McIntosh unveils flagship CD/DAC player with valve and discrete amplifiers


McIntosh has just launched the MCD12000, a new high-end SACD/CD player that doubles as the company’s “reference” DAC.

The beefy spinner, based on two 32-bit/8-channel DACs (one for each channel), promises to eliminate jitter and reproduce wide dynamic range. It’s also Roon Tested, so it will fit into any Roon system (but may not support the best audio quality).

Up to seven digital devices can be connected to the MCD12000 and benefit from its internal DAC. There are two coaxial and two optical digital inputs, both supporting 192kHz, plus a USB port supporting 384kHz with DSD 512 and DXD 384kHz playback.

Do you prefer your hi-fi with a traditional side? The MCD12000 naturally has solid state and valve outputs. The hybrid output option aims to use the amplifiers, along with the 12AT7 and 12AX7A valves assigned to the left and right audio channels, to produce a smoother sound.

As we’d expect from McIntosh, the exterior is a mix of stainless steel and brushed black titanium, with 60dB output meters, rotary control knobs and the famous illuminated logo. The disc transport – a die-cast aluminum platter powered by a digital servo – promises “smooth and quiet disc handling”.

Ready for the prize? Sit? The MCD12000 SACD/CD player can be ordered from your nearest authorized McIntosh retailer for £13,995 / $12,000 / AU$22,995. Shipping is expected to begin this month in the United States and Canada, followed by the rest of the world shortly thereafter.


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