McIntosh Announces C8 Valve Preamplifier and MC830 Solid State Amplifier
McIntosh has taken the wraps off its new C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier and MC830 Solid State Amplifier.
They may have stolen their mid-century styling cues, but this is a very modern duo. Here you're offered direct turntable connectivity via MM and MC phono inputs, digital readiness for McIntosh's (optional) multi-input DA2 DAC module, plus a high-quality headphone amplifier.
C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
The C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier is powered by four 12AX7a valves, housed inside the unmistakably McIntosh protective cages.
The C8 boasts both balanced and unbalanced inputs, as well as that phono stage with adjustable loading. Bass and treble tone controls help with different environments, whereas the nameable inputs will help you find your away around the amp. You can even add a powered subwoofer.
If you choose to add McIntosh's optional DA2 Digital Audio Module to the package, you get seven digital inputs, too. As well as the proprietary MCT (for use with McIntosh's line of SACD/CD transports), the module brings two coaxial, two optical, one USB, and one audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection.
McIntosh's High Drive headphone amplifier is included and promises to drive most cans. Finally, the C8 also offers Home Theater Pass Through, enabling the amp to be integrated into home cinema systems. Plus its Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.
MC830 Solid State Amplifier
The MC830 (monoblock) is a powerful solid-state amplifier and sports the iconic Dual Scale Watt meter readout of power output; the MC830's direct-coupled output design offers 300 watts (8 Ohms).
The amp benefits from both balanced and unbalanced inputs and features several proprietary McIntosh technologies. For instance, the MC830's Power Guard tech monitors the amplifier's output signal to protect against overdrive; if necessary, the amplifier makes real-time micro-adjustments to the input signal to prevent clipping (distortion).
Additionally, Sentry Monitor's fuse-less short-circuit protection disengages the MC830's output stage before the current exceeds safe operating levels; it resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal.
Orders can be placed now for the C8 priced at AUD $6,995 RRP and MC830 at $8,495 RRP each (or $16,990 pair) with shipping expected to begin in October.