What is stereo?

There are now two system of high fidelity, monophonic (monaural) and stereophonic. Monophonic is a system that starts from one microphone and is fed through a single high fidelity set. Stereophonic is a double system. Two separate microphones are placed at different sides of the orchestra and two different systems are used to keep the two signals or channels separated. Two separate speakers are used, placed on different sides of you room. Stereo is much like 3-D photography, two slightly different sound reach your ears giving you a new dimension in sound.

H.H. Scott '59

McIntosh MCD 1000

Touch the open/close button to send the machined aluminum disc tray gliding out to receive your CD. The MCD1000 takes it from there. Extraction of all of the data on the disc without errors is what this transport is about. The machined aluminum top and side panels, combined with fiber optically lit 3D glass front panel not only add lasting beauty, but also provide a massive enclosure for the disc drive transport. Combined with a new floating table for the optics, the MCD1000 laser pick-up is incredibly well isolated from the outside world. Vibration never reaches the optical system, reducing errors. Reduced errors results in full retrieval of every detail of your music.

The MCD1000 CD Transport and its matching MDA1000 D/A Converter represent the introduction of a new and elite product category from McIntosh. The philosophy behind this enhanced level of McIntosh products is nothing but the best…to deliver the absolute highest possible performance without design constraints. Available only through McIntosh Authorized Premier dealers, the MCD1000 and the MDA1000 are merely the beginning of this exclusive line.

Three Types of Digital Outputs:

Coaxial Output on RCA Jack

Optical Output Jack

Balanced Digital AES/EBU

110 ohm XLR Output

2-Way Repeat Function

16-Selection Random Programming

Data In/Out Jacks

3D Front Panel Design

Fiber Optic Lighting

Remote Control


Multiple layers of regulation provide clean power to all critical circuits. The R-Core power transformer has the lowest noise field of any available.


High power systems with high power woofer systems place greater demands on the CD transport. The MCD1000 is designed to work under these conditions without producing tracking error that must be corrected later down the data stream.


The top and sides of the MCD1000 are machined from thick aluminum panels with a smooth black anodized finish. In the recessed area of the top panel is a glass panel screened with a block diagram of the MCD1000’s circuitry.


3D front panel glass design is illuminated with long-life, cool-running fiber optics that make operation in low light easier. Silk screening on the inside of the glass front panel prevents wear of the nomenclature, ensuring lasting beauty and highest resale value

…a McIntosh hallmark




Optical: -15 ~ -20 dBm

Coaxial: 0.5V p-p at 75 Ω

XRL: 5V p-p at 110 Ω (AES/EBU)


Pickup: Optical 3-beam laser

Objective Lens Drive System: 2-dimensional parallel

Laser Type: GaAIAs Semiconductor

Laser Beam Wavelength: 780 nm


Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz

Quantization Bit: 16-bit linear/channel

Modulation Code: Eight to fourteen modulation

Error correction: Cross Interleave Reed Solomon

POWER REQUIREMENTS: 100 - 240 Volts, 50/60 Hz, 20W

DIMENSIONS (W x H x D): 445 x 152 x 41 mm(17½" x 6"x 16")(including knobs and feet)

WEIGHT: 12.5kg (27-1/2 lbs.) net

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