McIntosh C22

Classic 2-Channel Tube Preamplifier
Store sale only, not available online.
Please contact us for pricing: 1-800-838-1812 or email us.
We take trade-ins on this product. Request Trade-in Price.

The McIntosh C22 Preamplifier is eligible for Overture’s trade-in program for an in-store sale. As America’s premier McIntosh audio dealer, we can give you the most for any audio equipment you would like to trade-in on a McIntosh C22 Preamplifier. You can request a trade-in price by filling out our trade-in form.

Featuring a cool, 1960s retro design, the C22 has been updated to modern standards to deliver a performance on par with any other McIntosh preamp​. Electromagnetic input switching provides reliable, noiseless and distortion free operation. Low distortion levels of all types are less than 0.08%, allowing music to be presented with total transparency and accuracy.

A total of 10 inputs include 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced along with Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono input sections with selectable resistance and capacitive loading so every phono cartridge and turntable​ can be perfectly matched to produce the best sound. Outputs are comprised of 1 set of balanced and 3 sets of unbalanced connections. Bass and Treble tone controls with bypass feature allow you to listen to your favorite songs at your preferred tonal balance. Power control outputs will turn a complete McIntosh system on or off using the front panel or remote control.

While featuring a retro look, timeless McIntosh design cues such as a partial black glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum end caps allows the C22 to seamlessly blend in with other McIntosh components to create one cohesive system.

Electronic Specifications

Ultra Low Distortion


Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -1dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz

Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)

16/8 V RMS

Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)

20K ohm, 20K ohm

Phono Voltage Gain


High Level Voltage Gain


Signal To Noise Ratio


Dual Mono Power Supply


Dual Mono, Fully Balanced



Headphone Output

Yes 1/4"

Inputs Unbalanced

6 Stereo + 2 Phono

Inputs Balanced

2 Stereo

Variable Outputs Unbalanced

3 Stereo

Variable Outputs Balanced

1 Stereo

Digital USB Input


Digital Coaxial Input


Digital Optical Input


Digital DIN Input


Phono Moving Magnet

Yes, adjustable loading

Phono Moving Coil

Yes, adjustable loading

Record Processor Loop


Input Level Match


Home Theater Pass Through



Tone Controls

Bass and Treble

Tone Bypass and Input Assign

Bypass: Yes
Input Assign: No

RS232 Control Input


Power Control Output

2 Main, 2 Switched

Rear Panel Data Ports

Yes, 8

Rear Panel IR Sensor Input


General Specifications

Multi-Chassis or Single


Output Meters


Tube or Solid State

Tube, 6 ea. 12AX7a

On, Power Consumption

75 watts

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17.5" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 18" (45.72cm)


27 lbs (12.25kg)

Shipping Weight

43.4 lbs (19.68kg)

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