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The McIntosh C22 Mk V is a premium vacuum tube preamplifier that offers outstanding performance, a retro design, and all analog circuitry. It is the direct replacement for the highly regarded C70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier and carries the coveted C22 model number. The unit boasts a signature glass and aluminum front panel design that is both stylish and timeless, making it an excellent addition to any home audio system.
One of the standout features of the C22 Mk V is its use of one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes, which can be seen through a glass panel located on the top of the preamp. These tubes provide exceptional warmth, depth, and clarity to your music, giving you an immersive listening experience that is second to none.
The C22 Mk V also comes equipped with a range of inputs, including two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, and one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet phono input. This gives you a total of seven inputs to connect a variety of devices to your preamplifier. The unit also features two pairs of balanced and unbalanced output connections, allowing you to send signals to two separate power amplifiers.
Bypassable bass and treble tone controls are located on the front panel and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. The phono inputs also come with separate rotary knobs that let you adjust impedance and capacitance to ensure the best possible sound quality. In addition to setting the listening level, the volume knob can also be used to adjust the relative volume balance between the left and right audio channels.
The ¼” headphone jack is powered by McIntosh's High Drive headphone amplifier and features their proprietary Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology. HXD improves the sound localization for headphone listening by restoring the directionality component of the sound stage that's normally only heard from loudspeakers. This means you can enjoy your music with incredible detail and accuracy, even when using headphones.
The C22 Mk V also comes with McIntosh's Power Control technology, which features four ports that can automatically turn other connected McIntosh components such as amplifiers, CD players or turntables, on and off. Data ports are also present and can control basic functions of connected McIntosh source components via the included remote control.
The C22 Mk V is housed in a stunning polished stainless steel chassis and features the timeless McIntosh illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminum end caps. With its retro black glass and aluminum front panel design, the C22 Mk V will fit right in with McIntosh home audio systems of any era – from the 1950s to current day. It is an award-winning product that has been recognized for its outstanding equipment and ability to provide precious pleasure. Moreover, it will fit most loudspeakers nicely, even the most demanding ones.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a top-of-the-line vacuum tube preamplifier with a retro look and all analog design, the McIntosh C22 Mk V is an excellent choice. With its exceptional performance, variety of inputs and features, and timeless design, it's sure to impress even the most discerning audiophile.
All analog design with one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes for exceptional performance
Two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, and one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet phono input for a total of seven inputs
Bypassable bass and treble tone controls and adjustable impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs
High Drive headphone amplifier with HXD technology for immersive headphone listening
McIntosh's Power Control technology with four ports to automatically turn other connected McIntosh components on and off