MCD550 CD Players

​Rediscover your valuable CD collection with the MCD550. This high performance SACD/CD player has everything you need for hours of listening enjoyment. 

The MCD550 utilizes an 8 channel, 32 bit, 192kHz PCM/DSD digital to analog converter (DAC) with wide dynamic range and extremely low distortion. The 8 channel DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode, which utilizes 4 DAC channels per audio channel, allowing music at all levels to be reproduced with extreme precision and elegance. It can decode PCM signals from CDs and the digital inputs, and DSD signals from SACDs.

"The subtlety with which it paints a musical picture is possibly it’s greatest strength, the sense of quality is palpable. There are no nasties, musical instruments sound more like musical instruments... everything is just more realistic, snare drums crack, rim shots thwack, bass notes are deep and textured while remaining tuneful. For all it’s subtlety it doesn’t lack in dynamics either, those rim shots really do thwack with more realism." - HiFi Wigwam

Both fixed and variable balanced and unbalanced outputs are present, offering you extreme flexibility in connecting the MCD550 to your system. The variable outputs allow for direct connection to an amplifier without requiring a separate preamplifier. Also available are three digital inputs: a coaxial, an optical and a USB input that allows for direct streaming of computer stored music at up to 24 bits and 192kHz. Coaxial and optical outputs are available if you want to send the audio signal to a preamplifier or home theater processor.

Our new High Drive headphone amplifier features increased gain and output power, and is optimized for virtually all headphone types for the ultimate personal listening experience. The MCD550 reads your discs at a higher speed and stores the data in a buffer memory for better error correction and tracking, thus increasing overall audio performance. On the back are gold plated connectors that help maintain a clean audio signal and also resist corrosion. The classic McIntosh black glass faceplate is wrapped in a beautiful stainless steel chassis.

Audio Specifications

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)

Signal To Noise Ratio

Better than 110dB (A-weighted)

Dynamic Range

Better than 100dB

Total Harmonic Distortion

0.002% @ 1000Hz (SACD)
0.002% @ 1000Hz (CD)

Channel Separation

Better than 98dB (1,000Hz)

Headphone Output Impedance

47 ohms

Digital Audio Specifications

Coaxial Sample Rate

16, 24-Bit/96kHz

Optical Sample Rate

16, 24-Bit/192kHz

XLR Sample Rate

N/A

BNC Sample Rate

N/A

USB Sample Rate

16, 24-Bit/192kHz

Digital Coaxial Input

0.5V p-p/75 ohms

Digital Optical Input

-15dbm to -21dbm

Digital XLR Input

N/A

Digital BNC Input

N/A

Digital USB Input

USB Type B Connector

Digital Output Sample Rate

Up to 24-Bit/192kHz

Digital Coaxial Output

0.5V p-p/75 ohms

Digital Optical Output

-15dbm to -21dbm

Digital XLR Output

N/A

Digital BNC Output

N/A

Connectivity

Fixed Outputs Unbalanced

1 Stereo

Fixed Outputs Balanced

1 Stereo

Variable Outputs Unbalanced

1 Stereo

Variable Outputs Balanced

1 Stereo

Digital Coaxial Input

1

Digital Optical Input

1

Digital XLR Input

0

Digital BNC Input

0

Digital USB Input

1

Digital Coaxial Output

1

Digital Optical Output

1

Digital XLR Output

0

Digital BNC Output

0

Digital DIN Output

0

Control

Rear Panel IR Sensor Input

Yes

Rear Panel Data Input

Yes

Power Control Input

Yes

Power Control Output

Yes

General Specifications

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

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 19" (48.3cm) Note: When the Disc Tray is opened, the panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 6-3/4 inches (17.2cm).

Weight

28 lbs (12.7 kg)

Shipping Weight

42.5 lbs (19.2 kg)

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