McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.
What are the specs for the McIntosh C 1000p/1000C?
- solid–state preamplifier
- Frequency response:
- 10Hz–40kHz , +0/–0.5dB.
- 0.002%, 20Hz–20kHz (no level quoted)
- Signal/noise ratios:
- high level 100dB (no reference level given); phono, 88dB(no reference level given)
- Maximum output:
- 12V RMS single–ended, 25V RMS balanced.
- Output impedance:
- 220 ohms.
- Maximum input levels:
- 5V single–ended, 10V balanced, high level; 50mV (MM), 5mV (MC), phono.
- high level, for 2.5V 450mV, 4.5mV (MM), 0.45mV (MC).
- 33 lbs (15kg)
- Configurable control unit and power supply for C1000T and C1000P
- 39 lbs (17.7kg)
- 17.5"" (445mm) W by 6"" (152mm) H by 24"" (610mm) D
What else to know about the McIntosh C 1000p/1000C?
"The McIntosh C1000 is a complex machine. Its flexibility is almost unlimited, and while some audiophiles believe that simplicity equals sonic purity, in the case of the C1000 you can have both. Chances are you'd never use all of its features, but that doesn't mean you'd be wasting your money. Combine the C1000C controller with either preamplifier and you have a full-function preamp of the highest order. You could always add the other preamp later; then, in addition to having sufficient inputs for your and your neighbor's stereos, you'd be able to season your system's components to perfection.
Configuring the C1000 was complicated and occasionally frustrating, but if you like puzzles, you'll enjoy playing with it. If you don't, make sure your dealer sets it up to your liking and is willing to visit as needed to reconfigure it. Given these prices, it's the least he should be willing to do.
The McIntosh C1000 combines ultralow noise and ultralow distortion with transparency, harmonic completeness, and, thanks to its ultralow noise floor, resolution of low-level microdynamics that is unprecedented in my experience. It delivered unrivaled image specificity without unnatural edge, layer on layer of detail, transient speed and purity without sounding hyper, and delicacy and suppleness without sounding soft and soupy. While the tubed C1000T's bass was slightly less well controlled than the C1000P's, it compensated with textural suppleness. While the solid-state C1000P's bass was not quite as supple as the C1000T's, it compensated with muscular control. Yet it wasn't the case that one was mushy and the other mechanical. The C1000 was like a great dish whose individual ingredients you can't taste—you just enjoy the final blend of flavors without wanting more or less of anything.
Aside from its exquisite sound, the C1000 is impeccably designed, engineered, and built. In terms of its day-to-day operation—turn-on, warmup, switching—the C1000 performed like the premium-priced luxury product it is (something that can't be said of all expensive audio gear). That it's made in the USA by a company founded more than 50 years ago, is a reassuring thought even for those who can't afford it. For you who can, it demands your attention." - Stereophile
Brief History of McIntosh
Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.
Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy
Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.
StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?
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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.