This newest version of the C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier – the Mk V – is the direct replacement to the highly regardedC70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which commemorated the 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.
All analog design and a retro look (5) 12AX7A and (1) 12AT7 vacuum tubes Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs