Brand: McIntosh

McIntosh - MCD85 SACD/CD Player

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McIntosh - MCD85 SACD/CD Player


Make a Statement That Gets People Talking (and Listening): McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player Features 32-Bit Quad Balanced DAC, Two-Times Read Speed, and Smooth, Warm, Clear Sound

What makes the McIntosh MCD85 stand apart from most other SACD/CD players on the market? Well, apart from its gorgeous looks — more on that later — the differences start with its eight-channel 32-bit Quad Balanced DAC; a USB input that supports high-res playback up to DSD256 and DXD384; and two-times read speed that allows data to be stored in a buffer memory for better error correction and tracking. 

The distinguished traits continue to a disc tray with a custom front beveled nose that matches the angle of the chassis and provides smooth, quiet disc handling. Disc reading itself happens by way of a twin laser optical pickup that uses a single objective lens with two laser units, each employing different wavelengths optimized for SACD and CD playback, respectively. Balanced and unbalanced fixed analog stereo outputs, two coax and two optical digital inputs that support PCM, and Power Control and data ports for seamless integration with other McIntosh components are also here.

It all adds up to smooth, tonally rich, eminently clear sonics that expose the plethora of detail, dynamics, and depth that are present on your discs. This 20.5-pound component is serious about sound, and we’re quite confident you’ll be inspired to spin discs you haven’t touched in years once you hear how MCD85 handles important characteristics such as separation, immediacy, soundstaging, and non-fatiguing presence.  

To state the obvious, the retro-inspired MCD85 makes for a conversation piece no matter where it’s displayed. Featuring classy industrial aesthetics that echo those of the McIntosh C8 tube preamplifier and MCD85 SACD/CD player, the U.S.A.-built MCD85 touts die-cast aluminum name badging, a mirror-polished stainless-steel chassis, black glass front panel, direct LED back lighting, and rotary control knobs. Two coax, two optical, and one USB-B input abet one balanced and one unbalanced output. a three-year manufacturer warranty and the satisfaction of owning an American legend help round out a 7.75 x 12.15625 x 16.25-inch (HWD) audiophile marvel. 

Want to know more about MCD85 or talk about McIntosh  in general? Just call a Music Direct audio consultant at 312-433-0200. 


8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD Quad Balanced DAC
Plays commercial and burned CDs; DVD Data Discs
Fixed analog stereo outputs
USB Audio input supports up to DSD256
Coax and Optical digital inputs

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  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Fixed Output Level: 2.0Vrms Unbalanced; 4.0Vrms Balanced
  • Variable Output Level: N/A
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
  • Frequency Response: ±0.5dB from 20Hz-20kHz
  • Signal To Noise Ratio: Better than 100dB (A-weighted)
  • Dynamic Range: Better than 96dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.02% @ 1000Hz
  • Channel Separation: Better than 85dB (1,000Hz)
  • Headphone Output Impedance: N/A
  • Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type: 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD, Quad Balanced
  • Coaxial Sample Rate: 16, 24-bit/192kHz
  • Optical Sample Rate: 16, 24-bit/192kHz
  • USB Sample Rate: 16, 24-bit/192kHz; Native DSD and DoP DSD Up to DSD256, DXD384
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 0.5V p-p/75 ohms
  • Digital Optical Input: -15dbm to -21dbm
  • Digital Output Sample Rate: N/A
  • Digital Optical Output: N/A
  • Digital Coaxial Output: N/A
  • Digital Output Jitter: N/A
  • Digital XLR Output: N/A
  • Digital MCT Output: N/A
  • Balanced Fixed Output: 1
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
  • Balanced Variable Output: 0
  • Unbalanced Variable Output: 0
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 2
  • Digital MCT Input: 0
  • Digital Optical Input: 2
  • Digital USB Input: 1
  • Digital USB Input Type: Type B
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 0
  • Digital MCT Output: 0
  • Digital Optical Output: 0
  • Digital XLR Output: 0
  • Headphone Output: 0
  • Power Control Input: 1
  • Power Control Output: 1
  • Rear Panel Data Input: 1
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: 1
  • RS232 Control Input: 0
  • Disc Formats: SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R; popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) 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
  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 12-5/32" (30.9cm) x 7-3/4" (19.7cm) x 16-1/4" (41.3cm)
  • Unit Weight: 20.5 lbs (9.3 kg)
  • Shipping Weight: 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg)

”User User Manual (PDF, 5.0 MB)