Streamer, SACD deck join McIntosh line-up

McIntosh Labs has added two new playback components to its high-end audio product range: the new MS500 music streamer, and the MCD600 CD/SACD deck.

The M500 is meant to seamlessly integrate access to Internet-based streaming services and locally stored digital music. It includes a 500 GB SSD drive for local music storage and a fanless processor for quiet operation. The newcomer offers integrated support for Deezer, Murfie, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Slacker, Spotify, Tidal and TuneIn, while specific Internet stations can also be added as presets.

Storage can be extended by linking USB mass storage devices to any of the three USB inputs. Control of the Linux-based operating system is via a supplied remote control, a web browser or free apps for Apple iOS and Android devices.

Another newcomer from McIntosh is the MCD600 SACD/CD player. It employs an eight-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD D/A converter, operating in quad-balanced mode, to upsample all PCM digital signals to 384 kHz/32-bit.

Compatible media includes CDs and SACDs, as well as CD and DVD data discs, and data stored on USB flash drives. Format compatibility is extensive, and includes AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 192 kHz/24-bit) and WMA.

Both fixed and variable-level outputs (balanced and single-ended) are provided, allowing the MCD600 to be linked directly to a power amp. Also provided are coaxial and optical digital inputs and outputs, together with a dedicate headphone amp.

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