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McIntosh C53 Preamplifier

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C53 2-Channel Solid State Preamplifier

– 16 inputs (9 analog + 7 digital)
– 8 band analog equalizer
– Supports up to DSD512 files
– Comes with DA2 Digital Audio Module installed

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Product Code: C53-62405
The C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve in your home audio system for many years – even decades – all while delivering unmatched audio quality. Following the digital audio precedent set in our current solid state integrated amplifiers, the C53 stereo preamplifier features an upgradeable digital audio module. But unlike our integrated amplifiers that use our DA1 Digital Audio Module, the C53 is the first to use our new, more advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module.

The DA2 builds upon the DA1 with an expanded set of capabilities. In addition to having all the same connections as the DA1 (2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 proprietary MCT for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports), a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 connection is included on the DA2. This allows it to be connected to TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output to bring your TV sound to a new level of audio performance by listening to it through your home stereo system. Popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® are supported and will be expertly converted to 2-channel audio for proper playback through the C53. When CEC communication is enabled in both the C53 and your TV, your TV remote can control the power and volume of the C53.

Additionally, the DA2’s USB input can support native playback of up to DSD512, surpassing the DSD256 limit of the DA1. This increased DSD playback support is thanks to the next generation, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that powers the DA2. This audiophile-grade DAC is highlighted by both an improved dynamic range and total harmonic distortion compared to the DA1. The USB input also supports DXD up to 384kHz. The coax and optical inputs can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. Rounding out the DA2 is an MCT input that offers a secure, custom DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs when paired with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports to produce the best possible sound quality from your SACD collection.

In addition to the 7 digital inputs found in the DA2 module, the C53 also has 9 analog inputs, giving it a nearly inexhaustible number of 16 total inputs for connecting all your music sources. The analog inputs consist of 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced connections, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs for plugging in your trusted turntable. Outputs include 3 variable balanced and unbalanced connections along with 1 fixed unbalanced connection.

Tone controls include an 8-band analog equalizer; each band can be adjusted ± 12dB so you can fine tune your music just the way you like. Our High Drive Headphone Amplifier can power virtually any pair of headphones, while Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) can bring an added dimension to your music. Home Theater Pass Through lets the C53 be seamlessly integrated into your home theater system. Power Control ports let you easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off, while the Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.

The C53 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs. As a Roon Tested partner, McIntosh has provided equipment to Roon for testing with a variety of different operating systems and computers, and shared information about its design and capabilities.

All this audio technology is packaged inside the C53’s classic McIntosh design featuring a black glass front panel backlit by direct LED lighting, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. An attractive polished stainless steel chassis finishes the distinguished look. It can be paired with an assortment of amplifiers, CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers, room correction devices and speakers to complete your home audio system. Contact your local dealer to learn more.
- The C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve your homeaudio needs for years or even decades to come. It’s the first product to feature our advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module.
- As new digital audio technologies are developed, the DA2 can be replaced by future modules, keeping your C53 current for many years.
- Powered by a next generation, audiophile-grade Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), the DA2 supports high resolution digital music up to DSD512 and DXD 384kHz.
- Includes a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 input that allows it to be connected to TVs with a HDMI (ARC) output to bring your TV sound to the next level.
- Includes a nearly inexhaustible 9 analog and 7 digital inputs for connecting all your music sources.
- Complete with McIntosh technologies including 8-Band Tone Controls, Home Theater PassThru, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) and Power Control.
CONNECTIVITY
Balanced Input:3
Unbalanced Input:4
Phono Input Moving Coil:1 (adjustable)
Phono Input Moving Magnet:1 (adjustable)
Upgradeable Digital Audio Module:Yes: DA2
Digital Coaxial Input:2
Digital Optical Input:2
Digital MCT Input:1
Digital USB Input:1
HDMI (ARC) Input:1
Digital AES/EBU Input:0
Balanced Fixed Output:0
Balanced Variable Output:3
Unbalanced Fixed Output:1
Unbalanced Variable Output:3
Headphone Output:1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Input Level Match:Yes, +/- 6dB
Home Theater PassThru:Yes
Unbalanced Analog Connector Type:Premium gold-plated solid brass
Service Port:1


CONTROL
Tone Controls:8 band (each band adjustable ± 12dB )
Tone Bypass and Input Assign:Yes
RS232 Control Input:Yes
Power Control Output:1 Main, 4 Trigger
Rear Panel Data Port:6
Rear Panel IR Sensor Input:Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Multi-Chassis or Single:Single, two layer
Output Meters:Yes
Vacuum Tube or Solid State:Solid State
Power Consumption (On):30 Watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D):17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
Unit Weight:28 lbs (12.5 kg)
Shipping Weight:43.5 lbs (19.7 kg)
The C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve in your home audio system for many years – even decades – all while delivering unmatched audio quality. Following the digital audio precedent set in our current solid state integrated amplifiers, the C53 stereo preamplifier features an upgradeable digital audio module. But unlike our integrated amplifiers that use our DA1 Digital Audio Module, the C53 is the first to use our new, more advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module.

