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McIntosh breathes new life into CD collections and adds USB connectivity for today’s digital devices

McIntosh breathes new life into CD collections and adds USB connectivity for today’s digital devices

February 18th, 2021, Binghamton, NY, USA: McIntosh has launched the MCD85 SACD/CD Player, a new compact-chassis device which brings the latest McIntosh digital technologies to lifetime-built CD and SACD collections, plus USB connectivity for McIntosh sound quality from everyday digital devices.

Designed to complement the recently launched MC830 Solid State Amplifier and C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, the new open-chassis MCD85 SACD/CD Player has been painstakingly hand-built for both CD/SACD and contemporary music-listening. 


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. 


McIntosh’s Power Control and Data Ports allow for seamless integration with other McIntosh components and for connection to other high-performance home audio equipment, the MCD85 SACD/CD Player features both balanced and unbalanced fixed analogue stereo outputs. 

A die-cast aluminium name badge is affixed to each side of the chassis. The front, top and rear of the chassis is polished to a mirror finish, similar to the aforementioned MC830 and C8. The MCD85 features a black glass front panel with direct LED backlighting for improved appearance, silver trim, an illuminated logo and rotary control knobs.


MCD85 notes for editors

·       Legendary McIntosh design, build and engineering for lifetime-built CD and SACD collections

·       Advanced DAC also enables playback from USB-equipped devices with McIntosh sound quality 

·       Open chassis design to complement recently launched McIntosh amplifiers

·       Advanced quad balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit/192 kHz DAC: four DAC pathways per channel

·       2x read speed with buffer memory for better error correction and tracking 

·       Additional optical and coaxial digital inputs (two of each) for other devices to connect

·       High-performance balanced connections ensure no signal loss when connecting to amplifiers 

·       Supports: AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA

·        USB input supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384 kHz high-resolution formats 

·       Hand made in the New York factory, £4,995

Pricing and availability

Orders for the £4,995 MCD85 can now be placed with authorised McIntosh dealers. Shipping is expected in March 2021 (UK) and Feb (United States and Canada).


UK distributor 

Fine Sounds UK +44(0)1592 744710

Press contact

Dan George Communications
+44(0)7899 808918

About McIntosh

Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discerning consumers around the world, with the iconic McIntosh Blue Watt Meters, globally recognised as a symbol of quality audio. 

Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech, to Woodstock, to the famous Grateful Dead ‘Wall of Sound’, McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has also shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music. Visit to learn more.

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