MP1100 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Phono Preamplifier

The MP1100 Vacuum Tube Phono Preamplifier will give vinyl lovers a new level of musical enjoyment and exhilaration. It’s filled to the brim with everything you need to not only play new records or pressings from the early days of vinyl, but it will also get every last musical note and nuance out of them – including some you may have never heard before.

"Phono stages: I dream about them, but I never had a dream like this. The new MP1100 phono stage from McIntosh is quite unlike anything that would pop into my head in the middle of the night, but McIntosh does a lot of things differently – and also very well. Their new MP1100 phono stage... is both fascinating and impressive... a phono stage that has it all." - Hi-Fi World

The MP1100 is designed first and foremost for analog audio and achieves our most accurate equalization ever. It utilizes four 12AX7A vacuum tubes, with 2 tubes used per channel in a fully balanced configuration – making it our very first fully balanced vacuum tube phono stage. For those with multiple turntables or tonearms, there are 3 sets of RCA phono inputs; XLR connectors are also available on 1 of the inputs. All phono inputs allow for adjusting both resistance (7 settings) and capacitance (8 settings). For ease of use, it comes pre-programmed with profiles for Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges as well as the McIntosh MT10 and MT5 turntables. Five additional profiles are included that are fully customizable and can be assigned to any phono input. RIAA, LP, NAB, AES and 78 analog equalization curves are included.

The MP1100 exhibits "an absolute accuracy in the timbre," making it sound very close to the real instrument. Winner of Top Quality Award. - Fedeltà del Suono

"The MP1100 transformed itself into a time machine... I was sitting not just in the front row, but right beside Carole King and James Taylor, totally immersed in the music." - Part-Time Audiophile

Two fairly rare but highly useful analog filters are built-in: a Rumble Filter helps remove noise that may have seeped into a song during the recording process; while a Scratch Filter can help restore the sound of frequently-played records that may have become a little worn, or records that may have some damage. Adjustable gain from 40dB to 64dB allows for further customization, while a Mono setting permits proper playback of mono recordings. In addition, there’s a pair each of balanced and unbalanced high level inputs for connecting other sources. For connecting to the rest of your audio system, there are a pair each of balanced and unbalanced stereo outputs.

"It’s one of a kind... very easy to use and to configure... from an acoustic point of view... [it] is the best phono preamplifier" from McIntosh. - Suono

Not to completely overlook the merits of digital audio, the MP1100 has an optical, coaxial and USB output. These digital outputs are fixed at 24-bits and can be set to either 96kHz or 192kHz. When used with a properly configured conversion program, the USB output can be used to “rip” your albums to your computer. Our digital output clipping indicator will notify you when distortion caused by loud sections in a song is being recorded to the file, allowing you to adjust your settings in order to create pristine, distortion free digital versions of your albums. For pure analog use, the digital outputs can be completely disabled and powered down.

"A serious stand-alone phonostage... Perhaps one of the quietest all tube phonostages we’ve heard... For someone wanting a reasonably priced, all-encompassing vinyl playback and archiving workstation with multiple turntables, the MP1100 is without peer." - Tone Audio

To combat noise, the MP1100 features a dual mono design with the left and right audio channels electrically and mechanically isolated from each other while the power supplies are electronically separated. It can be paired with any preamplifier, integrated amplifier or home theater processor that includes volume control. An ideal match is our C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier which also has a dual mono design; both also share the same polished stainless steel and hairline brushed black Titanium stainless steel chassis to create a cohesive appearance. Classic McIntosh design cues complete the MP1100. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

Electronic Specifications

Total Harmonic Distortion

Phono: 0.02%
High Level: 0.005%

Frequency Response

+/-0.2dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0.2, -3dB from 10Hz to 50,000Hz

Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)

20/10 V RMS

Input Impedance

Resistance: 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 1k or 47k Ohms
Capacitance: 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350 or 400pF
High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced): 100k Ohms / 50k Ohms

Phono Voltage Gain

Selectable: 40dB, 46dB, 52dB, 58dB or 64dB

Signal To Noise Ratio

Moving Coil: 80dB
Moving Magnet: 84dB
High Level: 118dB

Maximum Input Signal (Moving Coil)


Maximum Input Signal (Moving Magnet)


Maximum Input Signal (Balanced)


Maximum Input Signal (Unbalanced)


Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)


Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)


Sensitivity (Balanced)


Sensitivity (Unbalanced)


Rated Output

4V Balanced
2V Unbalanced

Output Impedance

200 Ohms Balanced
100 Ohms Unbalanced

Phono Equalization Curves

5: RIAA, LP, NAB, AES and 78

Noise Filters

2: Rumble and Scratch

Phono Profiles

Pre-programmed: 4
User Programmable: 5


Phono Input Moving Coil


Phono Input Moving Magnet


Phono Input Universal

3 (2 sets of RCA only inputs and 1 set of RCA or XLR inputs); each can be configured for either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet cartridges; all inputs adjustable

Balanced Line Input

1 Stereo

Unbalanced Line Input

1 Stereo

Balanced Fixed Output

1 Stereo

Unbalanced Fixed Output

1 Stereo

Digital Coaxial Output


Digital Optical Output


Digital USB Audio Output


Unbalanced Analog Connector Type

Premium gold-plated solid brass


Power Control Input


Power Control Output


Digital Audio Specifications

Digital Output Sample Rate

Optical: PCM - 24-bit/96kHz or 192kHz
Coaxial: PCM - 24-bit/96kHz or 192kHz
USB: PCM - 24-bit/96kHz or 192kHz

General Specifications

Multi-Chassis or Single


Output Meters


Vacuum Tube or Solid State

Vacuum Tube, (4) 12AX7A

Power Consumption (On)

50 Watts

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17-1/2” (44.5cm) x 6” (15.2m) x 18” (45.7cm)


26 lbs (11.8 kg)

Shipping Weight

40 lbs (18.2 kg)

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