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Arcam C49 Reference Pre Amplifier

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£2,287.50 Exc. VAT |  


In order to achieve the highest possible performance from this FMJ product, we thoroughly recommend you ask us to calibrate and install this product for you in the comfort of your home.


Arcam C49 Reference Pre Amplifier

Arcam’s C49 pre-amplifier has been conceived to work in harmony with the P49 power amplifier, providing many discrete inputs and isolating the low-voltage/current feeds from the potentially noisy high-power/current stages. It like others in the FMJ range it represents the pinnacle of Arcam’s audio engineering. Setting out to incorporate everything 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.

They have created something that can cope with the multitude of potential input sources that abound these days, delivering a sonic performance that is difficult to beat at this price point.

Faithful Musical Joy Principles

The A49 is part of a collection of products that embodies Arcam’s FMJ principles: 'The ability to reproduce an utterly convincing three-dimensional sound stage that will really draw you into the heart of the drama'. In addition all FMJ products are manufactured in a black finish to seamlessly blend with any style of décor.

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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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