McIntosh MVP851 Audio/Video Upsampling CD Player, 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While the video section in this McIntosh is a bit outdated it's still an *excellent* McIntosh CD player.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. 

One cosmetic note to mention, the included McIntosh remote has a damaged battery cover that is secured with tape.

Click below to add our recommended matching cables from Kimber Kable, all brand new as SkyFi is an official Kimber dealer.

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects

Kimber Kable - XLR Interconnects

Kimber Kable - Coaxial Digital Interconnect

Kimber Kable - Optical Digital Interconnect

Kimber Kable - Power Cords

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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

Output level
2.0 Vrms Balanced (2 channel Output)
2.0 Vrms Unbalanced (2 channel Output and 5.1 Channels)

Output Impedance
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

Harmonic Distortion
0.003% (1,000Hz)

Channel Separation
Better than 110dB (1,000Hz)

General Specifications
Digital Output
Optical: -15dbm to -21dbm
Coaxial: 0.5V p-p/75 ohm

Digital Signal Format
Sampling Frequencies:

Power Requirements
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



Original Box







Yes - Power

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