New to the C52 is that all inputs are available all of the time – even if you assign certain inputs to certain devices, giving you more freedom to configure your system the way you want. The outputs have also been updated to be easier to operate when bi-amping or tri-amping so that your highs and/or lows are not inadvertently turned off. An 8 band analog equaliser allows you to fine tune your various music sources just the way you like. For headphone listening, an added dimension can be brought to your music with the addition of Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®). The Home Theatre Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your multi-channel home theatre system.
This “battleship of a preamplifier” has all the connections one could want “and then some… McIntosh has taken the term ‘comprehensively equipped’ and run with it, for maximum flexibility and future proofing… If you’re looking to indulge in your music instead of the sound it makes, then the C52 and MC301 are ‘strongly recommended.'” – Hi-Fi+
The C52’s classic black glass front panel, blue meters, knobs, illuminated logo and brushed aluminium end caps are all housed in an attractive polished stainless steel chassis that delivers a timeless look. It can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, speakers, room correction devices, CD players, turntables, tuners and other source components to make a complete home audio system.