McIntosh MVP851 Audio Upsampling CD Player w/24-Bit Burr Brown Audio DACs
Not only will it play CD's, but it will also upsample all of your CD's using McIntosh exclusive built-in "Digital Re-Master Processing".
Plus many high resolution audio recordings were only released on DVD-Audio which this unit will play. DVD-A / DVD-Audio was the competing format that lost to SACD in the disc-based Hi-Res Audio format wars.
Featuring balanced XLR analog outputs as well as optical and coaxial digital outputs in case you'd like to provide your own outboard DAC.
While the video section in this McIntosh is a bit outdated it's still an *excellent* McIntosh CD player.
Tested and working just like it should in our lab and listening area. Condition is super clean with only the slightest signs of use.
Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects
Kimber Kable - BALANCED XLR Connectors
Kimber Kable - Coaxial Digital Interconnect
Kimber Kable - Optical Digital Interconnect
Performance Features Include:
• Advanced Transport
The MVP851 has a new Disc Stabilizer with a honeycomb structure made from glass reinforced Polyphenylene Ether and helps the playback of warped discs. It utilizes a Transport with the advanced digital servo for faster, quieter and accurate operation.
• DVD-Audio Playback
The MVP851 also plays DVD-Audio Discs that have higher resolution sound quality, plus the capability of multichannel sound reproduction.
• 24 BIT Burr Brown Audio DAC
The MVP851 built-in Burr Brown Digital to Analog Converters are capable of sampling rates up to 192KHz with 24 Bits of resolution. There is one two channel 192kHz/24-bit DAC for the best sound quality in stereo reproduction from a DVD-Audio Disc and three two channel 96kHz/24-bit DACs for DVDs with six channel audio.
• Balanced Outputs
The MVP851 has Balanced Outputs for the Left and Right Channels when playing an Audio CD. When a Multichannel DVD disc is playing, the Balanced Left and Right Out- puts contains a mix down of the Multichannel Sound.
• Digital Re-Master Processing
The optional Digital Re-Mastering Enhancement Circuitry in the MVP851 can improve the sound quality from Audio CDs by extending the frequency response beyond 20kHz.
• Digital Audio Outputs
There are Coaxial and Optical Digital Outputs for external decoding of Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Signals, PCM or MP3 Signals from Audio CDs.
McIntosh MVP851 Audio/Video Upsampling CD Player - Owner's Manual
Number of Channels
2 and 5.1
2.0 Vrms Balanced (2 channel Output)
2.0 Vrms Unbalanced (2 channel Output and 5.1 Channels)
600 ohms Balanced (2 channel Output)
600 ohms Unbalanced (2 channel Output and 5.1 Channels)
Audio Frequency Response (DVD-Audio)
4Hz to 88,000Hz (192kHz Sampling)
CD Frequency Response
4Hz to 20,000Hz
CD Signal to Noise Ratio
Better than 110dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic Range (DVD)
Better than 100dB (Linear Audio)
Dynamic Range (CD)
Better than 98dB
Better than 110dB (1,000Hz)
Optical: -15dbm to -21dbm
Coaxial: 0.5V p-p/75 ohm
Digital Signal Format
50/60Hz at 30 watts 120 Volts
Front Panel: 17-1/2 inches (44.5cm) wide, 5-3/8 inches (13.7cm) high, depth behind front mounting panel is 15 inches (38.1cm) including clearance for connectors. Panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 3/4 inch (1.9cm).
Note: When the DVD/CD tray is opened, the panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 6-3/4 inches (17.2cm).
20 pounds (9.1Kg) net
34 pounds (15.4Kg) in shipping carton
The SkyFi Testing Process for CD Players:
We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect resistors and other passive components for signs of overheating. When the unit is first powered on we check the drawer mechanism function.
After the visual inspection we connect the CD Player’s RCA outputs to our Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates a real world input impedance and allows us to monitor the output on an oscilloscope. We start with a test CD with precision test signals to verify proper output on both channels. If the CD player has balanced outputs these are also tested at this time. If this check passes, we move onto evaluation with actual music CDs. We listen for clicks, skips, and drops during playback. At this time we also check the transport functions including skip, ff, rw, play, pause, repeat, and programming if applicable. If the unit has a remote control, all remote control functions are verified.
If the CD player is capable of SACD playback we test its ability to read SACD layers on multiple discs including standard and hybrid SACDs. At this time we also check the unit’s digital outputs where applicable. If SACD layers are being properly read we should see the digital outputs mute during playback. On redbook CD playback we verify that each digital output maintains proper lock on our bench DAC.
After bench testing is completed, CD players are set up for testing on our long term test rig. During extended testing we make sure that unit can play through several different discs from beginning to end with no skips or lock ups.
Not Included (Online)
Yes - Power Only
Physical Condition (Info Here)
7 / 10
10 / 10