McIntosh MCD7009 CD Players

4.8/5 (10 Reviews) MSRP : $2750.00


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Malefoda a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2016

Bottom Line:   
Overrated, it is "just" a TEAC VRDS 10 with redesigned front panel. Even the missing decoupling capacitors at some servo's ICs were not fitted. Not a single modification. BTW it sounds the same, great amount of details but over-smoothed by a dull sound card ( aka internal DAC ). Add a clock at Sony IC CXD2500 and it becomes more detailled with a fantastic 3D feeling yet keep being very analog and smooth sounding. LME49720 opamps at output buffer and you get a giant killer. Further mods will bring it on a dynamic and brutally honnest transport, hence loosing artificial sweet highs, then calling for a top external DAC to flavor the sound.
Remember that as most KSS151A Sony laser player it does require manual adjustments of the laser ( scope and signal generator required ), a skipping player may just be an out of adjustment player, not a dead one!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by braxus a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2011

Bottom Line:   
I had the chance to listen to the player today. Im like wow! This is definately a very "analog" sounding CD player as other suggest. It comes close to sounding like SACD discs. It has really good timing of notes, and voice presentation is excellent. The voices sound very natural like they are in the room. I can hear the decay of strings while guitars are playing. The high end is smooth smooth smooth. No edgy sound I typically hear with CD music. The high end may very slightly be rolled off giving a more natural sound and more presentation to the midrange where it counts. If I can hear all this on my lowly system, I wonder how the player would really perform on an optimum system. Dynamics aren't quite as punchy as I've noticed, but it could be the amp Im running and not the CD player. The natural-ness of the sound is what this player does well. I guess this is what makes a Mac a Mac. Since the technology in this player is from 1995, being 16 years ago, Im really interested in hearing what todays Macs can do with digital music. I may just have to save some pennies and get that 301 SACD player everyone raves about. I dont expect that time will be anytime soon or even next year. Im really wondering now how that D/A converter in that Rotel tuner will sound compared to this. Its new tech, but somehow I don't think it will quite compare.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by masterburmester a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This CD player is amazing. I've been a firm believer in turntables and only use CDs when I'm not in serious listening mood but ever since I've changed to the mcd7009 player, I've begun to listen to my CDs more!

This player has a vinyl like quality to the music it produces. Piano passages no longer sound bright but now it just sounds right in it's timbre character and tonal nature. Details from CDs are well retrieved and presented in a natural presentation with good tight bass and vocal warmth. Mcintosh produces fine equipment and this cd player is on par with their highly priced transport and DAC combo (the Mac1000 transport and DAC combo) or the Linn Sondek. Get this cd player if you can as it will be the last cd player you will ever need to enjoy/immerse yourself in emotional aspects of each musical presentation.

I've owned many hi-end cd players from Mark Levinson, Wadia, Meridian (506.24 and 588), Electrocompaniet, Krell but none can match the mcintosh in it's natural and emotional presentation of music. Build quality is first class. (hey its a Mc!)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Mac Dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ccwenk a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I went with the GIGO (garbage in->garbage out) method of purchasing equipment. I am starting from scratch, and am putting together a system that I want to sound great for both stereo and HT. After purchasing my other components, I was looking at several CD players in the $500-$800 range. One shop I went into had a 7009 on their used rack, and I had them set it up with equipment comparable to mine. I A-B'd it with each of the CD players mentioned below. The Mac blew some of them away, but was noticably more detailed and less harsh on the high end than all of them. Needless to say, I am now playing a Hi-Fi CD player through my decidedly mid-fi system and it sounds great. Of course, it sounded better through the all Mac system I listened to in the store after deciding to buy it. This will definitely not be my last Mac purchase.

My System:
JM Lab Chorus 725
Monster Z2 BiWire
Denon AVR3802
Audioquest Coral Interconnects
McIntosh MCD7009
Realistic LAB-2000

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerd Hillesheim a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The MCD7009 is the best CD-Player that i ever had.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $1800.00




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