A timeless classic…
Featuring a cool, 1960s retro design, the C22 MKV has been updated to modern standards to deliver a performance on par with any other McIntosh preamp. Low distortion levels of all types are less than 0.08%, allowing music to be presented with total transparency and accuracy. A fully analogue input design, the C22 MKV is a true and pure pre-amp, first and only.
The Perfect combination with a pair of McIntosh MC75MKVI Valve Power Amps
While featuring a retro look, timeless McIntosh design cues such as a partial black glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps allows the C22 to seamlessly blend in with other McIntosh components to create one cohesive system.
This newest version of the C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier – the Mk V – is the direct replacement to the highly regarded C70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier , which commemorated the McIntosh 70th Anniversary that took place in 2019. The new C22 Mk V is the latest McIntosh vacuum tube preamplifier to carry the cherished C22 model number. It has all the performance of the acclaimed C70 but with the hallowed C22 moniker and its signature glass and aluminum front panel design.
The C22 Mk V uses one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes which can be seen through a glass panel located on the top of the preamp. Knobs and rocker switches operate all control functions while modern LED lights indicate input selection and volume level. The C22 Mk V has two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet phono inputs, for a total of seven inputs. There are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced output connections; the two outputs allow sending signals to two separate power amplifiers.
Key Design Highlights
Wide array of Balanced and Unbalanced Inputs
Adjustable Loading Phono (MM & MC) Inputs
High Quality Analogue Bass & Treble Control
Stunning Build and Sound Quality
Low Noise, extended frequency range design
Headphone Output: 1/4″ High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
The C22 has been reviewed very positively:
“This combination of C22 preamplifier and MC75 amplifiers was a joy to have in my home. Not only did they sound marvelous but their throw-back look took me back to a time of my youth that was wonderful to remember”