McIntosh’s new MCD85 CD/SACD player is engineered to look and work well with the MC830 monoblock system and C8 tube preamp. According to the manufacturer, the retro appearance with open elements shows that the owner of such a device takes music seriously and is ready not to hide his audio system, but, on the contrary, to make it the center of the composition in the room.
McIntosh logos adorn the sides of the player and the cabinet is polished to a mirror finish, just like the MC275, MC1502, MA252, MA352, MC830 and C8. Due to its small body width, the MCD85 can be positioned closer to the listening position for easier disc changes.
The player recognizes purchased CDs and SACDs, as well as self-written CDs and DVDs with files recorded on them. From them, it is ready to read AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA. An 8-channel 32-bit / 192 kHz DAC is responsible for converting the signal to the MCD85: four DAC channels are assigned to the right and left channels.
The player accepts signals up to DSD256 and DXD 384 kHz via USB. There are also two coaxial and optical inputs on board. Outputs are unregulated balanced and unbalanced. Proprietary connectors are provided for connection to other McIntosh devices.
The drive installed in the player reads discs at double speed, storing the data in a buffer for better error correction. The reading is carried out by a system with two lasers and one lens: each laser operates at its own frequency, suitable for either CD or SACD. The outer panel of the tray itself is beveled to match the appearance of the player itself.
The start of sales in the US is scheduled for February, the cost of MCD85 will be $4,500.