McIntosh C49 Preamplifier (In-Store Purchases Only)

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McIntosh C49 Preamplifier

Be prepared for future digital music technologies with the C49 Preamplifier. The C49 features our DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by new modules as new digital audio technologies are developed. This will allow you to keep your C49 up to date with digital music formats and viable well into the future.

"Digital was clean, but not harsh, imaging and soundstage were good, and after a download of McIntosh USB drivers the DA1 ran with no issues. You would have to buy a pretty stellar stand alone DAC to outperform the DA1, in my opinion. Maybe you’d even pay prices that would rival the cost of the entire C49 before getting something well above what it can do." Winner of 2021 Editors Choice Award for Preamplifiers. - Part-Time Audiophile

The C49 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs. As a Roon Tested partner, McIntosh has provided equipment to Roon for testing with a variety of different operating systems and computers, and shared information about its design and capabilities.

McIntosh C49 Preamplifier
The C49 comes complete with classic McIntosh design staples such as a black glass front panel, knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. Pair it with a variety of amplifiers, turntables, CD players, tuners, speakers, power controllers and room correction devices to make a complete home audio system.

2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
- 13 inputs (7 analog + 6 digital)
- Supports up to DSD256 files
- Comes with DA1 Digital Audio Module installed
- Optional dealer installed upgrade to DA2 Digital Audio Module available

  • - Number of Channels 2
  • - Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
  • - Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced): 16V RMS / 8V RMS
  • - Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced): 900mV / 450mV
  • - Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level): 100dB
  • - Voltage Gain (High Level): 15dB
  • - Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): 44K ohm, 22K ohm
  • - Multi-Chassis or Single: Single, two layer
  • - Power Consumption (On): 30 Watts
Weight & Dimensions

- Unit Dimensions (W x H x D):
17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.2cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
- Unit Weight: 23 lbs (10.4 kg)
- Shipping Weight: 37.5 lbs (17 kg)


- Balanced Input: 2
- Unbalanced Input: 3
- Phono Input Moving Coil: 1 (adjustable)
- Phono Input Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
- Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
Yes: DA1
- Digital Coaxial Input: 2
- Digital Optical Input: 2
- Digital MCT Input: 1
- Digital USB Input: 1
- Balanced Variable Output: 2
- Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
- Unbalanced Variable Output: 2
- Service Port: 1