Has anyone heard the McIntosh MCD201 cd player yet?
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I picked up a MCD201 on Saturday. It sounds great. The other players I considered were the MCD205 and the Cary Audio CD303. The MCD205 wasn't close to either player. The Cary and the MCD201 were very close. I like the MCD201 better and it will play SACDs but it was splitting hairs. When I got it home I played Sara K Hobo on it and the same DVD Audio on my Pioneer Elite 47Ai. The MCD201 sounded better with a red book CD than the Pioneer with DVD Audio. I played some SACDs and the sound was amazing. I had a CAL Audio Aria Mark III from 1990. This sounds better than that. It was $3300. They wouldn't discount it but did comp me 2 meter balanced cables. This CD player is worth a listen. It is my understanding they are hard to find. It took mine 3 weeks to come in and McIntosh delivered it earlier than they had originally said.
I have not tried that yet. I hope to try in the next week or so. I will not be able to run it in that mode because I have it as part of my home theater system. I have a B&K Ref 50 that I connect to my McIntosh C2200. The C2200 goes into passthru mode when I am using the theater. The C2200 is connected to a MC402 amp. I am using Martin Logan Assent i speakers. I will post the result when I try it. I did read on another site someone liked the MCD201 straight to the amp better than going through the C2200.
I just bought McIntosh MCD201 player and am selling it 3 weeks later. My one year old Arcam cd192 had transport problems then ate a CD. In frustration I thought I was upgrading to a better player and bought the Mac. Although the build is obviously much sturdier than the Arcam, the sound is not close to it. By contrast to the Arcam, I feel like I am listening through speakers. With the Arcam and a good cd it sounded almost live. The highs on the Mac sound like tin, the bass has much less definition.
I tried upgrading the cable to a Silver Streak Kimber. It helped, but the basic difference between the two players remained. Although I loved the Arcam's sound, this weekend I plan to audition a Moon player.