Bringing music and movies to life

C49

Pre-amplifier

Arcam’s C49 pre-amplifier represents the pinnacle of Arcam’s audio engineering. We set out to incorporate everything we have learnt in almost 40 years to deliver a pre-amplifier that will set new standards and provide class leading sound quality for the best possible reproduction of your music.

Drawing on the many years of amplifier design experience at Arcam, the C49 uses the best quality components and engineering practice to produce a product that will give many years of musical pleasure and reliable service.

The C49 features dual mono volume controls and a balanced signal path all the way though the product together with distortion nulling input multiplexers. Rest assured you will be hearing the music just as the artist intended.

There have been great strides made in improving audio sources and loudspeakers in recent years and the time is right to match them in the field of amplifier design. This ground breaking pre-amplifier is a must audition product for music lovers.

The C49 has been designed with system building flexibility in mind, allowing for the “ultimate” system of a C49 with six bridged P49s tri-amping the speakers.

With total clarity, the C49 uncovers a level of detail in the music you never realised was there!

Technical Specifications

Inputs - Phono (MM) cartridge

  • Input sensitivity at 1kHz - 5mV
  • Input impedance - 47kΩ +100pF
  • Frequency response (ref. RIAA curve) - 20Hz-20kHz +/- 1dB
  • Signal/noise ratio (Awtd) 50W, ref. 5mV input - 80dB
  • Overload margin, 5mV at 1kHz - 20dB

Inputs

  • Nominal sensitivity - 1V (RCA), 2V (XLR)
  • Input impedance - 10kΩ
  • Maximum input - 4.6V (RCA), 8.2V (XLR)
  • Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.05dB
  • Signal/noise ratio (Awtd) 50W, ref 1V input - 105dB

Preamplifier output

  • Nominal output level - 1.15V (RCA), 2.3V (XLR)
  • Output impedance - 47Ω (RCA), 200Ω (XLR)

Headphones output

  • Maximum output level into 600Ω - 4Vrms
  • Output impedance - 1Ω
  • Load range - 16Ω-2kΩ

General

  • Power consumption (standby) - <0.5W

Dimensions & Weights

  • W x D (inc. speaker terminals) x H (inc. feet) - 433 x 410 x 171mm
  • Weight (net) - 8.7kg
  • Weight (packed) - 10.4kg

EAN/UPC code

5 060133 602323

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