McIntosh MCD12000 digital audio processor launched

McIntosh MCD12000 digital audio processor launched Compatible with “Hi-Res” files recorded on CD-R and DVD-R discs.

McIntosh MCD12000 SACD/CD Player DAC

Defined by its creators as a reference digital audio processor with player SACD and built-in CDthe MCD12000 it is a new exhibition of McIntosh’s unique talent for fine-tuning products that fuse the most advanced technology with iconic elements of the legendary American firm. Thus, at the heart of MCD12000 we find two D/A conversion chips 8-channel with 32-bit technology SABER PRO ES9038PRO from ESS Technologyeach one of them equipped with the exclusive technologies HyperStream Y Time Domain Kitter Eliminator of the American firm to offer features capable of satisfying the most demanding applications of the moment in digital audio. But the key to the configuration used in the digital section of the MCD12000 is the operation of each of the aforementioned “chips” in the so-called eightfold monophonic mode balanced, which uses its eight outputs to generate the analog audio signal.

Secondly, separate power supplies for digital and analog subsystems prevent cross-contamination between power and audio signals, while a circular core transformer –R-Core- custom made minimizes stray magnetic scattering and thus background noise. The new McIntosh includes a total of seven digital inputs, namely two coaxial, two optical, and one USB for computer-based audio, one AES/EBU, and one MCT, the latter intended for use with any McIntosh SACD transport engine. As far as digital encoding As far as is concerned, the coaxial inputs support files up to 24-bit/192 kHz, while the USB supports PCM up to 32-bit/384 kHz, DSD up to DSD512, and DXD at 384 kHz. In the analog scopethe MCD12000 includes balanced and unbalanced outputs in both its “solid state” and valve operating modes, thus providing the user with a exceptional flexibility when adapting the final sound to your tastes and the particularities of your equipment.

All the analog outputs of the new McIntosh are driven by discrete amplifiers or for one mix of vacuum tubes and discrete amplifiers using a 12AT7 and a 12AX7A valve for each channel while the transistorized part materializes in a operational amplifier with balanced architecture. In regards to the Optical Discs, the MCD12000 can read not only SACD’s and CD’s but also AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA audio files recorded on Data CD’s or DVD’s. To do this, incorporate a Transport system with high precision aluminum tray and two laser heads which is managed by a state-of-the-art digital servo system – data discs are played at twice normal speed to minimize reading errors – to ensure extraordinarily stable reading. To finish, let us point out that the MCD12000 is approved Ron Tested and is completed with the unmistakable aesthetics and superb build quality that characterizes McIntosh’s achievements.

Technical characteristics of McIntosh MCD12000 

  • McIntosh MCD12000 Reference DAC with built-in CD/SACD player.
  • Compatible with “Hi-Res” files recorded on CD-R and DVD-R discs.
  • User selectable analog tube/transistor output section.
  • Executed with components of the highest quality.
  • Transport mechanics with high-precision die-cast aluminum tray.
  • Read data discs at twice the normal speed.
  • 8-channel D/A conversion “chips” (2) with 32-bit technology.
  • DAC section compatible with PCM up to 32 bits/384 kHz and DSD up to DSD512.
  • Support AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (DSD128), FLAC, MP3. WAV and WMA.
  • Fixed level balanced and unbalanced analog outputs.
  • Homologated Roon Tested.
  • Frequency response of 4-40,000 Hz, +0.5 dB, -2 dB (SACD).
  • Dynamic range greater than 100 dB.
  • Signal to noise ratio greater than 110 dB.
  • Dimensions: 444’5x194x483 mm (WxHxD).
  • Weight: 14.7 kg.