McIntosh launches new MCD550 SACD/CD player

Featuring a three-input 32-bit DAC

by hodg100 Feb 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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    McIntosh launches new MCD550 SACD/CD player
    McIntosh Laboratory has launched a CD/SACD player, the MCD550.
    The new player features an eight-channel, 32-bit/192kHz PCM/DSD digital to analogue converter that operates in quad-balanced mode, utilising four DAC paths per audio channel.

    The three-strong digital input suite in the McIntosh Digital Engine includes a coaxial and optical input, plus a dedicated asynchronous USB 2.0 input (operating at up to 24-bit) which allows for the direct transfer of digitally stored music at up to 192kHz resolution.

    The MCD550 has both coaxial and optical outputs, for use with a digital preamp or home theatre processor, plus both (fixed and variable) balanced and unbalanced outputs.
    It's certainly a 'looker', one way or the other
    McIntosh MCD550

    The MCD550 has a new transport section with a die-cast aluminium tray and also boats the latest in digital servo technology for faster, quieter and more accurate operation; the disc’s audio data is read at twice the normal rate, for better disc-tracking and error-correction processing.

    The player carries similar styling to the rest of the Company’s product range, so you’ll either love it or hate it, and has a panel display indicating the current disc’s playback status, digital input status and the variable audio output volume level.

    Also featured on the fascia is dial-based level control for volume adjustment of headphones, volume-matching with other source components when the player is used in a system, and for volume control when using a direct connection to a power amplifier. A dial control is also employed for track selection.

    As well as the familiar styling, the MCD550 carries McIntosh’s usual premium price-tag and will retail for around £6,395 upon its availability later in February.

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