BlackCircle , May 3, The effect is understated enough to leave on all the time. Humbuster , May 4, I loved the unit, and it was a great pleasure to own until I upgraded to a c There were detailed, tight and powerful low frequencies fortifying the foundation to the musical experience. After I carefully positioned a pair of loudspeakers I removed my usual pink noise CD and replaced it with music.

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So it would seem the company has, once again, adjusted to the call of the times. Regarding its ownership history, McIntosh was sold to Japanese car audio specialist Clarion in It deserves serious consideration.

McIntosh C2500 & MC452 preamplifier & power amplifier REVIEW

Mccintosh can always source the packaging and remote hell, I got 2 Mac remotes. Long Live Analog likes this. Once unpacked, audio components of extraordinary beauty are revealed, with clearly top-shelf fit and finish. Make sure the dealer upgrades the firmware to the newest from McIntosh.

The job was simple to do and it resolved my issue. Until McIntosh really improves their amplifiers to the current high end industry standard, the attractive design will be the only bait for new customers.

McIntosh C review | What Hi-Fi?

I owned the c for a few years, and it was my first McIntosh pre. Their software just isn’t great. Recommended resellers Excelia HiFiChrudim, tel. After I carefully positioned a pair of loudspeakers I mcintoeh my usual pink noise CD and replaced it with music. Put simply, a true balanced circuit provides significant noise rejection and distortion minimisation. No issues with my friends C A rubber-coated, back-lit full function remote control is included but, awkwardly, no batteries are supplied.


The C preamplifier is based on six 12AX7a valves and is full-featured to say the least. HumbusterMay 3, The C is an extremely versatile piece of equipment.

In thunderous music fortissimos of Beltrami’s World War Z soundtrack the preamp sounds thunderous, during lyrical themes the c250 sounds thunderous too.

The weight and mass was great but the articulation was missing. The rear of the amp sports a wealth of high-quality speaker binding posts 12 in total catering for 2- 4- and 8-ohms speaker loads of proprietary design and in gold livery — McIntosh provides a neat little tool to ncintosh tension and clear plastic covers with cable entry jcintosh for protecting the posts from possible short circuits, dust and curious little fingers.

A power-saving feature turns the amplifier off if no signal is present. The current band of solidly engineered components — still proudly manufactured in Binghamton, New York — exhibit a neutral sound signature but with a light peppering of legacy valve beauty, even on the solid state designs.

McIntosh C & MC preamplifier & power amplifier REVIEW | Sound+Image | Review | AVHub

If you plan to add a preamplifier to your system and McIntosh is only a consideration then consider twice. Yes, my password is: You would have trouble selling or trading in that preamp without those two items. Sometimes when firing it mcintoeh to play digital via USB there would be no sound. Make sure you have a big enough support for it — something that also leaves a good amount of space for air to flow, so preventing the preamp from getting too hot.


The preamplifier is controlled by a microprocessor chip that allows naming the inputs and outputs and adjust their sensitivity values. I loved the unit, and it was a great pleasure to own until I upgraded to a c Would love a c22, but no dealers nearby have one. Does it have warranty on it that becomes yours? Alongside those lovely meters you also have the option of having the valve compartment lit.

The sound of C is a bit darker then I am used to with nice tonal saturation.

The mcibtosh news here as far as features are concerned is the integrated digital-to-analogue conversion circuitry, with inputs for USB, coaxial and optical connectors. So actually it did what it was supposed