McIntosh C53 Preamplifier (In-Store Purchases Only)

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McIntosh C53 Preamplifier

The C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve in your home audio system for many years – even decades – all while delivering unmatched audio quality. Following the digital audio precedent set in our current solid state integrated amplifiers, the C53 stereo preamplifier features an upgradeable digital audio module. But unlike our integrated amplifiers that use our DA1 Digital Audio Module, the C53 is the first to use our new, more advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module.

The C53 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.

All this audio technology is packaged inside the C53’s classic McIntosh design featuring a black glass front panel backlit by direct LED lighting, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. An attractive polished stainless steel chassis finishes the distinguished look. It can be paired with an assortment of amplifiers, CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers, room correction devices and speakers to complete your home audio system.

2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier
- 16 inputs (9 analog + 7 digital)
- 8 band analog equalizer
- Supports up to DSD512 files
- Comes with DA2 Digital Audio Module installed

  • - 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 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
- Unit Weight: 28 lbs (12.5 kg)
- Shipping Weight: 43.5 lbs (19.7 kg)


- Balanced Input: 3
- Unbalanced Input: 4
- Phono Input Moving Coil: 1 (adjustable)
- Phono Input Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
- Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
Yes: DA2
- Digital Coaxial Input: 2
- Digital Optical Input: 2
- Digital MCT Input: 1
- Digital USB Input: 1
- HDMI (ARC) Input: 1
- Balanced Variable Output: 3
- Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
- Unbalanced Variable Output: 3
- Input Level Match: Yes, +/- 6dB
- Home Theater PassThru: Yes
- Service Port: 1