I use an MCD500 in one of my systems and I chose it over the Mcintosh universal players because I felt it was overall a significantly more musical choice for 2-channel playback.
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I wasn't looking for ONLY CD Playback. I as asking if the CD playback from a MCD500 is equal to the MVP891/881. If MVP has good enough CD 2ch audio, then I was thinking of replacing my Adcom CD player and Pioneer DV-37 DVD player with one of the MVP players, since it supports all formats in one unit. But if the CD 2ch audio isn't as good on the MVP891/881, then I'd still have to look for a used MCD500.
Ooops - sorry. OK< I had a MVP-871 prior to my MCD500. I got the 871 for audio playback only. I had heard from previous users that is was a very good redbook player and the SACD was exceptional for a multi-format player. I ended up trading in towards a MCD500, and it is very close to the quality of the 500. I would assume the 881& 891 would be close also.
i, like you fauguy- am at a point that i want to upgrade my sources--i run all mcintosh amplification-mc501-mc402-mc252 and a mc7270 from a mcintosh mx135 preamp. however my sources are a denon 3910 dvd player and an ads cd1 cd player---i am asking the same exact question!!!!!!! 2 channel audio of the mvp891 vs. the mcd500--if the audio comes close- the economics of the mvp891 is crystal clear.the reason i am coping you on this is i have seen and heard the mvp 881 and it has been my experience that the load time of the 881 is very sluggish--i myself almost went into an 881 until i seriously scrutinized the 881 at the mac dealer i frequent. its load time alone made me hold off-i understand the load time for the 891 is much better along with better specs.