McIntosh C 46 – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

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 46?

Frequency response:
20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion:
15dB (line)
Input sensitivity:
4.5mV (MM), 450mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio:
86dB (MM), 97dB (line)
2.5V (Pre out), 10V (Pre out Max)
17.5 x 5.4 x 17.5 inches
26 lbs

What else to know about the McIntosh C 46?

"Introduction The new McIntosh C46 Audio Control Center offers a highly refined combination of useful operating features with totally transparent electronic performance. For example you can take advantage of the eight-band equalizer to achieve the finest possible reproduction of digital source music as well as valuable music from earlier recording technology. Combine a C46 with a McIntosh Power Amplifier and you will enjoy a system of unparalleled performance.

Performance Features

• Balanced Inputs and Outputs

One balanced high level Input and three balanced Outputs are provided.

• Precision Tracking Volume Control

Volume levels are controlled by a new Multi-Stage Precision Digitally Controlled Attenuator System with a tracking ac- curacy of 0.1dB. Levels change in 214 individual 0.5dB steps.

• Variable Rate Volume and Balance Control Selection The C46 Control Center’s Volume and Balance Control Cir- cuitry provides an ideal rate of change with control rotation.

• Eight Tone Controls with Assignable Bypass

The Tone Controls provide 12dB of boost or cut at center frequencies of 20, 35, 70, 150, 300, 600, 1200 and 4000Hz. When a Tone Control is in the center or flat position, all Tone Circuit Components are removed from the Signal Path of any selected input.

• Alphanumeric Fluorescent Display

The Multifunction Front Panel Display indicates the Source Selection, Volume and Balance Levels. Setup Mode Selec- tions and Adjustments are also displayed. The display inten- sity is fully adjustable.

• Electromagnetic Input Switching

Digital Logic integrated circuits drive Electromagnetic

Switches on all Inputs and operating functions for reliable, noiseless, distortion free switching.

• Input Level Trim Adjustment

All eight Inputs on the C46 can be matched in level, so there are no abrupt changes in volume levels between the different Inputs.

• Record Monitor Function

There is a Record Monitor Function for checking the progress of a recording from any of the eight inputs.

• Title Reassignment

Any of the eight Inputs can have their Input Title reassigned to match the sources in the system.

• Two Signal Processor Loops Separate front panel switched Signal Processor Loops are provided for the listen and record circuits.

• Precision Parts

Only the finest precision 1% tolerance resistors are used throughout.

• Low Distortion

Distortion levels of all types are less than 0.002%. Music is amplified with total transparency and accuracy.

• Moving Magnet Phono Input

There is a Precision Phono Preamplifier for Moving Magnet Cartridges.

• Remote Control

The C46 includes a Remote Control that allows remote op- eration of the Front Panel Controls and Push-buttons.

• Optional External Sensor Input

There are provisions for connecting External Sensors, which allow for enjoyment of your McIntosh System from other room(s) in your home via the Remote Control.

• Output Switching

Front panel Output Push-buttons control two Switched Outputs that allow sending signals to two separate Power Amplifiers.

• Fiber Optic Solid State Front Panel Illumination

The Illumination of the Front Panel Nomenclature is accomplished by the combination of custom designed Fiber Optic Light Diffusers and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). This provides even Front Panel Illumination, together with the extremely long life LEDs." - McIntosh

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?

If you are interested in selling your used McIntosh equipment to us in the greater NYC area or Colorado, please click here to fill out a Free Quote Form and we will get back to you. If we agree on terms, we come to meet you where you want, and pay cash.

The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.