Which pre?

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  1. grillebilly

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    I am in the market for a McIntosh preamp to go with a MC452 amp. I have 2 turntables, 2 CD players and a cassette deck. All of my TV and DVD stuff goes through a different system.
    It looks like a C47 is the match being offered new. I'm not sure I need all the bells and whistles it has, but who knows, I might in the future.
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
     

     

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  2. techguy0192

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    The C47 is excellent and represents a great value at the price point. You could use the onboard DAC with your current CD players; the DAC section is really good. I also really like how the phono settings can be changed on the fly using the remote.
     
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  3. kevzep

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    If I had a choice, it would be the C52, but the C47 is minimal elegant and has everything you need.... Thats why I went for the C48, has all you need and probably doesn't sound any different than a C50....
    I put a vote in for the C47.
     
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    Being able to change impedance with MC carts would be a huge benefit.
     
  5. techguy0192

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    The DAC in the 47 and 52 are identical.
     
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    I just got the C47, after looking at a lot of McIntosh pres, the price performance was very good.... I must say the DAC has me reevaluating digial.
     

     

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    Or a C100, I just couldn't find one. A tip take your time for one of the three I posted.
     
  10. kevzep

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    Because they are old....:D
     
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    Old Flagships, I had a C2300 and sold because the C100 was better, I even bought a second one.
     

     

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  12. damacman

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    Fully balanced two box pres never get old sir ... ;)
     
  13. grillebilly

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    I appreciate all the input. I contacted Audio Classics and they made a recommendation that I will probably go with. I will do a little more homework and call them back tomorrow and see if we can seal a deal.
     
  14. kevzep

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    Hahaha, just pulling ya strings, I know how you like all that old stuff........:D
     
  15. kevzep

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    Oooooooo, sounds interesting.....We wait with baited breath...
     
  16. louisjames

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    If you can swing it go with the C52. It's a fabulous pre and the flexibility of the EQ section is a joy to have. I had a C47 for a bit and thought it a very good preamp. But if I had the dough a C52 would be in the rack. Sounds like you already have something in the works but figured I would weigh in.
     

     

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  17. twiiii

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    Once you own a pre-amp with Graphic tone controls and you play a a lot of LP's you will never go back.. A lot of LPs have a blossom around150 hz and are week below 70hz. A C48/50/52 are perfect solutions. As later pre-amps won't fit in my cabinet I use a C-34 with a MP 100, great sound. And with a digital output I can also feed my HT processor, to. All three will help you with week highs. I just wish there was a 4.0 Khz in addition when some recording are to hard sounding. But then thats Why I also have a 12 band graphic EQ connected to the C-34.
     
  18. louisjames

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    Plus with the 52 you get dem sweet ol meters and the great EQ. :)
     
  19. grillebilly

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    I have tone controls and had an equalizer in my current system and never use them. The 452 has the meters, so having another set seems like a waste. Records are still #1 in my house, but not as much as just a couple years ago. I'm enjoying CD's more than ever now, and it's tough to beat the price on them.
    I used to have an EQ and a reverb amp, speakers everywhere, they were fun, but I've gone the other direction. Simple and stripped down.
     
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  20. kevzep

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    I never use the tone controls on my C48, I have about 4 custom EQ curves in the MEN220 which I never use, when the system is balanced properly I find I use tome controls less and less.....
     

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