C50 Preamplifiers

C50 is the first McIntosh preamplifier to combine stereo analog sources with four assignable digital inputs. Music stored on popular computer programs are available through dedicated USB input. Programmable Eight band tone controls allow for personalized audio shaping. C50 may be combined with a multi-channel system using the Home Theater Pass Through function.

Electronic Specifications

Total Harmonic Distortion

0.002%

Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3dB from 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

Balanced Inputs

2 Stereo

Unbalanced Inputs

6 Stereo + 2 Phono

Phono Moving Coil Input

1 (adjustable)

Phono Moving Magnet Input

1 (adjustable)

Digital Coaxial Input

2

Digital Optical Input

2

Digital MCT (DIN) Input

0

Digital USB Input

1 (2.0, 32/192 Asynchronous)

Digital AES/EBU Input

0

Balanced Fixed Outputs

0

Balanced Variable Outputs

3 Stereo

Unbalanced Fixed Outputs

1 Stereo

Unbalanced Variable Outputs

3 Stereo

Headphone Output

1/4"

Record Processor Loop

Yes

Input Level Match

Yes, +/- 6dB

Home Theater Pass Through

Yes

Control

Tone Controls

8 band

Tone Bypass and Input Assign

Yes

RS232 Control Input

Yes, 9 pin

Power Control Output

1 Main, 2 Switched, 2 Trigger

Rear Panel Data Ports

8

Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

Yes

General Specifications

Multi-Chassis or Single

Single, two layer

Output Meters

Yes

Tube or Solid State

Solid State

On, Power Consumption

30 watts

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)

Weight

28.5 lbs (12.9 kg)

Shipping Weight

44 lbs (20 kg)

Products In This System

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  • Illuminated speed meter

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  • Glass dial display

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  • USB input for digital audio playback

MEN220

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  • 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

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