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McIntosh C31V Vintage Full Featured Preamp w/Phono and Remote Control

Sale price£2,079.00
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Mcintosh C31V Vintage Full Featured Preamp With Remote Control Preamplifier

McIntosh C31V Vintage Full Featured Preamp w/Phono and Remote Control

SkyFi 479

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States

+12018790000

This C31V preamp in super nice condition. Despite having volume up/down buttons, inside you'll find a traditional motorized volume control which is reliable and good sounding.

Features a nice 5-band EQ perfect for getting a bit more out of your vintage speakers.

Includes the super rare matching remote. I believe this was one of the first remote controllable preamps from McIntosh.

Super clean with some signs of use.

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best

Kimber Kable - Phono Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - Flagship Tonearm Interconnects - Best

Specifications:

Click here for a PDF copy of the McIntosh C31V Owner's Manual, and see our last photo for a copy of full specifications.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Preamplifiers:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCB’s for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR.

When we first power on a preamplifier we connect its RCA output to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates real world loading conditions and gives us an oscilloscope interface. The first order of business is checking that the volume control works smoothly throughout its entire range with acceptable channel balance. This is accomplished by feeding a 1KHz sine wave into one of the preamp’s line level inputs while monitoring the preamp’s output on an oscilloscope. We then switch to a 1KHz square wave to test the tone controls, loudness function, and filters where applicable. During this step we are watching for equal alteration of the test signal by both channels. This also helps us identify dirty controls that will need treatment. Once the basic line stage functions are verified, we test each input individually. This is especially important for devices that use relays to select their sources. If the preamp is equipped with a phono stage we test that as well. We use an inverse RIAA filter which allows us to feed a reference test signal into the phono input with the proper RIAA equalization and level. A square wave or sine sweep is used to verify that the device’s phono stage is faithfully reproducing the RIAA curve. If the preamp under test has balanced inputs and/or outputs these are tested as well.

We finish up our bench testing with a listening test with our bench amplifier and reference speakers. During this test we check for hum or hiss that may not have shown up in earlier testing. We also check that all of the tone controls and filters perform as expected. If the preamplifier has remote control functions these are also tested. Preamps with tube circuits or complicated power supply topologies are connected at our long term test rig for extended stress testing under real world conditions.

Item

Included

Original Box

Not Included

Manual

Not Included (Online)

Remote

Yes Included

Cables

Yes - Power Only

Physical Condition (Info Here)

7 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

SKU: 104149
Mcintosh C31V Vintage Full Featured Preamp With Remote Control Preamplifier
McIntosh C31V Vintage Full Featured Preamp w/Phono and Remote Control Sale price£2,079.00