McIntosh’s Future-Proofed MDA200 DAC Launched
Thanks to an upgradable DAC module, the MDA200 should remain timeless and decode your digital audio for many years to come.
McIntosh's MDA200 is the Binghamton brand's new upgradable DAC based on the company's established DA2 Digital Audio Module, which debuted in the C53 pre-amp and is featured in the Applause Award-winning flagship MA12000 Integrated Amplifier and C2700 pre-amplifier.
The MDA200 benefits from a next-generation, Quad Balanced, 8-channel, 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter, which, we're told, boasts enhanced dynamic range and improved total harmonic distortion.
You get 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. Additionally, there are balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs, plus Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs.
As you would expect, hi-res audio playback is supported with the USB input providing native DSD playback up to DSD512 and DXD to 384 kHz, while the coax and optical inputs support up to 24-bit/192 kHz.
Of course, McIntosh's unmistakable design elements are featured, including an illuminated logo, rotary control knobs, custom machined aluminium end-caps and a black-glass faceplate.
You can now order the MDA200 D/A Converter via McIntosh dealers for US$4,000. Shipping is expected to begin in November 2022 in the United States and Canada, with the rest of the world catching up soon after.
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