C500 Tube or Solid State Preamplifier
The new McIntosh C500 Stereo Preamplifier is a no-holds-barred, fully-balanced, dual-mono design with separate power supplies. Available with solid-state or tube preamplifier modules, the C500 preamplifier marries outstanding audio performance with flexible user-programmability in a stunning two-chassis solution.
At its heart are dual R-Core transformers that anchor a massive power supply, providing the audio circuits with clean, rock-solid power enough to handle even the most demanding musical passages with ease. Three balanced inputs, four single-ended inputs and two processor loops guarantee the flexibility necessary for operation with the finest source components. Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono preamplifiers are supported in both the solid-state and tube preamplifier modules.
ADVANCED VOLUME CONTROL
The McIntosh two stage VRV (Variable Rate Volume) Control is electronic in action. It never wears or needs cleaning, and keeps channels matched to within an amazing 1/10th of 1dB.
The inputs can be renamed from an internal list to match the needs of the user. Unused inputs can be deleted from the display and level matching between inputs is provided.
POWER SUPPLY DESIGN
Multiple stages of regulation ensure top performance unaffected by power fluctuations. The R-Core transformer radiates no hum that could otherwise compromise the preamplifier’s low noise floor.
- Tube or Solid State
- MM and MC Phono Inputs
- Switched Data Output Ports
- Four Power Control Outputs
- Output Level Meters
- Pass Thru Mode
- A¼” Front Panel Headphone Jack
C500P: +0, -0.5dB from 10Hz to 40kHz
C500T: +0, -0.5dB from 10Hz to 20kHz
TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
C500P: 0.002% max from 20Hz to 20kHz
C500T: 0.05% from 20Hz to 20kHz
MAXIMUM VOLTAGE OUTPUT
C500P: 12V RMS Unbalanced, 25V RMS Balanced
C500T: 10V RMS Unbalanced, 20V RMS Balanced
C500P and C500T: High Level, 22k ohms
Phono MM, 47k ohms; 50 to 750pF, in 50pF steps
Phono MC, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1,000 ohms 100pF
C500P and C500T: 220 ohms
C500P: High Level, 450mV for 2.5V rated output
Phono MM, 4.5mV for 2.5V rated output
Phono MC, 0.45uV for 2.5V rated output
C500T: High Level, 450mV for 2.5V rated output
Phono MM, 4.5mV for 2.5V rated output
Phono MC, 0.45mV for 2.5V rated output
C500P: High Level 100dB; Phono 88dB
C500T: High Level 93dB; Phono 80dB
MAXIMUM INPUT SIGNAL
C500P and C500T: High Level, 5V Unbalanced,
10V Balanced Phono MM, 50mV; Phono MC, 5mV
C500P and C500T:
Phono, MC to Record Out: 60dB
Phono, MM to Record Out: 40dB
High Level to Record Out: 0dB
High Level to Main Out: 15dB
100 Volts, 50/60Hz, 75 Watts
110 Volts, 50/60Hz, 75 Watts
120 Volts, 50/60Hz, 75 Watts
220 Volts, 50/60Hz, 75 Watts
230 Volts, 50/60Hz, 75 Watts
240 Volts, 50/60Hz, 75 Watts
OVERALL DIMENSIONS (H x W x D including knobs, connectors and feet)
C500C, C500P and C500T: 6” (15.24cm) x 17-1/2” (44.45cm) x 24”(61cm)
C500C: 30.1 lbs. (13.65kg) net; 46.5 lbs. (21.09kg) in shipping carton
C500P: 25.1 lbs. (11.39kg) net; 41.5 lbs. (18.82kg) in shipping carton
C500T: 26.4 lbs. (11.97kg) net; 42.8 lbs. (19.41kg) in shipping carton.
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