This is not just the next product of McIntosh. Oh no! We can truly imagine why the brand is exited with this MCD12000. Is it bird? Is it a plane? Is it a super bird? None of the above. It’s the brand’s new reference level said/cd-player and ditto DAC.
We start with the classic McIntosh styling, boasting stainless steel with hairline brushed black titanium that matches the company’s C12000. When we look at the front, the unit features the famous and timeless black glass panel, illuminated logo, controls, moving meters and the custom machine-brushed aluminium handles. On top of the device there’s another glass panel which lists the performance specs and a block diagram of the audio signal path. A pair of 60dB output meters show the signal level that’s being delivered from the analog outputs of each channel.
You’ll find both balanced and unbalanced fixed analog outputs in both solid-state and vacuum tube configurations. This way you get premium flexibility based on music selection, the configuration of your home audio system and personal sound preferences. The MCD12000 features two ESS SABRE PRO ES9038PRO 32-bit/8-channel DAC’s with one dedicated DAC per channel. Also from ESS is their patented Hyperstream II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator. A separate digital and analog power supply should keep power and audio signals free from cross contamination. The specially constructed R-Core power transformer minimises noise radiation. The suggested retail price will be $12.000.