McIntosh MCD600 2-Channel SACD/CD Player


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Model: MCD600 UPC: 084254810745 Item: 171457

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  • Premium 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD quad balanced DAC
  • Plays CD/DVD data discs & USB flash drives
  • Fixed and variable analog stereo outputs

Enjoy hours of listening pleasure with the MCD600 SACD/CD Player. At the heart of the MCD600 is a newly designed digital circuit highlighted by a new premium 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode, with 4 DAC channels allocated to each of the left and right audio channels, resulting in truly exceptional sound reproduction. All PCM signals are up-sampled up to 32-bit/384kHz. 

Besides commercial SACDs and CDs, the MCD600 can also play music from user generated CD or DVD Data Discs as well as USB flash drives. Numerous file formats can be played from these discs and USB flash drives, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV, (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA. Flash drives can easily be connected via the convenient front panel USB input. 

The MCD600 includes both fixed and variable balanced and unbalanced outputs; the variable outputs combined with volume control allow the MCD600 to be connected directly to your amplifier without needing a preamplifier. Coax and optical digital outputs are included if you prefer to send the digital audio signal to an external processor for analog conversion. Also included is a coax and optical digital input for connecting other digital sources. And for those times when you’re looking for a personal listening experience, the High Drive headphone amplifier section features increased gain and output power and is optimized for virtually all headphone types. 

A twin laser optical pickup assures optimal reading of all common disc types, including SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R. A new disc transport with a precision die-cast aluminum tray provides smooth and quiet disc handling, while an advanced digital servo provides fast, quiet and accurate operation. The disc’s audio data is read at twice the normal rate insuring better disc tracking and error correction processing. Power Control and data ports allow for seamless Integration with other McIntosh system components. 

The MCD600 is wrapped in classic McIntosh styling with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo, knobs and aluminum end caps. The front panel features new direct LED backlighting for improved appearance. On the top is a screen printed glass panel listing performance specs and a block diagram.




  • Number of channels: 2
  • Output impedance: 600 ohms unbalanced and balanced
  • Dynamic range: Better than 100dB
  • Headphones output impedance: 47 ohms
  • Fixed output level
    • 2.0Vrms unbalanced
    • 4.0Vrms balanced
  • Frequency response
    • 4Hz to 40kHz, +0.5, -2dB (SACD)
    • 4Hz to 20kHz, ±0.5dB (CD)
    • 4Hz to 40kHz, +0.5, -2dB (Data)
  • Total harmonic distortion
    • 0/002% @ 1000Hz (SACD)
    • 0.002% @ 1000Hz (CD)
    • 0.002% @ 1000Hz (Data)
  • Variable output level
    • 0 - 8.0Vrms unbalanced
    • 0 - 16.0Vrms balanced
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: Better than 110dB (A-weighted)
  • Channel separation: Better than 98dB (1,000Hz)

Digital Audio

  • Digital-to-analog converter (DAC) type: Premium 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD, quad balanced
  • USB sample rate: 16, 24-bit/192kHz
  • Digital output sample rate: Up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Coaxial sample rate: 16, 24-bit/96kHz
  • Digital coaxial input: 0.5Vp-p/75 ohms
  • Digital optical output: -15dbm to -21dbm
  • Optical sample rate: 16, 24-bit/192kHz
  • Digital optical input: -15dbm to -21dbm
  • Digital coaxial output: 0.5Vp-p/75 ohms


  • Balanced fixed output: 1
  • Unbalanced variable output: 1
  • Digital USB input: 1 (front)
  • Digital optical output: 1
  • Headphone output: 1/4" high drive
  • Unbalanced fixed output: 1
  • Digital coaxial input: 1
  • Digital USB input type: Type A
  • Balanced variable output: 1
  • Digital optical input: 1
  • Digital coaxial output: 1


  • Rear panel IR sensor input: 1
  • Power control output: 1
  • Rear panel data input: 1
  • Power control input: 1


  • Disc formats: SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, Mp3, WAV, 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: <0.5W


  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 1/2" x 6" x 19"
  • Weight: 28 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • MCD600 2-Channel SACD/CD Player
  • Remote
  • Manual



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As always with McIntosh whats the bottom line of the MCD600 player?
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A shopper on Aug 21, 2018
  This MAC piece is available for in-store pick up in our Philadelphia area locations. Please call 215.368.8343 for details. Thanks so much.