23rd September 2020
The C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier is also similarly sized to the MA252 Integrated Amplifier and is powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages.
The C8 comes with 1 x balanced and 2 x unbalanced analog inputs, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs with adjustable loading to play cherished vinyl collections.
All inputs can be given user-friendly names in order to simplify user control. Bass and treble tone controls help fine-tune your music to your personal preferences.
For outputs, it has 1 x balanced and 2 x unbalanced; 1 of the unbalanced outputs can be configured as a subwoofer output for use with a powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies.
Optional DA2 Module
While the C8 does not come equipped with any digital inputs from the factory, it is digital-audio-ready as McIntosh's DA2 Digital Audio Module can be installed in it (adding the DA2 is an optional dealer-installed upgrade). The DA2 has 7 x digital inputs: 2 x coax, 2 x optical, 1 USB, 1 MCT (for use with McIntosh's line of SACD/CD Transports), and 1 x audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection.
For personal listening, the C8 comes with McIntosh's High Drive headphone amplifier that has plenty of power and flexibility to drive a wide range of headphones.
Input selection, bass, treble, tone bypass, balance and input offset levels can be adjusted using the front panel knobs or the included remote control; all settings, volume level, and input selection will be shown on the front panel display.
The MC830 is a 1-Channel Solid State Amplifier that has a similar footprint to the MA252 Integrated Amplifier.
The MC830 is a direct-coupled output design that is rated at 300 Watts at 8 Ohms or 480 Watts at 4 Ohms. A fast-responding Dual Scale Watt meter gives an accurate readout of power output for both speaker impedances.
McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ add visual appeal and will keep the MC830 running cool for optimum performance. Both a balanced and unbalanced input is included for connecting it to the rest of your home music system.