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McIntosh has unveiled the MCD12000 SACD/CD Player and DAC. The $12,000 transport (available this month) promises reference level performance from both the DAC and optical disc playback. Music played through the digital inputs or from compact discs is processed by pro grade ESS SABRE PRO 32-bit/8-channel DACs, designed for the finest audiophile performance.

The MCD12000 offers both balanced and unbalanced fixed analog outputs in both solid-state and vacuum tube configurations (12AT7 and 12AX7A tubes are assigned to left and right channels). McIntosh says the multiple output options offer flexibility based on music selection, configuration of a home system, and personal sound preferences. Separate digital and analog power supplies keep power and audio signals free from cross contamination, while a specially constructed R-Core power transformer minimizes noise radiation.

Seven digital inputs populate the rear panel, including two coax and two optical (all at 24-bit/192kHz), one USB (Type B, 32-bit/384kHz) for computer-based audio, AES/EBU and MCT. According to the Binghamton-based manufacturer, the disc transport has a precision die-cast aluminum tray providing smooth and quiet disc handling, while a digital servo enables fast and accurate operation.

Classic McIntosh styling includes stainless steel plus hairline brushed black titanium housings. There are also the well-known illuminated logo, controls, moving meters, and custom machine-brushed aluminum handles, as found on other McIntosh product lines. The topside includes a glass panel listing performance specs and a block diagram of the audio signal path. A pair of 60dB output meters show the signal level that’s being delivered from the analog outputs of each channel. While volume is controlled by a preamplifier or integrated amplifier, the meters respond to music being played and move accordingly. For more information, visit McIntosh.

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Martin Dew