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Founded in 1949, McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Our iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognized as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music. McIntosh products are designed and handcrafted at our Binghamton, NY factory by our dedicated employees who share a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. Since our inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead 'Wall of Sound' McIntosh has not only witnessed history, we have shaped it.

McIntosh C1100 Pre Amplifier
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The C1100 preamplifier brings a new level of performance and luxury to McIntosh’s heralded preamplifier offerings – evidenced by its high level inputs having the lowest noise of any McIntosh preamplifier ever produced. It utilizes a two-chassis design where the control and power sections are completely separate from the audio section. Absolute isolation of a preamplifier"s two main functions – control and sound – is achieved by this unusual but effective design and will provide you with the purest sound reproduction possible for generations of listening enjoyment.

The C1100 is comprised of the C1100 Controller and the C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Inside each, the left and right channels are electrically and mechanically isolated from each other to allow true dual mono operation - resulting in the ultimate stereo separation and sonic purity. The two units are connected together via a pair of specially designed, high performance umbilical cables that are shielded to prevent outside noise from leaking into the audio signal. While they are two separate units, when connected they act as one and are easy to control and operate from the included remote control or the C1100 Controller front panel. Both units’ chassis are comprised of polished stainless steel and hairline brushed black Titanium stainless steel, offering a new degree of richness and refinement.

All power control, data ports and external control connections are located in the C1100 Controller; the introduction of a dual microprocessor allows for an improved robustness of the control system. The C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier houses the audio connections and circuitry, featuring a total of 12 analog inputs: 6 balanced, 4 unbalanced, plus adjustable loading Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono inputs. For outputs, 2 sets of balanced and 2 sets of unbalanced connections provide flexibility in connecting to your amplifier. Twelve vacuum tubes (6 each of 12AX7a and 12AT7) power the tube preamplifier. Compared to the C1000 preamplifier which had 8 tubes, the additional 4 tubes in the C1100 lowers its dependency on any solid-state support. The amplifier circuit has much higher common mode rejection, so any noise introduced by interconnect cables is significantly reduced. For personal listening, the headphone jack features a higher output than any of our other preamplifiers, while Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings a new depth and spatiality to your music. The Home Theater Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your existing multi-channel home theater system.

For digital music sources, the C1100 can be connected to and used in conjunction with its digital counterpart – the D1100 Digital Preamplifier. Like the C1100, the D1100 employs a dual mono design and features the most advanced digital-to-analog converter (DAC) we’ve ever used in order to reproduce your digital music with the same level of excellence that the C1100 gives to your analog sources. When connected, the C1100 takes over control of the D1100 and its 9 digital inputs, resulting in a single and easy to use interface.

The C1100 preamplifier employs fully balanced circuitry to match the level of performance achieved in any of our Quad Balanced amplifiers. With classic McIntosh black glass front panels, blue meters, knobs, stainless steel chassis, illuminated logos and custom machined brushed aluminum end caps, the C1100 makes a visual statement in addition to its audio prowess. It can be paired with a variety of McIntosh amplifiers, speakers, room correction devicesCD players, turntables, tuners and other source components to make a complete home audio system.

  • Number of Channels
    2
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    High Level: 0.005%
    Phono: 0.05%
  • Frequency Response
    +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
    +0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100kHz
  • Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    20V RMS / 10V RMS
  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    900mV / 450mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)
    0.45mV
  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)
    4.5mV
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)
    107dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)
    79dB
  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)
    77dB
  • Voltage Gain (High Level)
    15dB
  • Voltage Gain (Moving Coil)
    60db
  • Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet)
    40dB
  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)
    50K ohms, 25K ohms

CONNECTIVITY

  • Balanced Input
    6
  • Unbalanced Input
    4
  • Phono Input Moving Coil
    1 (adjustable)
  • Phono Input Moving Magnet
    1 (adjustable)
  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module
    No
  • Digital Coaxial Input
    0
  • Digital Optical Input
    0
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input
    0
  • Digital USB Input
    1 (for system update only)
  • HDMI (ARC) Input
    0
  • Digital AES/EBU Input
    0
  • Balanced Fixed Output
    0
  • Balanced Variable Output
    2
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output
    1
  • Unbalanced Variable Output
    1
  • Headphone Output
    1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
    Selectable headphone impedances of: 16 ohms - 40 ohms, 40 - 150 ohms, 150 - 600 ohms
  • Input Level Match
    Yes, +/- 6dB
  • Home Theater PassThru
    Yes
  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type
    Premium gold-plated solid brass
  • Service Port
    1

CONTROL

  • Tone Controls
    No
  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign
    No
  • RS232 Control Input
    Yes
  • Power Control Output
    1 Main, 2 Output, 4 Trigger
  • Rear Panel Data Port
    8
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input
    Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Multi-Chassis or Single
    Multi Chassis (C1100C plus C1100T)
  • Output Meters
    C1100C: No
    C1100T: Yes
  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State
    Tube, (6) 12AX7a and (6) 12AT7
  • Power Consumption (On)
    75 watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    Each chassis:
    17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.7cm)
  • Weight
    C1100C: 27 lbs (12.3 kg)
    C1100T: 25 lbs (11.3 kg)
  • Shipping Weight
    C1100C: 43.5 lbs (19.7 kg)
    C1100T: 39.5 lbs (17.9 kg)

Winner of prestigious Grand Prix Award for its "rich and accurate body of sound." - Stereo Sound

"The C1100 is outstanding... A fantastic preamplifier any way you look at it. Highly recommended if you are a lover of the brand, and if you aren't, this is the perfect piece to start your journey." - Tone Audio

"Distortion is very low indeed at just 0.00009 - 0.0005%." - Hi-Fi News

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There has been no changes to deliveries with Brexit. All deliveries to the UK mainland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are operating as normal. No VAT or charges are applicable. 

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Express Deliveries

Express Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. Express Delivery offers delivery in 24-72 hours from time of purchase. We use premium couriers for this service, mainly DPD & Royal Mail. DPD will offer you a one hour window for delivery to make sure someone is at home, or you can reschedule the delivery if no one is around. 

Standard Deliveries

Here at Kronos AV, we have vast experience with e-commerce sales. Making sure that your parcel arrives undamaged is a huge priority for us. That’s why at Kronos AV, we only use premium couriers for all our orders. All our parcels are shipped with DPD or Royal Mail and are always sent Signed For to make sure it gets to the right person. 

If for any reason your parcel does arrived damaged, please get in touch, and we will be happy to get everything resolved for you. We are always on hand to help!

Details

Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. In order to offer FREE delivery to UK customers, we use several premium couriers to ensure your delivery arrives safe.

Most large orders (over 2kg) ship using DPD or DHL courier and smaller orders (under 2kg) by Royal Mail signed for services.

The most appropriate courier will be chosen for the items ordered to ensure the quickest possible delivery.

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