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McIntosh® 2 Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
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McIntosh® 2 Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Model #: C22
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  • All analog design and a retro look
  • (5) 12AX7A and (1) 12AT7 vacuum tubes
  • Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs

This newest version of our C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier – the Mk V – is the direct replacement to our highly regarded C70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which commemorated our 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.

Bypassable bass and treble tone controls are located on the front panel and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs can also be adjusted via separate rotary knobs. In addition to setting the listening level, the volume knob can also be used to adjust the relative volume balance between the left and right audio channels. The ¼” headphone jack is powered by our High Drive headphone amplifier and features our Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology. HXD improves the sound localization for headphone listening by restoring the directionality component of the sound stage that's normally only heard from loudspeakers.

Our Power Control technology is included with four ports that can automatically turn other connected McIntosh components such as amplifiers, CD players or turntables, on and off. Data ports are also present and can control basic functions of connected McIntosh source components via the included remote control.

The C22 Mk V sits atop a stunning polished stainless steel chassis and features the timeless McIntosh illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminum end caps. With its retro black glass and aluminum front panel design, the C22 Mk V will fit right in with McIntosh home audio systems of any era – from the 1950s to current day. Contact your local dealer to learn more.



Number of Channels2
Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)16V RMS / 8V RMS
Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)4.5mV
Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)75dB
Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet)40dB
Total Harmonic Distortion0.08%
Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)900mV / 450mV
Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)100dB
Voltage Gain (High Level)15dB
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)44K ohm, 22K ohm
Frequency Response+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz, +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)0.45mV
Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)75dB
Voltage Gain (Moving Coil)60dB


Balanced Input2
Phono Input Moving Magnet1 (adjustable)
Digital Optical Input0
HDMI (ARC) Input0
Balanced Variable Output2
Headphone Output1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Unbalanced Analog Connector TypePremium gold-plated solid brass
Unbalanced Input3
Upgradeable Digital Audio ModuleNo
Digital MCT (DIN) Input0
Digital AES/EBU Input0
Unbalanced Fixed Output0
Input Level MatchNo
Service Port0
Phono Input Moving Coil1 (adjustable)
Digital Coaxial Input0
Digital USB Input0
Balanced Fixed Output0
Unbalanced Variable Output2
Home Theater PassThruNo


Tone ControlsBass and Treble
Power Control Output2 Main, 2 Switched
Tone Bypass and Input AssignTone Bypass: Yes, Input Assign: No
Rear Panel Data Port5
RS232 Control InputNo
Rear Panel IR Sensor InputYes


Multi-Chassis or SingleSingle, two layer
Power Consumption (On)50 Watts
Output MetersNo
Vacuum Tube or Solid StateVacuum Tube: (5) 12AX7A and (1) 12AT7

Misc. Specs

Product Weight (lbs.)25
Depth (in.)18
Width (in.)17.5
Height (in.)6
Manufacturer Warranty3 Year
Color Finish NameBlack/Silver
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