McIntosh’s latest C2700 valve preamplifier incorporates the company’s new DA2 Digital Audio Module to add upgradeable digital music capabilities to the pre-amp’s analogue inputs. (Click images to enlarge.)

McIntosh’s DA2 has seven digital inputs—two coaxial, two optical, one USB, one MCT and one audio-only HDMI ARC. The HDMI input supports multi-channel Dolby and DTS but mixes them down to stereo and the USB input supports PCM up to 384kHz and up to DSD512. The coax and optical inputs support up to 24-bit/192kHz. (The MCT input decodes hi-res data streamed from McIntosh SACD transports.)

On the analogue side, the C2700 three balanced and four unbalanced line-level inputs, plus both moving-coil and moving-magnet phono inputs. It has five analogue outputs, three balanced variable, three unbalanced variable and one fixed unbalanced. It also has a headphone output fitted with a Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD).

The C2700’s six valves are visible through a glass panel at the top of the amplifier, and of course the front panel is the familiar back-lit black glass with blue VU meters, rotary knobs, an illuminated logo, and aluminium end caps. The chassis is polished stainless steel.

'The new McIntosh C2700 preamplifier combines cutting-edge digital music with time-tested valve performance,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes McIntosh in Australia. ‘And this new McIntosh really will be timeless, thanks to the use of upgradeable modules for the digital section, so that in the event of a new digital format in the future, you’ll only have to swap out the existing DA2 module and replace it with a new one to bring your C2700 right up to date.’

When it becomes available in Australia in October, the McIntosh C2700 will retail for $15,495 (RRP).

For more information, contact Synergy AudioVisual