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
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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