McIntosh C 38 – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.

What are the specs for the McIntosh C 38?

Frequency response:
20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion:
60dB (MM), 20dB (line)
Input sensitivity:
2.5mV (MM), 250mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio:
90dB (MM), 105dB (line)
2.5V (Pre out), 8V (Pre out Max)
17.5 x 5.4 x 17 inches
20 lbs

What else to know about the McIntosh C 38?

"Ive owned my Mcintosh C-38 since 1996 & cannot find a preamp to best it,ive owned multiple MX models,the C-42 ,C-45 & C-50 in solid state,the C-20 ,C-22,C-2200 ,C-2300 & C-2500 in Mac tube preamps,ive also compared it against my loved Panor/Dynaco tube preamps and the only preamp that beats my C-38 is my brand new C-2600 tube preamp,the Bass & Treble circuits are + or - 12 db that are excellence in their implementation,the addition of the Mcintosh Loudness control circuit is much of what makes this such a special preamp,incorporating different amounts of the loudness contour at all listening levels adds a spaciousness and depth no other preamp has,not even my brand new C-2600,ive ran it with dual Mc-300 amps in mono with XRT-22 line arrays with amps ranging from a single Mc-252 up to my Mc-1201 mono blocks & the C-38 always makes me excited for the next song ,im retired & in my 70s where money isnt an issue,i keep my C-38 because when i buy a new preamp every 2 or 3 years the C-38 always sounds just as good or better,if you are lucky enough to find one with a remote control that isnt broken you buy that preamp before someone in the know grabs it." -

Brief History of McIntosh

Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.

Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy

Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.

StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?

If you are interested in selling your used McIntosh equipment to us in the greater NYC area or Colorado, please click here to fill out a Free Quote Form and we will get back to you. If we agree on terms, we come to meet you where you want, and pay cash.

The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.