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McIntosh C52

Solid State Preamplifier

Condition: Ex-Demonstration
Warranty: 3 Years
Colour: Black
HTFH Cat. No.: EB83
  • Save thousands of the RRP as this product is now Discontinued
  • 9 analog inputs & 4 digital inputs
  • Decode digital music at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback
  • Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) + Roon tested
  • decode and play back high fidelity DSD files via the USB input
£7,495.00 Each

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McIntosh C52
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The C52 is the most advanced, single chassis solid state preamplifier we’ve ever made. This feature packed stereo preamp lets you connect virtually any of your analog components and digital music sources – including those that play the latest high resolution formats such as DSD files – to one easy-to-use device to enjoy them all.


Perfect For Analog Or Digital Inputs

For connecting analog devices, it includes 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced fully assignable inputs plus 1 each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs for connecting a turntable and enjoying your vinyl collection. On the digital side, it has 3 optical, 2 coaxial and 1 USB input. The optical and coax inputs will decode digital music at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. The C52 is also capable of decoding and playing back DSD files for the latest in high fidelity performance; the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. An MCT input offers a secure, custom DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs when paired with the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport to deliver the purest possible sound quality from your CD library. The C52 features a 24-bit/192kHz, DSD digital-to-analog-converter (DAC).

Home Theatre Use

New to the C52 is that all inputs are available all of the time – even if you assign certain inputs to certain devices, giving you more freedom to configure your system the way you want. The outputs have also been updated to be easier to operate when bi-amping or tri-amping so that your highs and/or lows are not inadvertently turned off. An 8 band analog equalizer allows you to fine tune your various music sources just the way you like. For headphone listening, an added dimension can be brought to your music with the addition of Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®). The Home Theater Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your multi-channel home theater system.

A Classic Look

The C52’s classic black glass front panel, blue meters, knobs, illuminated logo and brushed aluminum end caps are all housed in an attractive polished stainless steel chassis that delivers a timeless look. It can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, speakers, room correction devices, CD players, turntables, tuners and other source components to make a complete home audio system.

Technical Specification

McIntosh C52

Total Harmonic Distortion
Frequency Response
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz
Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)
16/8 V RMS
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced
44K ohm, 22K ohm
Phono Voltage Gain
Moving Magnet: 40dB
Moving Coil: 60dB
High Level Voltage Gain
To Main Output and Outputs 1 & 2: 15dB
To Fixed Output: 0dB
Signal To Noise Ratio
Dual Mono Power Supply
Dual Mono, Fully Balanced


Balanced Input
3 Stereo
Unbalanced Input
4 Stereo + 2 Phono
Phono Input Moving Coil
1 (adjustable)
Phono Input Moving Magnet
1 (adjustable)
Digital Coaxial Input
Digital Optical Input
Digital MCT (DIN) Input
Digital USB Input
1 (accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz; supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz)
Digital AES/EBU Input
Balanced Fixed Output
Balanced Variable Output
3 Stereo
Unbalanced Fixed Output
1 Stereo
Unbalanced Variable Output
3 Stereo
Headphone Output
1/4" High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
Record Processor Loop
Input Level Match
Yes, +/- 6dB
Home Theater PassThru
Unbalanced Analog Connector Type
Premium gold-plated solid brass


Tone Controls
8 band
Tone Bypass and Input Assign
RS232 Control Input
Power Control Output
1 Main, 4 Trigger
Rear Panel Data Port
Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

General Specifications

Multi-Chassis or Single
Single, two layer
Output Meters
Vacuum Tube or Solid State
Solid State
Power Consumption (On)
30 Watt

3 Years
Model Number
Total weight
220v / 240v Only


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