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MCD550 CD Player


The MCD550 is McIntosh's premier solid-state CD player. It uses an impressive 32-bit / 192 kHz PCM/DSD DAC to ensure that when you play a CD you will receive as much of the information as is possible, for a truly memorable audio experience.

The 8 channel DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode, meaning it uses 4 DAC channels per audio channel, reproducing music at all levels with excellent precision and musicality.

The DAC decodes PCM signal when playing from CDs or any of the digital inputs, but when an SACD is played, the DAC is able to decode the DSD signal for unbelievable quality. 

Often seen as a must by audiophiles, the MCD550 offers balanced outputs as well as the unbalanced, which can all be fixed or variable. This means the MCD550 will be able to slot in easily to almost any system. The variable outputs allow for direct connection to a power amplifier without the use of a preamplifier.

This CD player also features 3 digital inputs, if you are looking to use it as a 24 bit DAC. It has coaxial, optical and USB. This just adds to the amazing versatility of this product. 

Speaking of versatility, the MCD550 also features the McIntosh 'High Drive' headphone amplifier, so you are able to play your CDs directly into headphones, still at fantastic quality. 

The MCD550 reads your CDs at a higher speed and stores the data in a buffer memory for better error correction and tracking, thus increasing overall audio performance.

Made in America and built to last, the MCD550 is manufactured to the extremely high standards of McIntosh, this means that the product will last a very long time. Buying a McIntosh product can often mean buying a product for life. 

Using the iconic McIntosh design principles, this CD player will fit perfectly with any other McIntosh product and is ideal for someone who wants to add a high quality source to their Mac setup. 


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