McIntosh C2700 Tube Preamp shipping to UK in September

Upgradeable DAC extends preamp life

by Andy Bassett Aug 15, 2019 at 3:42 PM


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    McIntosh C2700 Tube Preamp shipping to UK in September
    McIntosh’s 16-input C2700 Vacuum Tube Preamp is only the second of the brand’s products to feature the future proofing capabilities of the upgradeable DA2 DAC.
    The latest in a line of vacuum tube preamplifiers, the C2700 takes 70 years of valve expertise and combines it with the latest in digital audio technology. In this case, that includes the upgradeable DA2 DAC module which comes included.

    Featuring many improvements over the existing DA1, the new DA2 module can be swapped out as inevitable audio technology improvements supersede its current capabilities. In this way, the C2700 remains up to date and relevant and your significant investment of £10,495 lasts longer.

    The DA2 has seven digital inputs including two coaxial, two optical (both 24-bit/192kHz resolution) and one USB. The seventh port is a proprietary MCT port, which offers a secure, custom DSD connection for high-quality SACD playback with McIntosh’s MCT series of SACD/CD transports. Native DSD512/DXD 384kHz playback over USB comes courtesy of the latest Quad Balanced, eight-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC).

    The DAC also incorporates a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) which offers connection to compatible TVs with an ARC HDMI output to bring the McIntosh sound to your TV viewing with support for Dolby and DTS surround formats converted to two channel audio. There’s also a Home Theatre Pass Through feature that allows the C2700 to integrate seamlessly into home cinema setups.

    The C2700 offers nine analogue inputs including three balanced and four unbalanced connections, plus Moving Coil (MC) and Moving Magnet (MM) phono inputs to keep vinyl fans happy. Combined with the digital connections, the total of 16 inputs provides the opportunity to hook up multiple audio sources.

    On the output side, there are three variable balanced and three variable unbalanced, plus one fixed unbalanced connections.
    Construction wise, the C2700 utilises a dual chassis design to prevent signal interference by keeping the analogue and digital sections separated, and a glass panel on the top of the preamp provides a viewing port to see the six vacuum tubes glowing away.

    Once installed, the bass and treble tone controls, which are adjustable in 2dB increments, can be used to fit the C2700 in with the environmental acoustics and late night or solo listening sessions can take advantage of McIntosh’s proprietary High Drive Headphone Amplifier, which can power virtually any pair of headphones. It also features the Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) which the company claims adds an extra dimension to the music or audio.

    As part of a greater McIntosh system, the C2700 has Power Control ports which easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off, and the Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components for additional control.

    Hand built in New York, the C2700 sports McIntosh’s renowned design touches including the black-glass front panel backlit by direct LED lighting, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo, aluminium end-caps and a polished stainless-steel chassis.

    The C2700 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier costs £10,495 and orders are being taken via the UK distributor, Jordan Acoustics for shipping to the UK in September.

    Source: Press release
    Image Source: McIntosh

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