McIntosh C15 Preamplifiers

4.71/5 (14 Reviews) MSRP : $1500.00


Product Description

Two-channel stereo preamplifier


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
You just have to love the teal-colored backlit nomenclature that makes operating this fantastic sounding preamp in the dark a pleasure. Warm and detailed without a hint of harshness place this high end preamp in the true bargain category for the $1K to $2K range. Highly recommended, especially if you have an affinity for Mac to begin with.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Well, before buying this preamp my setup consisted of Paradigm Active/20 speakers, and a Sony ES CD player with variable volume output for the signal. Having added a Pioneer DV-09, I needed a preamp. I was wondering how an extra piece of gear in the line-up would affect the pure sound, and was surprised that it sounded better! More dynamic and powerful, and maintaining the neutrality. Buying a piece of McIntosh gear is like an investment, since it will probably last a very long time, and the simple design, neautrality of sound, and build quality will hold up through the years of the latest and greatest products to come and go.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Pyramid (AK)



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely beautiful piece of equipment. Before changing to the Mac I was using an Adcom GTP-600. The first thing I noticed when I changed to the Mcintosh was a more pronounced and tighter low frequency. Midrange is warm with great depth and space. Quiet background and just the features I needed for my two-channel system. Remote and Phono are a big plus. The remote isn't the best but as long as it turns up the volume thats all I care about. The build quality is excellent and overall I would say this is the best preamp I've heard in this price range.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $80000.00

Purchased At:   internet



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This unit is currently discontinued by McIntosh. At the price I paid, it's a great performer. If you can find one, BUY it! It sounds better then a lot of high price pre-amps.

My System:
C15 (pre-amp)
Mc352 (power amp)
Scdc333ES (SACD/CD Player)
Electra 915 (main speakers)
MIT Terminator 2 Bi-wire (wires)
MIT T2 (interconnects)

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $800.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bjm a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have my C15 mated to a MC122 via Kimber Silver Streak and find the combination to provide an extraordinary presentation for the music---especially at its price. On listening to this combo makes it easy to question spending a whole lot more on this type of equipment. There are a lot of the "audiophile" darlings out there that can't hold a candle to the sound and overall quality of these Macs.
The C15 has a great built-in moving magnet phono preamp and provides good flexibility for a modest system. All inputs yield a very quiet background and the sound is clear, balanced and lively, with liquid highs; quick, tight and deep bass, and a killer midrange that brings female vocalists right into the room.
If you're in the market foa a new setup, check them out. It may be the last time you ever have to look!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000




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Need a Pre-Amp (c15?) for McInstosh MC122 Amp

I own an MC122 and would like to set up a 2 channel room using it as the base - need a pre-amp - shoudl I buy a used c15 which seems to have been the choice when the MC122 came out or look elsewhere - will add MArtin Logan's, Turtable , and good CD player next - Pls help.Read More »

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