McIntosh has launched the McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player, a new compact-chassis device for CD and SACD collections, plus USB connectivity.

Designed to complement the recently launched MC830 Solid State Amplifier and C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, the new open-chassis McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player has been hand-built in the USA.

McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player

The new McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player

McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player

In addition to CD/SACD playback, the McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player benefits from a USB input which supports high-resolution audio (up to DSD256 and DXD 384 kHz). The device’s internal DAC enables playback from smart devices, computers and USB-equipped devices. A further two coaxial and two optical (192kHz-capable) digital inputs are also included.

McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player

The McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player rear panel


The MCD85 SACD/CD Player’s internal digital-to-analogue converter (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.


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 die-cast tray which features a new, custom front bevelled 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 MCD85 SACD/CD Player

McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player has a die-cast CD tray

Balanced And Unbalanced Outputs

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.

McIntosh Styling

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.

McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player front view

Pricing And Availability

Orders for the £4,995/$4,500 USD MCD85 can now be placed. Shipping is expected in March 2021 (UK) and Feb (United States and Canada). Distributed in the UK by Fine Sounds UK.

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