McIntosh C2800 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier (In-Store Purchases Only)

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C2800 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier (In-Store Purchases Only)

Introducing the McIntosh C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, a testament to audio passion and engineering precision. Crafted for discerning audiophiles and music enthusiasts, this masterpiece embodies unparalleled performance woven into its very fabric, proudly bearing the McIntosh name.

At its core, the C2800 features meticulously designed vacuum tube circuitry that virtually eliminates noise and distortion, ensuring an immersive listening experience that surpasses expectations. Its four vacuum tubes, visible through a sleek glass panel, deliver a rich, detailed soundstage that captivates the senses.

Unrivaled Connectivity
With an impressive array of inputs, including 9 analog and 7 digital inputs (16 in total), the C2800 serves as the central hub of your home audio system. Featuring 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced analog inputs, along with 2 versatile phono inputs configurable for Moving Coil or Moving Magnet cartridges, this preamplifier accommodates diverse audio sources with ease.

The DA2 Digital Audio Module, powered by a Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit DAC, complements the C2800 with 7 digital inputs including HDMI ARC for enriched TV sound integration and decoding capabilities up to 24-bit/192kHz for high-resolution audio playback.

Innovative Outputs
The C2800 offers advanced connection flexibility with 3 sets of variable balanced and unbalanced outputs, enabling seamless integration with power amplifiers and multiple audio systems simultaneously. Its unique filtering capabilities and bi-amping support allow for personalized optimization, ensuring an unparalleled audio experience tailored to your preferences and speaker specifications.

Processor Loop Integration
Reintroducing the Processor Loop feature, the C2800 facilitates seamless integration of external signal processors or devices, enhancing performance and convenience without compromising audio quality. Whether connecting analog tape recorders or high-end cassette decks, the Processor Loop adds versatility and functionality to your audio setup.

Network Connectivity and Control
Experience enhanced control and connectivity through the McIntosh Connect app, compatible with Android and Apple devices. Unlocking a range of control options, including volume adjustments, input/output selection, and source control for select McIntosh components, the app adds convenience and accessibility to your audio system. Additionally, network connectivity enables firmware updates for ongoing performance enhancements and feature additions.

Elevate your audio journey with the McIntosh C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, where passion meets precision for an unparalleled listening experience.


Electronic Bass and Treble Circuitry: Adjust low and high frequencies in precise 1dB steps.

Tone Control Circuitry Memory: The C2800 remembers your tone control circuitry bypass setting for each input.

High Drive Headphone Amplifier: Features Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology for enhanced headphone listening.

Home Theater PassThru: Seamless integration into your home theater system.

Roon Tested Designation: Received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.

Power Control: Easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off.

Data Ports: Send remote control commands to connected source components.

Electromagnetic Input Switching: Reliable, noiseless, and distortion-free switching.

Level Trim Adjustment: Match analog input levels to prevent abrupt changes in volume levels.

Precision Balanced Attenuator: Digitally controlled attenuator system for accurate volume control with 0.1dB accuracy.

Fully Regulated Power Supplies: Includes a special R-core power transformer for stable, noise-free operation.
Eco-friendly Power Management: Automatically turns the unit off after 30 minutes of inactivity (can be disabled).

McIntosh Connect App
Each supported McIntosh product offers a tailored in-app experience that highlights and grants access to key features such as:
• Product Discovery and Onboarding
• Volume Control
• Input Selection
• Tone Control
• Output Switching
• Balance Adjustment
• Input Trim Level
• Network Setup and Configuration
• Firmware Updates

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McIntosh Connect includes a dedicated interface for indirect control of other select McIntosh source components. The source component(s) must be connected to a Data Port on the Supported Product and properly configured in order to receive commands from the app. Please consult the Supported Product's Owner's Manual for additional information.

  • 16 inputs: 7 analog, 2 phono, 7 digital
  • 4 Vacuum Tubes: (3) 12AX7A and (1) 12AT7
  • Dedicated Subwoofer output
  • Controllable by McIntosh Connect app
  • Includes Processor Loop
  • Supports 24-bit/192kHz and DSD512 files
  • Roon Tested