McIntosh Labs Launches New C55 AND C2800 Preamplifiers

McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., today announces the launch of two new preamplifiers, the C55 Solid State Preamplifier, and the C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. 

The C55 Preamplifier is designed to captivate audiophiles, music enthusiasts, and devoted McIntosh aficionados and inherits the legacy of its predecessor, the C53, and features an 8-band analog equalizer that can be bypassed if desired.

At the heart of the C2800 lies four vacuum tubes, or valves, electronic bass and treble circuitry allow for volume level adjustments of low and high frequencies in precise 1dB steps. In addition, the C2800 remembers tone control circuitry bypass settings for each input.

Each preamplifier feature 16 inputs, including nine analogue and seven digital connections. From analog to digital, the C55 and C2800 accommodate many sources, including turntables via their adjustable phono inputs along with audiophile-grade DAC technology for digital audio conversion.


With three sets of stereo balanced and unbalanced outputs, the C55 and C2800 offer flexibility in connecting to power amplifiers. Their design allows for bi-amping configurations and personalized audio experiences tailored to each listener’s preferences. A Processor Loop, something not available on the last few generations of McIntosh preamplifiers, makes its return and allows for easy integration of external processors.

In addition to using the included remote control or the front panel controls, users can have the option to connect the C55 and C2800 to their home network through the new complimentary McIntosh Connect app that is available for both Android and Apple devices. With the Connect app, users can control key functions, receive firmware updates, and enhance the listening experience with added convenience. 


Additional Features

High Drive Headphone Amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) / Home Theater PassThru for integration into home theater systems / Has received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs / Power Control allows users to easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off / Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components / Electromagnetic Input Switching for reliable, noiseless, and distortion-free switching / Level Trim Adjustment for matching analog input levels to prevent abrupt changes in volume levels / Precision balanced, digitally controlled attenuator system for accurate volume control with 0.1dB accuracy / Fully regulated power supplies and a special R-core power transformer for stable, noise-free operation / Eco-friendly Power Management System that will turn the unit off after 30 minutes of inactivity (can be disabled).

Availability and Pricing 

The C55 Solid State Preamplifier and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier are available for purchase through authorized McIntosh dealers. Contact your local dealer to embark on an audio adventure like never before. Both units will be available in March for $9,000 USD each.