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McIntosh MCD550 2-Channel SACD / CD Player

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Rediscover your valuable CD collection with the MCD550 SACD/CD Player from McIntosh. This high performance SACD/CD player has everything you need for hours of listening enjoyment.

MCD550 utilizes an 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz PCM/DSD digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with wide dynamic range and extremely low distortion. The 8-channel DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode, which utilizes 4 DAC channels per audio channel, allowing music at all levels to be reproduced with extreme precision and elegance. It can decode PCM signals from CDs and the digital inputs, and DSD signals from SACDs.

Both fixed and variable balanced and unbalanced outputs are present, offering you extreme flexibility in connecting MCD550 to your system. The variable outputs allow for direct connection to an amplifier without requiring a separate preamp. Also available are three digital inputs: a coax, an optical, and a USB input that allows for direct streaming of computer stored music at up to 24-bits and 192kHz. Coax and optical outputs are available if you want to send the audio signal to a preamp or home theater processor.

McIntosh's new High Drive headphone amplifier features increased gain and output power, and is optimized for virtually all headphone types for the ultimate personal listening experience. MCD550 reads your discs at a higher speed and stores the data in a buffer memory for better error correction and tracking, thus increasing overall audio performance. On the back are gold plated connectors that help maintain a clean audio signal and also resist corrosion. The classic McIntosh black glass faceplate is wrapped in a beautiful stainless steel chassis.​​​


  • 2-channel SACD/CD player
  • 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz quad balanced PCM/DSD DAC (decodes PCM signals from CDs and digital inputs; DSD signals from SACDs)
  • USB audio digital input accepts data rates up to 24-Bit/192kHz
  • Both stereo balanced and unbalanced fixed and variable analog outputs
  • 2x read speed for better reading of damaged CDs and CD-R/RWs
  • Built-In headphone amplifier
  • Handcrafted at McIntosh's Binghamton, New York factory


  • Number Of Channels: 2
  • Fixed Output Level
    • Unbalanced: 2 Vrms 
    • Balanced: 4 Vrms 
  • Variable Output Level
    • Unbalanced: 0 - 8 Vrms 
    • Balanced: 0 - 16 Vrms 
  • Output Impedance: 600 ohms unbalanced and balanced
    Frequency Response: 4 Hz to 40 kHz, +0.5, -2 dB (SACD)
    4 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB (CD)
  • Signal To Noise Ratio: Better than 110 dB (A-weighted)
  • Dynamic Range: Better than 100 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.002% @ 1000 Hz (SACD)
    0.002% @ 1000 Hz (CD)
  • Channel Separation: better than 98 dB (1,000 Hz)
  • Headphone Output Impedance: 47 ohms
  • Digital-To-Analog Converter (DAC) Type: 8-channel, 32-bit / 192 kHz PCM / DSD, quad balanced
  • Coaxial Sample Rate: 16, 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • Optical Sample Rate: 16, 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • USB Sample Rate: 16, 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 0.5 V p-p / 75 ohms
  • Digital Optical Input: -15 dbm to -21 dbm
  • Digital Output Sample Rate: up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • Digital USB Input Type: USB type B connector
  • Digital Optical Output: -15 dbm to -21 dbm
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 0.5 V p-p/75 ohms
  • Balanced Fixed Output: 1
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output: 1
  • Balanced Variable Output: 1
  • Unbalanced Variable Output: 1
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Input: 1
  • Digital USB Input: 1
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 1
  • Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Headphone Output: 1/4" high drive
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: 1
  • Rear Panel Data Input: 1
  • Power Control Input: 1
  • Power Control Output: 1
  • Disk Formats: CD, SACD, MP3 and WMA
  • Disk Capacity: 1
  • Laser Type: twin beam
  • Laser Beam Wavelength: 650 nm (SACD)
    790 nm (CD)
  • Laser Power: CLASS IIa/CLASS I
  • Standby Power Requirement: <0.5 watt
  • Dimensions: 17-1/2"w x 6"h x 19"d
  • NOTE: When the disc tray is opened, the panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 6-3/4"
  • Weight: 28 lbs


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