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Old 09-09-2019, 01:04 PM
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Default mct450 or mcd1000

Assuming these two options for the same price, which is the better choice?
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:30 PM
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MCT 450. Plays SACD
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Default mct450 or mcd1000

If you want CD and SACD, get the MCT450, if you can take advantage of the MCT DIN connector, ie you have a modern McIntosh DAC. The MCD1000 is CD only. The MCT DIN output is the only way to get DSD out of the MCT to a DAC.

If you own C1000 preamp, MC501, MC402 etc with 3D glass, get the MCD1000 to match.

If your own a MDA1000, absolutely get the MCD1000.

I can’t imagine a significant performance difference, 1000 vs 450 with respect to CD. I own the MCT450. It performs great.
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Old 09-13-2019, 11:52 AM
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Default mcd1000

Ended up picking up the MCD1000 MDA1000 combination. I will look for an OPPO or similar to play SACD's.
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You're likely set for redbook!
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