For screen reader problems with this website, please call217.793.88882 1 7 7 9 3 8 8 8 8Standard carrier rates apply to texts.

McIntosh® 2 Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier-C2600

Model #: C2600
At a Glance

McIntosh® 2 Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier with electromagnetic input switching on all inputs and precision tracking volume control

Call for Best Price
Don't Forget These Add Ons

2 Year Parts & Labor Warranty $7,500 - $9999.99


x 1

3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty $7,500 - $9999.99


x 1

5 Year Parts & Labor Warranty $7,500 - $9999.99


x 1

Get to know this product.

The C2300 was one of the most admired McIntosh tube preamps ever made. Its successor the C2500 has been even more popular. Building upon those successes is the C2600 which incorporates the best of the previous models while adding our advanced digital audio section and upgraded tube circuitry design. 

The C2600 is a versatile preamplifier with an expansive set of 16 inputs to connect virtually all your analog or digital music sources. For audio purity, the analog and digital sections are housed separately in our dual chassis design to prevent signal corruption. Analog inputs include 3 balanced, 4 unbalanced plus 1 each dedicated Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono inputs. Digital inputs consist of 3 optical, 2 coax, 1 USB and 1 McIntosh exclusive MCT connection. Three sets of balanced and unbalanced analog outputs will connect the C2600 to your amplifier. 

  • "Lately, I've reviewed a few preamplifiers that are priced much higher than this preamp, but when I put the McIntosh C2600 in my system I was pleasantly surprised. I was not only surprised with its sonic performance, but that this performance comes with so many features. Its number of inputs, tone controls, programmability, not to mention high-performance internal DAC and superb phono section."

The C2600 features a 32-bit/384kHz, DSD digital-to-analog-converter (DAC). The optical and coax inputs will decode digital music at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. The C2600 is also capable of decoding and playing DSD files; the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. When paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport, the proprietary MCT input offers a secure DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs in order to deliver the purist possible sound quality. 

With the C2600, all inputs can be renamed to your preference and are available all of the time, giving you more freedom to configure your system. 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 accidentally turned off. Bass and treble tone controls can adjust individual sources as needed. For headphone listening, the addition of Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) brings an added dimension to your music. The H?ome Theater Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your multi-channel home theater system. 

The C2600 features classic McIntosh design cues that not only blend with existing systems but also with any room décor. It can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, speakers, room correction devices, CD players, turntables and tuners to make a complete home audio system. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

  • Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
  • 3 Balanced (XLR) Inputs
  • 4 Unbalanced Inputs
  • MC & MM Phono Inputs
  • 3 Balanced (XLR) Outputs
  • 3 Unbalanced Outputs
  • 3 Optical & 2 Coax Inputs at 24-bit/192kHz
  • 1 USB Input at 32-bit/384kHz
  • 1 MCT Input for SACD playback from MCT450 Transport
  • Supports DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DXD 352.8kHz & DXD 384kHz
  • Front Panel Headphone Jack with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
  • Output Meters


Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs:2
Headset Jack:Yes
Optical Digital(Fiber Optic) Audio Inputs:3


Power On Consumption (watts):50
Signal to Noise Ratio:100 dB

Misc. Specs

Product Weight29.5
Depth (in.)18
Width (in.)17.5
Height (in.)7.625
Manufacturer Warranty3 Year
WarningProposition 65 Warning for California Residents