I compared them at a dealers premises for several hours, before deciding to buy the C200. They are, as you might expect, close together, but - as good as the C2200 already is - the C200 is the better preamp. As naturally sounding as the C2200, but even more details, more bass slam, better soundstaging with large orchestral music, more PRAT with rock music. Another plus is the MC-phono stage with the C200. You may be aware of the C200-review in Stereophile, which gave the MC-stage an "incomplete"-grade. I rather think that the review was incomplete, because the reviewer did not try e.g. an Ortofon-cartridge, recommended for use with the MC-stage. This is what I did, and the result is splendid. Transfiguration, Koetsu or Lyra-cartridges would be other good choices. You do not need another external MC-phono stage with the C200. So, if you are into vinyl, too, the price difference between the two preamps looks already different. The only minus I can see with the C200, after owning it for more than two years now, is the lack of tone controls, which the C2200 or C46 offer. Lastly, a few bulbs burned out a year ago, whereas the newer models such as the C46 offer the new fiber-optic lighting. You can, however, buy spare bulbs from McIntosh, and do a repair yourself, if need arises.
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