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The C500 stereo preamplifier is a luxurious two box design where the power supply control section is separate from the audio processing chassis. By keeping the control and sound processing separate, this innovative design produces the purest audio performance possible.  The C500 consists of three separate modules: a C500C control unit, a C500P transistor preamplifier, and a C500T vacuum tube preamplifier.  Inside each module, the left and right channels are electrically and mechanically isolated from each other to allow true dual mono operation - resulting in the ultimate stereo separation and sonic purity. You can choose to have your system configured with either the transistor preamplifier for the absolute finest crystalline sound quality, or with the tube preamplifier to produce that warm, organic tube sound. If you’d like the option of having both preamp sections, see our C1000 stereo preamplifier.  Featuring the famed McIntosh blue output meters, the C500 also includes a powerful headphone amplifier, both moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) phono sections, and home theater pass through capabilities.



• Ultra Low Distortion: C500P: 0.002%,  C500T: 0.08%

• Frequency Response, +0, -3dB: C500P: 15Hz to 100,000Hz,

   C500T: 15Hz to 100,000Hz

• Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced): C500P:

   25/12 V RMS, C500T: 20/10 V RMS

• Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced): C500P:

   44K ohm, 22K ohm,  C500T: 44K ohm, 22K ohm

• Phono Voltage Gain: C500P: 60dB, C500T: 60dB

• High Level Voltage Gain: C500P: 15dB, C500T: 15dB

• Signal To Noise Ratio: C500P: 100dB, C500T: 93dB

• Dual Mono Power Supply

• Dual Mono, Fully Balanced

• Headphone Output: C500P: 1/4", C500T: 1/4"

• Inputs Unbalanced: C500P: 4 Stereo + 2 Phono, C500T:

   4 Stereo + 2 Phono

• Inputs Balanced: C500P: 3 Stereo, C500T: 3 Stereo

• Variable Outputs Unbalanced: C500P: 3 Stereo, C500T: 3 Stereo

• Variable Outputs Balanced: C500P: 3 Stereo, C500T: 3 Stereo

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• Digital USB Input: C500P: 0, C500T: 0

• Digital Coaxial Input: C500P: 0, C500T: 0

• Digital Optical Input: C500P: 0, C500T: 0

• Adjustable Phono Moving Magnet

• Adjustable Phono Moving Coil

• Record Processor Loop

• +/- 6dB Input Level Match

• Home Theater Pass Through

• Power Control Output: 2 Main, 2 Switched

• 8 Rear Panel Data Ports

• Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

• Multi Chassis

• Output Meters

• C500P: Solid State, C500T: Tube, 8 ea. 12AX7a

• On, Power Consumption: 75 watts

• Dimensions: All 3 chassis are 17.5" W x 6" H x 23" D

• Weight: C500C: 30 lbs, C500P: 25 lbs,  C500T: 26 lbs