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McIntosh® 2 Channel CD Player
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McIntosh® 2 Channel CD Player

Model #: MCD85
At a Glance
Immerse yourself in your music with the MCD85 SACD/CD Player. The MCD85 with its open chassis design is not only a serious piece of music hardware, but it shows that you are serious about your love of music. With the great success of our similarly styled MC275 and MC1502.
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Get to know this product.

  • 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD Quad Balanced DAC
  • Plays commercial and burned CDs; DVD Data Discs
  • Fixed analog stereo outputs
  • USB Audio input supports up to DSD256
  • Coax and Optical digital inputs

The MCD85 can play store bought SACDs and CDs as well as music from homemade CD or DVD Data Discs. Numerous file formats can be played from these discs including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV, and WMA. The USB Audio input supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz, and can be used to stream digital music from a computer or other digital storage device. There's also two coax and two optical digital inputs that support PCM signals up to 192kHz.

Conversion of the digital data stored on the discs or in the digital music stream into an analog signal for playback is performed by a quad balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). Four DAC channels are dedicated to the left audio channel, and four to the right audio channel to ensure truly exceptional stereo sound reproduction.

Both balanced and unbalanced fixed analog stereo outputs are available to connect the MCD85 to your preamplifier, integrated amplifier, and other home audio system components. Thanks to its narrower width and balanced outputs, it can be placed close to your listening position for ease of loading discs, with long balanced cables connecting it to your audio system without fear of signal loss.

The MCD85 employs 2x read speed, meaning all discs placed in its sturdy die-cast tray are read at higher speeds, allowing their data to be stored in a buffer memory for better error correction and tracking. The tray features a new, custom front beveled nose to match the angle of the chassis and provides smooth and quiet disc handling. Disc reading is performed in the high-quality disc mechanism by a twin laser optical pickup that uses a single objective lens with two laser units, with each employing different wavelengths that are optimized for SACD and CD playback. Power Control and data ports allow for seamless integration with other McIntosh home audio system components.

A die-cast aluminum name badge is affixed to each side of the chassis. The front, top and rear of the chassis is polished to a mirror finish – just like on the aforementioned MC275, MC1502, MA252, MA352, MC830 and C8 – making the MCD85 a welcome and matching addition to any system using those models. But the MCD85 is not limited to systems using just those models as it has all the necessary connections and McIntosh design traits to fit into any McIntosh home audio system. The MCD85 features a black glass front panel with direct LED backlighting for improved appearance, silver trim, an illuminated logo, and rotary control knobs.


Audio Specifications

Number of Channels2
Output Impedance100 ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
Dynamic RangeBetter than 96dB
Headphone Output ImpedanceN/A
Fixed Output Level2.0Vrms Unbalanced; 4.0Vrms Balanced
Frequency Response±0.5dB from 20Hz-20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion0.02% @ 1000Hz
Variable Output LevelN/A
Signal To Noise RatioBetter than 100dB (A-weighted)
Channel SeparationBetter than 85dB (1,000Hz)

Digital Audio Specifications

Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD, Quad Balanced
USB Sample Rate16, 24-bit/192kHz Native DSD and DoP DSD Up to DSD256, DXD384
Digital Output Sample RateN/A
Digital Output JitterN/A
Coaxial Sample Rate16, 24-bit/192kHz
Digital Coaxial Input0.5V p-p/75 ohms
Digital Optical OutputN/A
Digital XLR OutputN/A
Optical Sample Rate16, 24-bit/192kHz
Digital Optical Input-15dbm to -21dbm
Digital Coaxial Output N/AN/A
Digital MCT (DIN) OutputN/A


Balanced Fixed Output1
Unbalanced Variable Output0
Digital USB Input1
Digital Optical Output0
Digital Optical Output0
Unbalanced Fixed Output1
Digital Coaxial Input2
Digital USB Input TypeType B
Digital XLR Output0
Balanced Variable Output0
Digital Optical Input2
Digital Coaxial Output0
Digital MCT (DIN) Output0


Rear Panel IR Sensor Input1
Power Control Output1
Rear Panel Data Input1
Power Control Input1

General Specifications

Disc FormatsSACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R; popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA
Laser Beam Wavelength650nm (SACD) 790nm (CD)
Disc Capacity1
Laser TypeTwin Beam
Standby Power Requirement<0.5 watt

Misc. Specs

Product Weight (lbs.)20.5
Width (in.)12.16
Depth (in.)16.25
Height (in.)7.75
Disc Capacity1
Weight Kilogram12.5
Manufacturer Warranty3 Year Limited Warranty
Width (cm)30.9
Height (cm)19.7
Depth (cm)41.3
Product Weight (kg)9.3
WarningProposition 65 Warning for California Residents