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McIntosh C26

Stereo Pre Amplifier (1970-75)

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McIntosh C26


The McIntosh C26 is a glass fronted pre-amplifier featuring two phono, one tuner and one auxiliary input, and two tape loops.


Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.1%

Gain: 62dB (MM), 20dB (line)

Input sensitivity: 2mV (MM), 250mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 74dB (MM), 85dB (line)

Output: 250mV (line), 2.5V (Pre out)

Semiconductors: 18 x transistors, 3 x diodes

Dimensions: 406.4 x 138.1 x 330mm

Weight: 14.97kg

Finish: anodized gold and black

Year: 1968


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Reviewed Dec 11th, 2014 by hlferg

What it lacks in audio it makes up for in looks many times over, impressive, beautiful preamplifier. Above average. Does have a bit of tinny quality to it on the high side. Low side is a more thumpy than I like, but over all one of the best preamps, yes it has been serviced...Not quite up to my NAD1600 or the preamp section of my Marantz 1090, (not as full).
This is not a negative...do you buy a pretty car or an effecient car?



re: C26

Very Good sound

Quite a fine preamp

I mostly prefer to listen to my old DYNA PAS tube preamp, but the C26 has a lovely sound. They both work very well with live recordings. What they lack in detail and definition they make up in room acoustics, brassy bite and sparkle.

Connection to external power Amp

Anyone know, in which termination points at the rear end for connection to power amp?

McIntosh C26

Do you also have a copy of the owners manual for this preamp?

Luxman M4000

Wondering if anyone has a schematic and manual for a luxman m4000 also c1000

regards mjs_56

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luxman m4000

i just upload a service manual for the luxman m4000 it will be available soon.

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