McIntosh Laboratory has announced two new digital source components: the MCD600 CD/SACD player and the MS500 music streamer.
At the heart of the MCD600 is a newly designed digital circuit employing a premium eight-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC is used in quad balanced mode, with four DAC channels allocated to each of the left and right audio channels. All PCM signals are upsampled up to 32 bits/384kHz.
Besides commercial SACDs and CDs, the MCD600 can also play music from user-generated CD or DVD data discs, as well as flash drives connected to the front-panel USB port. Supported file formats on user media include AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA.
The MCD600 includes both fixed and variable balanced and unbalanced outputs. Combined with the player's volume control, the variable outputs allow the MCD600 to be connected directly to a power amplifier. Coax and optical digital inputs and outputs are also included, as is the McIntosh High Drive headphone amplifier.
The MCD600 features classic McIntosh styling, with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo, knobs and aluminum end caps. The front panel features new direct LED backlighting, while the top has a new screen printed glass panel listing performance specs and a block diagram.
Featuring a black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminum end caps, the MS500 streamer too is unmistakably McIntosh. It can play locally stored music from the built-in 500GB solid-state drive (SSD), and from drives attached to its three USB ports, with resolution to 24 bits/192kHz. In addition, the S500 has built-in interfaces for streaming services such as Deezer, Murfie, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Slacker, Spotify, TIDAL and TuneIn.
The MS500 can be operated via the included remote control, a Web browser or with free apps for iOS and Android devices. The also unit is compatible with many popular home automation systems.
The MCD600 and MS500 will be available later in May for US$7,000 and US$6,000 respectively.