In addition to CD/SACD playback, the MCD85 SACD/CD Player benefits from a USB input which supports high-resolution audio (up to DSD256 and DXD 384 kHz). The device’s advanced internal DAC enables playback from smart devices, computers and USB-equipped devices, all with the legendary McIntosh sound quality. A further two coaxial and two optical (192kHz-capable) digital inputs are also included.
The MCD85 SACD/CD Player’s internal digital-to-analogue convertor (DAC) is an advanced quad balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit/192 kHz device: four DAC pathways are dedicated to the left audio channel and four to the right, to ensure exceptional stereo reproduction.
For CD and SACD data, the MCD85 benefits from a 2x read speed and a buffer memory for better error correction and tracking. Discs are placed in a high-quality die-cast tray which features a new, custom front beveled nose to match the angle of the chassis, while providing smooth and quiet disc handling. Disc reading is performed by a high-quality disc mechanism using a twin-laser optical pickup (single objective lens, two laser units), each employing different wavelengths optimised for SACD and CD.