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Published on June 4th, 2018 | by The GC Team


McIntosh announces high-end music streamer and CD/SACD player

Home entertainment and audio manufacturer McIntosh Laboratories has announced two new flagship source components: the MCD600 SACD/CD Player (pictured) and the MS500 Music Streamer.

Both units have an SRP of £7,995, and both are available for shipping in the UK in June/July. McIntosh is distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics. mcintosh@jordanacoustics.co.uk

The MCD600 SACD/CD Player is built around a newly designed digital circuit which encompasses a new premium-quality 8-channel, 32-bit upsampling PCM/DSD digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). 

Incoming audio signals (PCM) benefit from upsampling to 32-bit/384kHz resolution for improved sound quality and the MCD600’s Quad Balanced mode configuration dedicates four DAC channels to each channel (left and right). 

In addition to disc playback, the MCD600 can also play music from flash drives from a conveniently located front panel USB input. Numerous file formats are supported including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA. User-generated CD and DVD Data Discs are also supported. 

The MCD600 includes both fixed and variable balanced and unbalanced outputs; the variable outputs combined with its volume control allow the MCD600 to be connected directly to a power amplifier without needing a preamplifier. 

The MS500 Music Streamer is Linux-based and combines both internet-based music streaming services, including Tidal and Spotify®, and locally stored digital music, including lossless files with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, into one device.

 Local music and the operating system are stored on a durable 500GB solid-state drive (SSD) with no moving parts, and a new fan-less processor plus improved ventilation eliminates the need for cooling fans. 

The MS500 currently has built-in interfaces for leading music streaming services including Spotify®; TIDAL; Deezer; Murfie; Pandora®; Rhapsody®; SiriusXM® and TuneIn. Internet radio stations can also be added as presets. 

Three USB inputs allow external storage drives to be connected. Any of the USB ports can also be used to connect an external component with a built-in DAC; utilising this external DAC, one additional independent audio zone can be created.

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