McIntosh C 47 – 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 47?

Number of Channels:
Total Harmonic Distortion:
Frequency Response:
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz, +0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz
Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced):
16V RMS / 8V RMS
Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced):
900mV / 450mV
Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil):
Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet):
Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level):
Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil):
Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet):
Voltage Gain (High Level):
Voltage Gain (Moving Coil):
Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet):
Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced):
44K ohm, 22K ohm Dimensions (W x H x D), 17.5"" (44.45cm) x 6"" (15.2cm) x 18"" (45.72cm)
23 lbs (10.4 kg)
Shipping Weight:
37.5 lbs (17 kg)

What else to know about the McIntosh C 47?

"The C47 preamp's tonal balance is neutral, I was halfway expecting it to sound soft and tube-like but the C47 is a 100 percent solid state design. Dynamic impact and overall liveliness was very good. It may have the classic McIntosh look, but the C47's features set is very 2018. This preamp's abundant connectivity options should satisfy most audiophiles, there are separate moving-coil and moving-magnet phono inputs, three stereo RCA inputs, two sets of stereo XLR inputs, three sets of stereo RCA outputs, two sets of stereo XLR outputs, and a 6.3mm headphone jack on the front panel; digital inputs include one each USB and coaxial, two optical, and one MCT port for use with selected McIntosh CD/SACD players. There's also an assortment of data ports, voltage triggers, and external controls for use with multi-room home systems. As you can see the C47's connectivity is pretty extensive, with the notable absence of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the C47 stays close to its role as a traditional two-channel preamplifier. ...I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these two McIntosh components. While I like the C47, it's a very competent sounding preamp with a very generous features set, I was more impressed with the MCT500. This high-end transport it will bring out the best in the sound of all your CDs and SACDs." - CNET

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?

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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.