C22 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

2017 Editors' Choice
Award Winner
- The Absolute Sound

2016 Product of the Year
- The Absolute Sound

Golden Ear Award Winner
- The Absolute Sound

Featuring a cool, 1960s retro design, the C22 has been updated to modern standards to deliver a performance on par with any other McIntosh preamp​. Electromagnetic input switching provides reliable, noiseless and distortion free operation. Low distortion levels of all types are less than 0.08%, allowing music to be presented with total transparency and accuracy.

"Absolutely lovely, completely involving and beautiful... Everybody should hear it just to experience how beautiful music reproduction in the home can be." - The Absolute Sound

A total of 10 inputs include 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced along with Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono input sections with selectable resistance and capacitive loading so every phono cartridge and turntable​ can be perfectly matched to produce the best sound. Outputs are comprised of 1 set of balanced and 3 sets of unbalanced connections. Bass and Treble tone controls with bypass feature allow you to listen to your favorite songs at your preferred tonal balance. Power control outputs will turn a complete McIntosh system on or off using the front panel or remote control.

"A beautiful 'you are there' quality to the music." - Enjoy The Music

While featuring a retro look, timeless McIntosh design cues such as a partial black glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps allows the C22 to seamlessly blend in with other McIntosh components to create one cohesive system. Contact your local dealer​ to learn more.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Electronic Specifications

Total Harmonic Distortion

0.08%

Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -1dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz

Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)

16/8 V RMS

Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)

20K ohm, 20K ohm

Phono Voltage Gain

60dB

High Level Voltage Gain

15dB

Signal To Noise Ratio

98dB

Dual Mono Power Supply

No

Dual Mono, Fully Balanced

No

Connectivity

Balanced Input

2 Stereo

Unbalanced Input

6 Stereo + 2 Phono

Phono Input Moving Coil

1 (adjustable)

Phono Input Moving Magnet

1 (adjustable)

Digital Coaxial Input

0

Digital Optical Input

0

Digital MCT (DIN) Input

0

Digital USB Input

0

Digital AES/EBU Input

0

Balanced Fixed Output

0

Balanced Variable Output

1 Stereo

Unbalanced Fixed Output

1 Stereo

Unbalanced Variable Output

2 Stereo

Headphone Output

1/4"

Record Processor Loop

Yes

Input Level Match

No

Home Theater Pass Through

No

Control

Tone Controls

Bass and Treble

Tone Bypass and Input Assign

Bypass: Yes
Input Assign: No

RS232 Control Input

No

Power Control Output

2 Main, 2 Switched

Rear Panel Data Port

8

Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

No

General Specifications

Multi-Chassis or Single

Single

Output Meters

No

Vacuum Tube or Solid State

Tube, 6 ea. 12AX7a

Power Consumption (On)

75 watts

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

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

Weight

27 lbs (12.25kg)

Shipping Weight

43.4 lbs (19.68kg)

Product Literature


C22 Preamplifier Brochure (2.05 MB) (3/9/2015) Download


User Documents


C22 Preamplifier Owner's Manual (4.97 MB) (2/12/2015) Download


C22 Preamplifier Connection Diagram (1.44 MB) (2/12/2015) Download


HR085 Remote Control Learning Guide (4.34 MB) (7/28/2015) Download


Important Additional Operation Information Guide (4.91 MB) (9/21/2016) Download


Featured Products In This Category

C1100

2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

  • Separate audio & control sections
  • 12 analog inputs including MC & MM phono

D1100

2-Channel Digital Preamplifier

  • Reference level digital preamp and DAC
  • Use as standalone unit or with C1100

C52

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • Supports DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256 files
  • 8 band analog equalizer; 16 inputs

C2600

2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

  • Supports DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256 files
  • Upgraded tube circuitry design

C47

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • Supports DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256 files
  • 7 analog and 5 digital inputs

MP1100

2-Channel Vacuum Tube Phono Preamplifier

  • Fully balanced phono stage
  • 5 equalization curves; 2 noise filters

MP100

2-Channel Phono Preamplifier

  • Moving Coil & Moving Magnet inputs
  • Analog outputs + USB for ripping to computer

C22

2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

  • Retro styling, modern performance
  • 10 inputs, 4 outputs

D150

2-Channel Digital Preamplifier

  • Supports DSD and DXD
  • 2 Coax, 2 Optical, 1 USB Input

C2500

2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

  • Combines legendary McIntosh tube sound with digital high resolution audio playback

C48

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • 5 band tone controls
  • Analog inputs
Recommended Products

MC75

1-Channel Vacuum Tube Amplifier

  • 75 Watts x 1 channel
  • Vacuum tube design

D150

2-Channel Digital Preamplifier

  • Supports DSD and DXD
  • 2 Coax, 2 Optical, 1 USB Input

MCT450

2-Channel SACD/CD Transport

  • ​Balanced, coax, optical & DIN outputs
  • Compatible with all common disc types

MT5

2-Channel Precision Turntable

  • ​High output moving coil
  • Includes dust cover

MHP1000

Headphones

  • Smooth, full bodied, non-fatiguing response
  • Closed headphone design

XR100

Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

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