The debate over whether tubes or transistors sound better is still going strong after forty years. McIntosh has led in both technologies, and has just raised the bar again, with the C1000, Stereophile Magazine’s 2006 Product of the Year. The C1000 is a three-chassis design that offers the ultimate in flexibility. It lets the listener choose between a solid-state preamplifier, vacuum tube preamplifier, or both. All three modules can be combined with each source available through either preamplifier module, selectable at the push of a remote control button. For ultimate stereo fidelity the preamplifier modules employ Dual Mono topologies yielding over 130 dB of channel separation.
McIntosh C1000 Tube or Solid State Preamplifier
McIntosh C1000 Tube or Solid State Preamplifier Features
Output attenuator controls volume with 214 steps of .5dB each.
Signal routing is accomplished through digitally controlled electromagnetic switching devices.
Precision switch contacts, isolated from environmental contamination inside inert gas-filled tubes, provide the most reliable, quietest and lowest distortion switching possible.
Moving Magnet Phono stage with adjustable capacitance from the remote for flexibility in matching your favorite cartridge.
Moving Coil offers adjustable resistance also from the remote control for the same flexibility.
Fully Balanced Circuitry.
Dual Mono, Mirror Image Design.
3 Outputs per Channel for Tri-Amping.
Listen and Record Processor Loops.
Peak Responding Output Meters.
Front-Panel 1/4” Headphone Jack.
Pass through Home Theater Mode.
McIntosh C1000 Tube or Solid State Preamplifier Specifications
Bandwidth: Solid State: 10 Hz to 4o kHz; Tube: 10 Hz to 20 kHz.
Sound to Noise: Solid State: 100 dB, 88 dB phono; Tube: 93 dB, 80 dB phono.
Phono Gain: MC: 60 dB; MM: 40 dB.
C1000T Tube Complement: High Level: 4x 12AX7A, Phono: 4x 12AX7A.
Dimensions: HxWxD Each 6" x 17 1/2" x 24", C1000C: 39lbs, C1000P: 33 lbs, C1000T 34 lbs.