The DA2 builds upon the DA1 with an expanded set of capabilities. In addition to having all the same connections as the DA1 (2 coaxial, 2 optical, 1 USB and 1 proprietary MCT for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports), a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 connection is included on the DA2. This allows it to be connected to TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output to bring your TV sound to a new level of audio performance by listening to it through your home stereo system. Popular multi-channel audio formats from Dolby® and DTS® are supported and will be expertly converted to 2-channel audio for proper playback through the C53. When CEC communication is enabled in both the C53 and your TV, your TV remote can control the power and volume of the C53.

Additionally, the DA2’s USB input can support native playback of up to DSD512, surpassing the DSD256 limit of the DA1. This increased DSD playback support is thanks to the next generation, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that powers the DA2. This audiophile-grade DAC is highlighted by both an improved dynamic range and total harmonic distortion compared to the DA1. The USB input also supports DXD up to 384kHz. The coax and optical inputs can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. Rounding out the DA2 is an MCT input that offers a secure, custom DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs when paired with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports to produce the best possible sound quality from your SACD collection.

In addition to the 7 digital inputs found in the DA2 module, the C53 also has 9 analog inputs, giving it a nearly inexhaustible number of 16 total inputs for connecting all your music sources. The analog inputs consist of 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced connections, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs for plugging in your trusted turntable. Outputs include 3 variable balanced and unbalanced connections along with 1 fixed unbalanced connection.

Tone controls include an 8-band analog equalizer; each band can be adjusted ± 12dB so you can fine tune your music just the way you like. Our High Drive Headphone Amplifier can power virtually any pair of headphones, while Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) can bring an added dimension to your music. Home Theater Pass Through lets the C53 be seamlessly integrated into your home theater system. Power Control ports let you easily turn other connected McIntosh components on and off, while the Data Ports can send remote control commands to connected source components.

The C53 is one of many McIntosh products to receive Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs. As a Roon Tested partner, McIntosh has provided equipment to Roon for testing with a variety of different operating systems and computers, and shared information about its design and capabilities.

All this audio technology is packaged inside the C53’s classic McIntosh design featuring a black glass front panel backlit by direct LED lighting, blue meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. An attractive polished stainless steel chassis finishes the distinguished look. It can be paired with an assortment of amplifiers, CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers, room correction devices and speakers to complete your home audio system. Contact your local dealer to learn more.
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- The C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve your homeaudio needs for years or even decades to come. It’s the first product to feature our advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module.
- As new digital audio technologies are developed, the DA2 can be replaced by future modules, keeping your C53 current for many years.
- Powered by a next generation, audiophile-grade Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), the DA2 supports high resolution digital music up to DSD512 and DXD 384kHz.
- Includes a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)1 input that allows it to be connected to TVs with a HDMI (ARC) output to bring your TV sound to the next level.
- Includes a nearly inexhaustible 9 analog and 7 digital inputs for connecting all your music sources.
- Complete with McIntosh technologies including 8-Band Tone Controls, Home Theater PassThru, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) and Power Control.

CONNECTIVITY
Balanced Input:3
Unbalanced Input:4
Phono Input Moving Coil:1 (adjustable)
Phono Input Moving Magnet:1 (adjustable)
Upgradeable Digital Audio Module:Yes: DA2
Digital Coaxial Input:2
Digital Optical Input:2
Digital MCT Input:1
Digital USB Input:1
HDMI (ARC) Input:1
Digital AES/EBU Input:0
Balanced Fixed Output:0
Balanced Variable Output:3
Unbalanced Fixed Output:1
Unbalanced Variable Output:3
Headphone Output:1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Input Level Match:Yes, +/- 6dB
Home Theater PassThru:Yes
Unbalanced Analog Connector Type:Premium gold-plated solid brass
Service Port:1


CONTROL
Tone Controls:8 band (each band adjustable ± 12dB )
Tone Bypass and Input Assign:Yes
RS232 Control Input:Yes
Power Control Output:1 Main, 4 Trigger
Rear Panel Data Port:6
Rear Panel IR Sensor Input:Yes

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Multi-Chassis or Single:Single, two layer
Output Meters:Yes
Vacuum Tube or Solid State:Solid State
Power Consumption (On):30 Watts

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D):17.5" (44.45cm) x 7.6" (19.37cm) x 18" (45.72cm)
Unit Weight:28 lbs (12.5 kg)
Shipping Weight:43.5 lbs (19.7 kg)

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