McIntosh unveils new solid state amp and vacuum tube pre-amp, the MC830 and C8

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Based on designs from the 1950s and 1960.

McIntosh is releasing a new solid state amplifier, the MC830, and a new vacuum tube pre-amplifier, the C8, this September.

Read more: The making of McIntosh’s iconic amplifiers


The MC830

The 1-channel, solid state amplifier features an output of 300 watts into 8 ohms and 480 watts into 4 ohms.

MC830 also includes McIntosh’s power guard technology, which monitor’s the amplifier’s output signal to protect your speaker – and the company’s sentry monitor protection, which automatically stops the MC830’s output stage before the current exceeds safe levels.

Priced at £3,000 the MC830 measures 12.2″ x 9.5″ x 16″, and weighs 21.8kg.


The C8

The pre-amplifier is powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes. It includes one balanced output, two unbalanced analogue inputs, one moving coil input and one moving magnet phono input – as well as bass and treble control.

Priced at £2,700, the C8 measures 12.2″ x 7.6″ x 16.2″, and weighs 8.2kg.

Both products will go on sale this September.

Head here for more info on the MC830, and here for the C8.