Michael Bishop· Registered
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I've had my McIntosh MA6900 integrated amp for a couple of years now - and I've got it connected to a pair of B&W 703s using the 4-ohm taps. My source is a Sony CDP-X77ES redbook player. I'm now looking to upgrade the source. I'd like to stick with McIntosh - and the one strikes me as the best value is the MVP861. This is a dvd player - but it also plays CD, SACD and DVD-Audio. And, importantly, it has the balanced XLR outputs that will go into the CD1 input on my MA6900. The MVP861 was recently replaced by the 871 model - which is priced well-beyond my budget. There is also the MCD201 and MCD301 models - but these will not play DVD-Audio (or DVDs). Also, I've read that the MCD201 suffers from mechanical noise associated with playback. I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion about any of these McIntosh models? SACD is a must. XLR outputs are a must. And DVD-Audio would be very nice to have too - but is not a must-have feature. I don't actually need DVD video playback - as this is strictly a 2-channel audio rig - but the MVP861 seems to be what best matches the features I want. Opinions?