Tube or Solid State

Solid State

On, Power Consumption

30 watts

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.72cm)

Weight

26.5 lbs (12.0 kg)

Shipping Weight

41 lbs (18.6 kg)

Products In This System

MC302

2-Channel Amplifier

  • 300 Watts x 2 Channels
  • Differential Amplifier

C48

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • 5 band tone controls
  • Analog inputs

MCD550

2-Channel SACD/CD Player

  • ​8 Channel, 32 bit, 192kHz DAC
  • USB input for digital audio playback

MR88

AM/FM/XM/HD Tuner

  • Classic dial meter display
  • 20 presets per tuning mode

MEN220

Room Correction System

  • Works on 1/12 Octaves
  • 2-Way Electronic Crossover for Bi-amping

MPC1500

Power Controller

  • Isolation Transformer to Shield Components
  • Connect up to 12 components

XR100

Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 75 to 600 watts
  • Ported 4-Way Floor Standing
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XR100

Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 75 to 600 watts
  • Ported 4-Way Floor Standing

MEN220

Room Correction System

  • Works on 1/12 Octaves
  • 2-Way Electronic Crossover for Bi-amping

MPC1500

Power Controller

  • Isolation Transformer to Shield Components
  • Connect up to 12 components