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 for superb audio quality.
The MCD600 accepts optical, coaxial, and USB inputs so your other devices can take advantage of its considerable processing power. The analog outputs can be used in either fixed, variable balanced, or unbalanced mode of operation for greater flexibility (I’ll be comparing both in my music system).
A newly-designed transport with a twin-laser optical pickup reads data from discs at twice the normal speed and assures optimal reading of all common formats including SACD, CD, CD-R/RW, and DVD-R. It can covert DSD directly to analog and will read both stereo and multi-channel SACDs, though it will output all music into stereo only.
The McIntosh MCD600 has the same McIntosh classic design of polished chrome, glass, and solid construction you would expect from this company; and the top of the player has a glass panel with the schematics silk screened onto it. Classy!
Look for my upcoming review in the next several weeks as I explore and re-discover my extensive SACD/CD collection yet again and compare the MCD 600 to my current music system.