McIntosh reveals two-chassis preamplifier

McIntosh has launched the C12000, its next-generation preamplifier which features a unique two-chassis design to isolate the audio section from the control and power sections for improved sound quality.

The new C12000 preamplifier has 12 analogue inputs, plus six balanced, four unbalanced and two phono inputs to offer both valve and solid-state output for more flexibility when partnering other equipment.

The two-chassis design includes the C12000 Controller Module and C12000 Preamplifer Module. The C12000 Controller Module houses all power control, data ports and external control connections, where dual isolated power supplies drive the left and right channels, while a dual microprocessor governs the control system.

The audio connections and circuitry reside in the C12000 Preamplifier Module. Inside, the left and right channels are electrically and mechanically isolated to allow true dual-mono operation for stereo separation and signal purity.

The two modules are connected via high-performance umbilical cables which are specifically designed to prevent outside noise from leading into the audio signal.

McIntosh has increased the user adjustment option in the new preamplifier compared to other McIntosh models. Giving the customer greater levels of personal customisation, the C12000 benefits from programmable phono inputs with adjustable capacitance and resistance-loading for greater compatibility with turntables. The phono stage utilises four 12AX7A valves (two per channel), in a fully balanced configuration with RIAA equalisation.

Matching any of McIntosh’s Quad Balanced amplifiers, the C12000 has fully balanced circuitry. It benefits from classic features, such as the iconic black glass front panels with blue meters and custom-machined brushed-aluminium handles. The two units are housed in a stainless-steel chassis with a polished mirror finish and hairline brushed black titanium stainless steel.

Orders are being taken now with shipping expected to begin early next year. It is priced at £8,495 per unit and £16,990 for the complete preamplifier.