McIntosh C12000 2-Channel Solid State and Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

McIntosh
1 In stock
$16,000.00
This product may be subject to availability and dealer restrictions. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment! The McIntosh C12000 is a high-end, two-chassis preamplifier designed for ultimate stereo separation and sonic purity. The C12000 consists of the C12000 Controller module and the C12000 Preamplifier module, which...
$16,000.00
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This product may be subject to availability and dealer restrictions. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment!

The McIntosh C12000 is a high-end, two-chassis preamplifier designed for ultimate stereo separation and sonic purity. The C12000 consists of the C12000 Controller module and the C12000 Preamplifier module, which are connected via high-performance, shielded umbilical cables. All power control, data ports, and external control connections are located in the C12000 Controller, while the C12000 Preamplifier houses the audio connections and circuitry. The two units are designed to act as one, providing easy control and operation.

The C12000 Preamplifier module offers a total of 12 analog inputs, including six balanced inputs, four unbalanced inputs, and two unbalanced phono inputs. The phono inputs are configurable as either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet, with adjustable capacitance and resistance loading, as well as adjustable gain in 6dB steps from 40dB to 64dB. This allows for maximum flexibility and the ability to customize the preamplifier to best fit your turntable, cartridge, and vinyl collection.

The C12000 utilizes McIntosh's Hybrid Drive™ technology, which combines the best of vacuum tube and solid-state technology to produce exceptional sound performance. The preamplifier offers both vacuum tube and solid-state output options, allowing you to choose based on the music being played, the audio components in your home audio system, and your personal preferences. All outputs are driven by discrete amplifiers, ensuring high-quality sound reproduction.

For vacuum tube output, the C12000 uses six tubes or valves to power the high-level preamplifier section, with two 12AT7 tubes and one 12AX7A tube assigned to each the left and right channel. Solid state output is handled by a discrete balanced op-amp. The phono stage, regardless of the chosen output option, uses four 12AX7A vacuum tubes in a fully balanced configuration that incorporates RIAA equalization.

The C12000 preamplifier is designed to deliver the pinnacle of high-quality and balanced audio performances. Its stainless steel and black titanium chassis are polished to a mirror finish, and its front panel features the classic McIntosh black glass, blue meters, and illuminated logos. This preamplifier can be easily integrated with other McIntosh products. With its striking design and superior sound quality, the C12000 is a must-have for audio enthusiasts.

Key Features

  • Includes our Hybrid Drive™ technology that uses the best of vacuum tubes and solid state to produce the best sound performance
  • Separate audio & control sections
  • 12 analog inputs including 2 configurable phono inputs
  • Offers both solid state and vacuum tube output
  • Fully balanced circuitry

 

Technical Specifications

Electronic

Number of Channels 2
Total Harmonic Distortion (High Level) 0.005%
Total Harmonic Distortion (Phono) 0.05%
Frequency Response (+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz) +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
Frequency Response (+0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100kHz) +0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100kHz
Maximum Volts Out (Balanced) 20V RMS
Maximum Volts Out (Unbalanced) 10V RMS
Sensitivity (High Level, Balanced) 900mV
Sensitivity (High Level, Unbalanced) 450mV
Sensitivity (Phono, Moving Coil) 0.25 – 2.5mV
Sensitivity (Phono, Moving Magnet) 5 – 10mV
Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level) 107dB
Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil) 79dB
Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet) 83dB
Voltage Gain (High Level) 15dB
Voltage Gain (Moving Coil) 58 – 64dB
Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet) 40 – 46dB
Input Impedance (Balanced) 50K ohms
Input Impedance (Unbalanced) 25K ohms

Connectivity 
Balanced Input 6
Unbalanced Input 4
Phono Input (Moving Coil) Up to 2 (unit has 2 Phono inputs; each is user configurable as either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet)
Phono Input (Moving Magnet) Up to 2 (unit has 2 Phono inputs; each is user configurable as either Moving Coil or Moving Magnet)
Upgradeable Digital Audio Module No
Digital Coaxial Input 0
Digital Optical Input 0
Digital MCT Input 0
Digital USB Input 0
HDMI (ARC) Input 0
Digital AES/EBU Input 0
Balanced Fixed Output 0
Balanced Variable Output 2 (1 for Solid State, 1 for Vacuum Tube)
Unbalanced Fixed Output 1
Unbalanced Variable Output 1
Headphone Output 1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)<br>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

 

Other Specifications
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
Multi-Chassis or Single Multi Chassis (C12000C plus C12000ST)
Output Meters (C12000C) No
Output Meters (C12000ST) Yes
Vacuum Tube or Solid State Both (user selectable)
Power Consumption (On) 75 watts
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) Each module: 17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.7cm)
Unit Weight (C12000C) 27 lbs (12.3 kg)
Unit Weight (C12000ST) 25 lbs (11.3 kg)
Shipping Weight (C12000C) 42 lbs (19.5 kg)
Shipping Weight (C12000ST) 40 lbs (17.7 kg)
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