McIntosh has just launched the MCD12000, a new range-topping SACD/CD player that doubles as the company's "reference-level" DAC.
The beefy spinner, which is based on two 32-bit/8-channel DACs (one for each channel), promises to eliminate jitter and reproduce a wide dynamic range. It's also Roon Tested, so it'll slot into any Roon system (but may not support the highest 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 of which support 192kHz, plus a 384kHz-supporting USB with DSD 512 and DXD 384 kHz playback.
Prefer your hi-fi with a side of tradition? The MCD12000 features both solid-state and valve outputs, naturally. The hybrid output option aims to use the amplifiers, plus the 12AT7 and 12AX7A valves assigned to the left and right audio channels, to produce a sweeter sound.
As we've come to expect from McIntosh, the exterior is a mix of stainless steel and brushed black titanium, complete with 60dB output meters, rotary control knobs and the famous illuminated logo. The disc transport – a die-cast aluminium tray powered by a digital servo – promises "smooth and quiet disc handling".
Ready for the price? Sitting down? The MCD12000 SACD/CD player can be ordered through your nearest authorised McIntosh dealer for £13,995 / $12,000 / AU$22,995. Shipping is expected to begin this month in the US and Canada, followed by the rest of the world shortly thereafter.
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