McIntosh Labs MCD550 SACD/CD Player (Black)

Model: MCD550 UPC: 120420151972 Item: 159611

It's time to break out your CDs for the full high-resolution experience they deserve, with McIntosh Lab's MCD550 CD Player. With 8 channels of 32-bit 192kHz digital-to-analog conversion, and three digital inputs for direct music streaming, the options for high-quality audio are plenty. Plus, it has their High Drive headphone amplifier for enhancing the private and personal musical experience.

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MCD550 SACD/CD Player (Black)
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Product Information

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

The 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 the MCD550 to your system. The variable outputs allow for direct connection to an amplifier without requiring a separate preamplifier. Also available are three digital inputs: a coaxial, an optical and a USB input that allows for direct streaming of computer stored music at up to 24 bits and 192kHz. Coaxial and optical outputs are available if you want to send the audio signal to a preamplifier or home theater processor.

Their 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. The 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.




McIntosh Labs MCD550 CD Player Specifications:


  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Analog Audio Outputs: Unbalanced and Balanced stereo, Fixed and Variable
  • Fixed Output Level:
    • 0Vrms Unbalanced
    • 0Vrms Balanced
  • Variable Output Level
    • 0 - 8.0Vrms Unbalanced
    • 0 - 16.0Vrms Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 600 ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
  • Frequency Response:
    • 4Hz to 40,000Hz, +0.5, -2dB (SACD)
    • 4Hz to 20,000Hz, +/ 0.5dB (CD)
  • Signal To Noise Ratio: Better than 110dB (A-weighted)
  • Dynamic Range: Better than 100dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion:
    • 002% @ 1000Hz (SACD)
    • 002% @ 1000Hz (CD)
  • Channel Separation: Better than 98dB (1,000Hz)
  • Headphone Output Impedance: 47 ohms

Digital Audio

  • Coaxial Sample Rate: 16, 24-Bit/96kHz
  • Optical Sample Rate: 16, 24-Bit/192kHz
  • USB Sample Rate: 16, 24-Bit/192kHz
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 0.5V p-p/75 ohms
  • Digital Optical Input: -15dbm to -21dbm
  • Digital USB Input: USB Type B Connector
  • Digital Output Sample Rate: Up to 24-Bit/192kHz
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 0.5V p-p/75 ohms
  • Digital Optical Output: -15dbm to -21dbm


  • Fixed Outputs Unbalanced: 1 Stereo
  • Fixed Outputs Balanced: 1 Stereo
  • Variable Outputs Unbalanced: 1 Stereo
  • Variable Outputs Balanced: 1 Stereo
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Input: 1
  • Digital XLR Input: 0
  • Digital BNC Input: 0
  • Digital USB Input: 1
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 1
  • Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Digital XLR Output: 0
  • Digital BNC Output: 0
  • Digital DIN Output: 0


  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: Yes
  • Rear Panel Data Input: Yes
  • Power Control Input: Yes
  • Power Control Output: Yes


  • Disc Formats: CD, SACD, MP3 and WMA
  • Disc Capacity: 1
  • Laser Type: Twin Beam
  • Laser Beam Wavelength:
    • 650nm (SACD)
    • 790nm (CD)
  • Laser Power: CLASS IIa/CLASS I
  • Standby Power Requirement: <0.5 watt

Weight & Dimensions

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 19" (48.3cm) Note: When the Disc Tray is opened, the panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 6-3/4 inches (17.2cm).
  • Weight: 28 lbs (12.7 kg)