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McIntosh's Tube Preamp
By Larry Greenhill Posted: Jan 6, 2006
McIntosh demonstrated a vacuum-tube version of its C1000 preamplifier in its two-channel audio room at the Alexis Villas. Retailing for $9000 and weighing in at 54 lbs, the C-1000T has fully balanced, dual-mono, MC and MM phono stages, balanced and single-ended inputs and outputs, and a front-panel window to show off four of the eight 12AX7 tubes. Mirrors create a barbershop effect of endless reflections, suggesting the presence of many more tubes than are actually there. Even so, I found the effect pleasing.
The remote has enough controls to allow the C1000T's owner to "become a total couch potato," said McIntosh's Ron Cornelius. Cartridge loading impedance and capacitance can be set on the fly.