McIntosh C22 MK V


This newest version of our C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier – the Mk V – is the direct replacement to their highly regarded C70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which commemorated their 70th Anniversary that took place in 2019

McIntosh C22 MK V

McIntosh C22 MK V

This newest version of our C22 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier – the Mk V – is the direct replacement to their highly regarded C70 Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which commemorated their 70th Anniversary that took place in 2019.

The new C22 Mk V is the latest McIntosh vacuum tube preamplifier to carry the cherished C22 model number.

It has all the performance of the acclaimed C70 but with the hallowed C22 moniker and its signature glass and aluminium front panel design.

The McIntosh C22 MK V uses one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes which can be seen through a glass panel located on the top of the preamp.

McIntosh C22 MK V Valves

Knobs and rocker switches operate all control functions while modern LED lights indicate input selection and volume level.

The C22 Mk V has two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet phono inputs, for a total of seven inputs.

There are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced output connections; the two outputs allow sending signals to two separate power amplifiers.

Bypassable bass and treble tone controls are located on the front panel and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs.

Impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs can also be adjusted via separate rotary knobs.

In addition to setting the listening level, the volume knob can also be used to adjust the relative volume balance between the left and right audio channels.

The ¼” headphone jack is powered by our High Drive headphone amplifier and features their Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology.

HXD improves the sound localisation for headphone listening by restoring the directionality component of the sound stage that’s normally only heard from loudspeakers.

Their Power Control technology is included with four ports that can automatically turn other connected McIntosh components such as amplifiersCD players or turntables, on and off.

Data ports are also present and can control basic functions of connected McIntosh source components via the included remote control.

The C22 MK V sits atop a stunning polished stainless steel chassis and features the timeless McIntosh illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminium end caps.

With its retro black glass and aluminium front panel design, the C22 Mk V will fit right in with McIntosh home audio systems of any era – from the 1950s to current day.


McIntosh C22 MK V Specifications
  • Number of Channels


  • Total Harmonic Distortion


  • Frequency Response

+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
+0, -3dB from 15Hz to 100kHz

  • Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)

16V RMS / 8V RMS

  • Sensitivity High Level (Balanced / Unbalanced)

900mV / 450mV

  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Coil)


  • Sensitivity Phono (Moving Magnet)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio (High Level)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Coil)


  • Signal To Noise Ratio (Moving Magnet)


  • Voltage Gain (High Level)


  • Voltage Gain (Moving Coil)


  • Voltage Gain (Moving Magnet)


  • Input Impedance (Balanced / Unbalanced)

44K ohm, 22K ohm


  • Balanced Input


  • Unbalanced Input


  • Phono Input Moving Coil

1 (adjustable)

  • Phono Input Moving Magnet

1 (adjustable)

  • Upgradeable Digital Audio Module


  • Digital Coaxial Input


  • Digital Optical Input


  • Digital MCT (DIN) Input


  • Digital USB Input


  • HDMI (ARC) Input


  • Digital AES/EBU Input


  • Balanced Fixed Output


  • Balanced Variable Output


  • Unbalanced Fixed Output


  • Unbalanced Variable Output


  • Headphone Output

1/4″ High Drive with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)

McIntosh C22 MK V Headphones
  • Input Level Match


  • Home Theater PassThru


  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type

Premium gold-plated solid brass

  • Service Port



  • Tone Controls

Bass and Treble

  • Tone Bypass and Input Assign

Tone Bypass: Yes
Input Assign: No

  • RS232 Control Input


  • Power Control Output

2 Main, 2 Switched

  • Rear Panel Data Port


  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input



  • Multi-Chassis or Single

Single, two layer

  • Output Meters


  • Vacuum Tube or Solid State

Vacuum Tube: (5) 12AX7A and (1) 12AT7

  • Power Consumption (On)

50 Watts


  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

17.5″ (44.45cm) x 6″ (15.24cm) x 18″ (45.72cm)

  • Weight

25 lbs (11.3kg)

  • Shipping Weight

41.4 lbs (18.8kg)

Additional information

Weight 18.8 kg



McIntosh Heritage Founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh and Gordon Gow McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Their iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognised as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music. McIntosh products are designed and handcrafted at their Binghamton, NY factory by their dedicated employees who share a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. Since their inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead "Wall of Sound," McIntosh has not only witnessed history, they have shaped it.

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