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Discover What's on Your Discs With the McIntosh MCD550 SACD/CD Player: Reference Sound With Quad Balanced 32-Bit/192kHz DAC, Headphone Amplifier, and Asynchronous USB 2.0 Input

Maximize the potential of your SACD and CD library with the McIntosh MCD550 SACD/CD player. Elevated to extreme levels of performance by its Quad Balanced 32-bit/192kHz DAC system – featuring four DACs per audio channel for unbelievable fidelity – MCD550 will have you pulling out discs by the dozens and discovering dynamics, textures, details, and passages you never knew existed on your recordings. MCD550 also handles computer audio via an asynchronous USB 2.0 input that makes direct streaming of 24-bit/192kHz files a cinch. More convenience comes courtesy of variable balanced and unbalanced outputs that allow for MCD550 to be connected to an amplifier without requiring a separate preamplifier. Two other digital inputs, and coaxial and optical outputs, further expand the flexibility and practicality of a U.S.A.-built component that also has an audiophile-grade High Drive headphone amplifier to enhance your personal listening experiences.

Everything about the Product of the Year Award-winning MCD550 impresses. Not the least of which is the pure, open, transparent, and realistic sonics. Once you hear MCD550, you'll likely start wondering why everyone is making such a fuss over files. Your discs will sound that engaging. Part of the reason owes to the fact MCD550 reads discs at a terrifically high speed, then stores the data in a buffer memory, improving both error correction and tracking. A premium die-cast-aluminum CD tray cradles discs with utmost care while operating with dead-silent quiet, and McIntosh's gold-plated connectors ensure optimal clarity. Add in a linear power supply with special R-core power transformer, ergonomic front-panel display, McIntosh's signature black glass faceplate, and a world-beating remote control, and MCD550 is more than a SACD/CD player. It's a gateway to musical truth and the absolute in pride of ownership. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

An Unparalleled Heritage of Prestigious Craftsmanship
McIntosh has been handmaking world-class audio equipment for seven decades. Each component is produced in the same upstate New York factory the company has called home for 60 years. Recognized and revered around the globe, McIntosh continues to set new standards for high-end performance, unstinting reliability, and product longevity. Its storied tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship, pride, and service is shared by only the most iconic American brands. In an era where manufacturing shortcuts and outsourcing are the norm, McIntosh takes a no-compromise approach defined by hands-on workmanship, singular expertise, and an unabated passion for being the best in its field. These rarified characteristics set McIntosh apart. While most audio companies emulate the competition, McIntosh leads by living up to – and exceeding – its own benchmarks. That's the mark of a legend.

Handmade for Everyone That Appreciates the Superiority of Hands-On Artistry
McIntosh's handcrafted ethic predates by more than half a century the handcrafted movement currently re-defining the beer, food, furniture, jewelry, and soap industries. From patrons of farm-to-table restaurants to fans of limited-batch beer, people increasingly realize the importance and superiority of handcrafted goods in their everyday life. Whether it's the exacting detail afforded the PC boards, the meticulous attention paid to the hand-wound transformer coils, or the innovation behind patented Power Guard circuitry, McIntosh shares in the same belief. Rather than cut corners or adhere to mass-produced construction, McIntosh only puts its name on components that deliver paragon experiences by way of their unassailable artistry and precision-minded quality. While McIntosh products don't come cheap, they stand out – and stand the test of time – in a world flooded by homogeneity and inferiority.

Aspire to Own an American Icon
McIntosh amplifiers broadcast President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech and powered the original Woodstock festival. Nearly 29,000 watts of McIntosh power fueled the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound, regarded by many as the finest-sounding concert system ever devised. McIntosh has assisted in the recording of some of history's most celebrated albums, including the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. David Bowie collaborator/noted producer Tony Visconti and Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir are among the countless McIntosh devotees. Thousands of older McIntosh components remain active in systems, having been built to last a lifetime. The history is clear: With McIntosh, you're not only considering today but planning for endless tomorrows. McIntosh is legacy audio you bequeath to future generations. The reason wish lists exists, McIntosh is the dream you aspire to own and, once you do, you cherish forever.

Number of Channels: 2
Analog Audio Outputs: Unbalanced and Balanced stereo, Fixed and Variable
Fixed Output Level:
   2.0Vrms Unbalanced
   4.0Vrms Balanced
Variable Output Level:
   0 - 8.0Vrms Unbalanced
   0 - 16.0Vrms Balanced
Output Impedance: 600 ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
Frequency Response:
   4Hz to 40,000Hz, +0.5, -2dB (SACD)
   4Hz to 20,000Hz, ±0.5dB (CD)
SNR: >110dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic Range: >100dB
Total Harmonic Distortion:
   0.002% @ 1000Hz (SACD)
   0.002% @ 1000Hz (CD)
Channel Separation: Better than 98dB (1,000Hz)
Headphone Output Impedance: 47 ohms
Sample Rate:
   Coaxial: 16, 24-Bit/96kHz
   Optical: 16, 24-Bit/192kHz
   USB: 16, 24-Bit/192kHz
   Coaxial: 0.5V p-p/75 ohms
   Optical: -15dbm to -21dbm
   USB: USB Type B Connector
Digital Output Sample Rate: Up to 24-Bit/192kHz
   Coaxial: 0.5V p-p/75 ohms
   Optical: -15dbm to -21dbm
Disc Formats: CD, SACD, MP3 and WMA
Disc Capacity: 1
Laser Type: Twin Beam
Laser Beam Wavelength: 650nm (SACD)
790nm (CD)
Laser Power: CLASS IIa/CLASS I
Standby Power Requirement: <0.5 watt
Dimensions (WHD): 17-1/2" x 6" x 19"
Weight: 28 lbs.

User Manual (PDF, 11 MB)

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