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McIntosh Debuts Upgradeable DAC

With an upgradeable DAC module, the MDA200 protects investments for years to come.

McIntosh has unveiled a new upgradeable DAC that protects owners against future changes in digital audio technology. The new MDA200 D/A converter is based around McIntosh’s established DA2 digital audio module featured in the award-winning flagship MA12000 integrated amplifier and C2700 and C53 preamplifiers.

McIntosh MDA200 D/A converter - Front

The DA2 digital audio module has been designed with the ability to be replaced by a newer digital audio module in the future, positioning the MDA200 D/A converter as a timeless investment keeping home audio systems current for years, if not decades, to come.

The MDA200 benefits from a next-generation, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit digital-to-analog converter. This audiophile-grade DAC features enhanced dynamic range and improved total harmonic distortion.

Support for high-resolution digital audio playback is offered, with the USB input providing native DSD playback up to DSD512 and DXD to 384 kHz; the coax and optical inputs support up to 24-bit/192 kHz.

McIntosh MDA200 D/A converter - Rear

The MDA200 benefits from seven digital audio inputs: two coaxial, two optical, one USB, one MCT (to pair with McIntosh’s MCT series of SACD/CD transports), plus an audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) to improve sound quality from TVs. Audiophile touches include balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, plus Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.

The DAC includes classic McIntosh’s design elements including an illuminated logo, rotary control knobs, custom machined aluminum end-caps, and a black-glass faceplate.

Orders for the MDA200 D/A converter can now be placed with authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in November 2022 (United States and Canada), and the rest of the world, shortly thereafter. Price is £4,995/$5,942 USD.

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