McIntosh C8 Valve Preamplifier

£4,295.00 + FREE DELIVERY

Superb Valve Preamplifier

Upgradable with Optional DA2 Digital Board

MM & MC Phono Inputs

RCA & XLR Connections


Similarly sized to the MA252 Integrated Amplifier, the C8 is powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages. For inputs, the C8 comes with 1 balanced and 2 unbalanced analogue inputs, plus 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet phono inputs with adjustable loading to play cherished vinyl collections. All inputs can be given user-friendly names in order to simplify user control. Bass and treble tone controls help fine tune your music to your personal preferences. For outputs, it has 1 balanced and 2 unbalanced; 1 of the unbalanced outputs can be configured as a subwoofer output for use with a powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies.


While the C8 does not come equipped with any digital inputs, it is digital-audio-ready via the McIntosh DA2 Digital Audio Module. The DA2 has 7 digital inputs: 2 coax, 2 optical, 1 USB, 1 MCT (for use with a suitable McIntosh SACD/CD Transport), and 1 audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection.

The DA2 is powered by a next generation, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). Its audiophile-grade DAC is highlighted by improved dynamic range and improved total harmonic distortion. For high resolution audio playback, the USB input can support native playback of up to DSD512 and DXD up to 384kHz, and the coax and optical inputs can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz.


For personal listening, the C8 comes with a superb High Drive headphone amplifier that has plenty of power and flexibility to drive a wide range of headphones. 


Input selection, bass, treble, tone bypass, balance and input offset levels can be adjusted using the front panel knobs or the included remote control; all settings, volume level, and input selection will be shown on the front panel display. The C8 sits atop a stainless steel chassis that's polished to a mirror finish; classic McIntosh-styled die cast aluminium name badges are attached to each side. It has a black glass front panel with silver trim, an illuminated logo, and rotary control knobs.



Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
+0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz

Total Harmonic Distortion


Power Consumption (On)

50 Watts

Dimensions (W x H x D)

12-9/32" (31.2cm) x 7-5/8" (19.4cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)


18 lbs (8.2 kg)

Shipping Weight

25 lbs (11.3 kg)

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