McIntosh MCD7007 CD Players

MCD7007

single box CD player with Philips TDA-1541 S1 Gold Crown DAC

User Reviews (7)

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Yoshi   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 21, 2011]

McIntosh MCD 7007.
I purchased this unit in Japan about 19 years ago. Recently, I sent the unit to McIntosh Lab in Binghamton NY for an overhaul. The people at the lab were extremely helpful and it came back in a perfect condition after fine tunings and whatever they did. I ‘ve listen to other players (Tudor, Accuphase and etc.) in the past, but nothing comes close to the MCD7007 in the sound reproduction. It sounds almost as smooth as listening a vinyl on my Thorens turn table with SME torn arm fitted with Ortfon USP Gold, sounds very smooth. You don't get tired of listening like some the high end systems like Mark Levinson, Krell and others. I am from Japan where many audio systems are manufactured by various manufactured using the latest technologies, but I must confess that nothing beats my McIntosh system. The company makes the world's best stereo systems without any doubts.

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5
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5
lpquick   AudioPhile [Oct 13, 2002]
Strength:

Sweet warm detailed midrange

Weakness:

None found at this time.

I recently purchased this unit used on ebay, mainly due to the good reviews I've read here. I was not disapointed. It is extremly detailed, never shrill or grainy, with a touch of warmth that add's to it's sweet sound. Outstanding bang for the buck. Higly recommended!

Similar Products Used: Nakamichi OMS 7II
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5
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5
Sean   Audiophile [Oct 29, 1999]
Strength:

Great Sound

Weakness:

none

I purchased this unit recently for cosmetics only, as I run my studio sound through McIntosh pre amps and amps, as they are the most pleasing to my ears (owned Levinson, Krell, Bryston, etc.).
The first thing I did was plug it through a 4 figure DAC which I use with my Sony Pro SMPTE sources. It, obviously, sounded no different than my other sources. As a test, I hooked up the 7007 direct (no DAC) and was amazed.
It sounded great, not unlike good analog pressings! I highly recommend listening to this unit.

Similar Products Used: McIntosh C39, McIntosh MC300, B&W 803 Matrix, Audioquest Interconnects,etc.
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5
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5
Pete   an Audiophile [Feb 26, 1999]

I've owned a Mac 7007 for approximately 8 years. At the time I purchased it, I had extensively auditioned a large number of CD players in its price category. The 7007 embarrassed them all! No other player I auditioned came closer to ameliorating the harshness and stridency that I had associated with CD's. This is a superb performer, built like a tank, and still sounds better than any later generation player I've heard. If you can find one, it's worth a listen.

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5
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Néstor   an Audiophile [Feb 18, 1999]

This unit was made between 1989 and 1994.It is based on the (still) renowned Philips TDA-1541 S1 DAC.
The MCD7007 uses the highest grade "Gold Crown" version.
A high quality die-cast Philips mechanism is also included.
Build quality as with all McIntosh products is exemplary.
Glass epoxy and copper plated circuit boards are used.
Mechanical construction is first rate with immunity to common bumps and knocks that disrupt playback on lesser machines.
This unit is built like a tank and quite possible will outlive many other digital components.

One neat little feature is a unique "damaged disc" error correction LED that shows defects or missing data on the disc. Needless to say, error correction and data interpolation are first rate.

However, what is really special about this player is the analog (not digital) volume controlled outputs which allows direct connection to a power amp. The output is a generous 2.5 volts so it should drive most power amps quite nicely. It works great with McIntosh power amps at 0.5 volts sensitivity settings.
The volume can be controlled by remote along with the player´s basic functions.
The variable outputs gives this player an edge over the most recent McIntosh CD players with fixed outputs.
With the MCD7007 you can kiss the preamp (and the noise and distortion added by it) goodbye!
You´ll be amazed at the improvement in sound quality without the preamp in the chain.

Now the sound quality. Well this is conventional multibit CD player performance at its pinnacle! The TDA-1541 DAC is one of the best of its kind and it shows in this player. The music is holographic, warm and involving. No harshness can be heard provided you use a top quality power amp and speakers. It gives you lots of detail without sounding etched or dry.

I give this unit my highest recommendation. It is becoming harder to find though.









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Andy   an Audio Enthusiast [Apr 12, 1999]

I purchased a model MCD7007 after reading the reviews posted here (especially the one from Nestor).I am not disappointed. The machine has made me want to listen to CDs for the first time. I still feel that some CDs, notably old analogue conversions to digital, were poorly done and sound like crap. But they sound less like crap with the McIntosh. The better CDs sound almost as good as my turntable (better in the aspect of no noise). This machine can actually provide a soundstage on recordings that have one, whereas my Denon DCD820 never could. The sound is smooth yet dynamic and there is three dimensionality and air. I can certainly recommend the MCD 7007. My Denon is for sale. I'll give you a good deal.

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5
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James   Casual Listener [Feb 19, 2000]
Strength:

build,sound,resale

Weakness:

resale

My review is somewhat biased as I have become a Mac enthusiast. That said, this is a well built, fine sounding component. Drop in some live music, and it will reproduce beautifully.
I switched to the 7007 from a Rotel 975. Having shopped around for several months, I have found the 7007 to have finer sound reproduction, superior cosmetics, and far more character than anything in it's range.
My strongest possible recommendation.

Similar Products Used: System: Mc MR-78,Mc MC-2105(slightly customized),Mc C-28, Mc MCD-7007, JBL HLS-610, B&W Matrix 803
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5
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5
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