KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965

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C2600 Valve Preamplifier


The C2600 is the latest improved version of one of the most famous McIntosh products of all time, the C2300. Over the years, this product has built a hug reputation amongst Mac fans for its sound quality and versatility. The 2600 keeps what was great about the 2300 but brings it into the modern age with an advanced digital audio section and upgraded valve circuitry design.

With a whopping 16 inputs, the C2600 is capable of connecting with pretty much any source possible whether it be analogue or digital. The amplifier features a dual chassis design which means that both the digital and analogue sections are kept separate in individual housings. What is so special about this, is that it can keep the analogue signal pure without eliminating digital functions. 

The 16 inputs consist of 3 balanced analogue, 4 unbalanced analogue plus 1 each dedicated Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono inputs. Digital inputs consist of 3 optical, 2 coax, 1 USB and 1 McIntosh exclusive MCT connection. Three sets of balanced and unbalanced analog outputs will connect the C2600 to your amplifier. 

The C2600 features a high-quality 32-bit/384kHz, DSD digital-to-analog-converter (DAC). The optical and coax inputs will decode digital music at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. The C2600 is also capable of decoding and playing DSD files; the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. 

Made in America and built to last, the C2600 is manufactured to the extremely high standards of McIntosh with their distinctive polished stainless steel and the garnet dust cut glass front plates (painted with 12 layers). This means that the product will last a very long time. Buying a McIntosh product can often mean buying a product for life.

Using the iconic McIntosh design principles, the C2600 player will fit perfectly with any other McIntosh product and is ideal for someone who wants to add a high quality source to their Mac setup. 

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