McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.

What are the specs for the McIntosh MCD 301?

Disc Format:
Digital Converter:
DSD1792, 24-bit, 192kHz
Frequency Response:
4Hz to 20kHz (CD), 4Hz to 40kHz (SACD)
Dynamic Range:
100dB (CD), 100dB (SACD)
Signal to Noise Ratio:
110dB (CD), 110dB (SACD)
Channel Separation:
98dB (CD), 98dB (SACD)
0.003% (CD), 0.002% (SACD)
Line Output:
2V (unbalanced), 4V (balanced)
coaxial, optical
445 x 152.4 x 419.1mm, Weight: 12.8kg
remote control

What else to know about the McIntosh MCD 301?

The MCD 301 features “true dual mode” multi-bit DSD and 24 bit PCM digital to analog converters (DACs) with wide dynamic range and low distortion, twin laser optical pickups for SACD and CD playback and 2X speed read on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The player also offers a host of output options including fixed balance and unbalanced audio outputs, variable balanced and unbalanced audio outputs, a headphone output, optical and coaxial digital outputs. The company also notes that the MCD 301 can be used in 3 modes: as a two channel SACD and CD player (with the fixed balanced or unbalanced outputs), in a “disc-only” configuration that directly drives a power amp (using the variable balanced and unbalanced outputs) or to drive your headphones directly in a standalone system (the front panel mute switch mutes the real panel outputs when the headphone only mode is selected.) \- Highfidelityreview

Brief History of McIntosh

Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.

Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy

Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.

StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?

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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.