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Following in a long line of revered McIntosh vacuum tube preamplifiers comes the new C2700 Tube Preamplifier. Using McIntosh's well-established vacuum tube topology, the C2700 also features the advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module technology to combine cutting edge digital music capabilities with time tested vacuum tube performance.
A worthy successor to McIntosh's popular DA1 Digital Audio Module, the DA2 features an expanded set of capabilities. The DA2 offers 7 digital inputs including all the same connections found on the DA1 plus a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection. TVs with a compatible HDMI (ARC) output can be connected to the C2700 to enjoy your TV's sound through your home audio system. Besides the new HDMI (ARC) input, the USB input has increased DSD playback support up to DSD512 compared to the DSD256 limit of the DA1.
The DA2 is powered by a next generation, audiophile-grade, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that has improvements in both dynamic range and total harmonic distortion. The coax and optical inputs in the DA2 can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz for playback of high resolution audio.
For analog music, the C2700 has 9 inputs to go along with its 7 digital inputs for a total of 16 inputs - a virtually infinite number to connect all your music sources. Outputs include 3 variable balanced and 3 variable unbalanced plus 1 fixed unbalanced connection.
All the C2700's audio technology is packed inside the timeless McIntosh design. The 6 alluring vacuum tubes can be viewed through a glass panel located on the top of the preamplifier. It can be paired with an assortment of amplifiers, CD players, turntables, tuners, media streamers, room correction devices and speakers to complete your home audio system.