Arcam C49 Pre-Amplifier


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The C49 is the P49's dedicated pre-amplifier, featuring a number of high quality connections including 9 pairs of phono inputs, two XLR inputs and two XLR outputs, as well as an enhanced headphone output. Arcam claim that the best way to acheive the most ideal result from this unit, would be to combine it with six bridged P49s together, connected to high quality, tri-wirable loudspeakers. 

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.

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 Phono (MM) Cartridge  
Input Sensitivity at 1kHz 5mV 
 Input Impedance 47kOhms + 100pF 
Frequency Response   20Hz-20kHz (+-) 1dB
 Signal/Noise Ratio 80dB
Overload Margin 50mV at 1kHz 2-dB
Nominal Sensitivity RCA: 1V
XLR: 2V 
Input Impedance RCA: 10k Ohms
XLR: 10k Ohms 
Maximum Input RCA: 4.6V
XLR: 8.2V 
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz (+-) 0.05dB
Signal/Noise Ratio 105dB

Preamplifier Output

Nominal Output Level RCA: 1.15V
XLR: 2.3V 
Output Impedance RCA: 47 Ohms
XLR: 200 Ohms 

Headphones Ouput

Maximum Output Level into 600 Ohms 4Vrms
Output Impedance 1 Ohm
Load Range 16-2k Ohms

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