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 205?

Compact disc digital audio
Signal Readout:
Optical (semiconductor laser)
Error Correction:
D/A Converter:
24-bit dual converter
Sampling Frequency:
44.1 kHz
16-bit linear
Disc Rotation Velocity:
200 to 500rpm (constant linear velocity)
Wow and Flutter:
Below measurement limits
Frequency Response:
+0, -0.50dB from 5Hz to 20KHz
0.002% maximum
Signal to Noise Ratio:
108 dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic Range:
100 dB
Channel Separation:
105 dB
Output Source Impedance:
600 ohms balanced 600 ohms unbalanced.
Maximum Voltage Input:
2.0V RMS at balanced outputs. 2.0V RMS at unbalanced outputs
Power Requirements:
100,120 or 230 VAC, 50-60Hz 25Watts
Front panel: 17-1/2" (44.4 cm) wide by 5-3/8" (13.7 cm) high. Depth behind front panel: 15" (36.7cm) including 2" clearance for connectors.
21 lbs (9.5 Kg) net 35 lbs (15.9 Kg) shipping weight
Front panel of black glass, gold/teal illuminated nomenclature. Completely enclosed chassis.

What else to know about the McIntosh MCD 205?

Featured Technologies CD-ROM STYLE 5 DISC MUSICBANKTM CHANGER. A precision mechanism originally manufactured for use as a computer CD-ROM, the MCD205 changer features an internal stocker that holds up to five CDs. The direct loading design makes inserting and ejecting discs extremely easy. It does not require cumbersome magazines, nor does it have a disc tray. It’s as easy to operate as the player in your car, yet retains the ease and capacity of a changer. LOW DISTORTION 24 BIT D/A CONVERTER. The MCD205 utilizes 24-bit D/A converters to provide wide dynamic range as well as extremely low distortion. Music at all levels is reproduced with extreme precision and elegance, resulting in a sound that is truly exceptional. BALANCED AND UNBALANCED OUTPUTS. Select balanced outputs for long cable runs in a noisy environment with optimum noise rejection, or unbalanced outputs for short runs. IR REMOTE CONTROL. The MCD205 has the ability to be operated remotely from a hand held IR transmitter. DATA INPUT FOR CONTROL FROM A MCINTOSH PREAMP OR CONTROL CENTER. A 1/8" mini jack is provided for control data from the data output jack of a McIntosh preamp or control center. RS232 INTERFACE. An RS232 port is provided for control and communication interface with multi-room systems. OPTICAL AND COAXIAL DIGITAL OUTPUTS. Optical and coaxial digital outputs are provided for use with an external D/A converter. NON VOLATILE PROGRAM PLAY MEMORY. A playback program, once entered, will not be lost if the power should fail. BLUE VACUUM FLORESCENT DISPLAY. The MCD205’s blue alphanumeric vacuum florescent display presents disk, track, time and play mode information. The color coordinates perfectly with other McIntosh equipment. GOLD PLATED INPUT AND OUTPUT CONNECTORS. The MCD205 utilizes gold plating for superior corrosion resistance. POWER CONTROL IN & OUT. Two 1/8" mini jacks are used for remote power control. A 5V DC signal from the power out jack of another piece of McIntosh equipment turns on the changer. After a short delay, a 5V DC signal appears at the power out jack of the changer that can be used to turn on an additional piece of equipment. R-CORE POWER TRANSFORMER. The special construction of the R-Core power transformer minimizes hum radiation. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY POWER SWITCH. The MCD205 does not require a standby mode because the memories are permanent and require no power

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?

If you are interested in selling your used McIntosh equipment to us in the greater NYC area or Colorado, please click here to fill out a Free Quote Form and we will get back to you. If we agree on terms, we come to meet you where you want, and pay cash.

The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.