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Just wondering if anyone has bought one of these players. Its a 2 channel only unit that plays CDs and SACDs. It lists for $3300. It claims to use 24 bit D/A for SACD instead of 1 bit. I got a reply from a Mac rep stating this type of conversion gives better quality then 1 bit and that 1 bit converters aren't used much anymore. I thought the whole idea of DSD was to keep it in 1 bit domain. Can anyone confirm this and how this unit sounds compared to true 1 bit players? Also can anyone comment on this player itself? I've read some issues with it in regards to tracking discs, but that may get ironned out in the future.
The new Teac SACD gear has pure DSD option differently than in the past production, why McIntosh, Wadia and others important brands sell SACD players converting DSD stream to PCM?
On the Esoteric X-01D2 they have modes to basically use a PCM DAC or a DSD DAC for either PCM sources or DSD sources. To my ears both CDs and SACDs sound best with their DSD DAC, YMMV.
I owned this unit and for the money it is ok, the transport is dirt cheap, I had a few issues with my and for the money I say it an ok buy.
My Marantz SA-7S1 eats it for supper, but then it cost me $3,000 grand more, but it was a $3,000 well spent. I check out the Marantz gearin the MCD 201 price range, much more bang for the big and the build quality is out of sight.
Maybe you have already seen this review.
I am wondering what sort of quality the volume control has if used direct to amps. My first encounter with this was with a Denon DCD 3000 cd player which sounded much better direct to the amp than thru the Adcom preamp I had at the time. I suspect it had a cheap volume control though because I found that using a creek passive was even better. Anyway if the MCD201 has a decent volume control it could be pretty good. I think I will have to go listen at a local dealer.
I have to admit being somewhat of a McIntosh guy, as I own several vintage Mac's.
I seriously considered the 201, and I arranged some time ago a one-to-one comparison with a dealer who is a good friend of mine. The reference was a Marantz SA15S, which is my current gear. Amps were Mac's and speakers B & W (various models) with sensible cabling plus Monster power conditioning. Being a SF addict, I must admit B & W are not my favourite speakers.
Anyway, my overall impression of the MCD 201 (on mixed programs both CD and SA-CD) was good to very good.
Yet I felt unable to barter my Marantz SA15S (purchased in June 2005 for 1,600 Euro and just slightly tweaked, i.e. TOAC feet, leadshot bags on top panel to quench vibrations plus opaque black paint on the otherwise slightly shiny lower surface of the top panel of the laser casing - a silly trick that greatly improves performance) against the 3,800 Euro MCD-201.
You can find lot of info in McIntosh forum on this specific player.
"Yes I tried there, but I was hoping for a less biased opinion."
My opinions would also be biased since I am a McIntosh guy, all my power electronics are vintage Mac and have been for more than 40 years.
That said I seriously considered the 201, but even on the biased Mac forum there were way too many complains about problems with this player and Mac Keeps offering more and more firwares to solve the problems.
I still do not have a SACD player but I believe that I am ready for a MC rather a stereo only player, probably experiment with OPPO 970 as they are so cheap and then move up to a more elaborate system.
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