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Musical Fidelity M6CD

Single-disc CD player/DAC (Silver)

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Our take on the Musical Fidelity M6CD

by Dave Bar
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A top-notch CD player and DAC

Musical Fidelity designed the amazing M6CD compact disc player to deliver a solid one-two punch that music lovers will applaud. Along with serving up unparalleled musical detail and clarity with your treasured CD collection, this multi-talented player also doubles as a high-quality, stand-alone DAC for your other digital music sources. The M6CD's Toslink optical, coax digital, and USB inputs let you connect your computer, networked music player, or other digital sources, and enjoy your music through the same high-end DAC that makes your discs sound so good.

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Beautiful inside and out

The M6CD's handsome, minimalist-style chassis is solidly built and beautifully finished. Its thick, extruded aluminum faceplate, side panels, and heavy-gauge steel casework provide a strong frame to help eliminate vibrations that can adversely affect sound quality. And when you load a disc into the M6CD's disc tray, you'll appreciate the incredibly smooth and quiet operation. Inside, a unique high-tech digital stream noise filter prevents digital noise from robbing your music of its sparkle and presence.

Musical Fidelity also incorporated a filter-choke regulated power supply on the player's main power input. This filters out unwanted noise from the AC line and feeds the M6CD's other independent power supplies, allowing them to work properly regardless of voltage irregularities. Plus, this player's balanced XLR audio outputs provide a low-noise, pro-quality connection to the compatible high-end amplifier of your choice, such as Musical Fidelity's matching M6i. All of these careful steps add up to highly involving sound that reaches out to grab you from a dead-silent background.


Crystal-clear sound with all your digital music sources

A top-quality, oversampling 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter extracts the finest details contained on your CDs and music files. Oversampling also moves any digital artifacts to well outside the audio band, where the M6CD's carefully tuned analog filters can remove them without harm to delicate high frequencies. The M6CD can also play your home-burned CDs.

Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • 192kHz/24-bit Delta-Sigma dual differential 8X oversampling DAC
  • optical digital, coaxial digital, and USB (type B) inputs for a computer allow player to be used as a stand-alone digital-to-analog converter
  • choke-filtered power supplies reduce unwanted AC noise for a low noise floor
  • repeat and program play with direct access from the remote control
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • full-function remote
  • display dimmer
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • balanced stereo XLR outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio greater than 117dB (A-weighted)
  • channel separation: greater than 105dB (20-20,000Hz)
  • total harmonic distortion: less than 0.003% (10-20,000Hz)
  • frequency response: 10-20,000Hz (-0.2dB)
  • total correlated jitter: less than 135 picoseconds peak to peak
  • detachable AC power cord
  • 17-3/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 15-11/16"D
  • weight: 24.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year (2 years with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Disc Capacity 1
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming 30
Random Play Single Disc
Disc Naming No
Direct Track Access Remote
Direct Disc Access N/A
Remote Included
Display Color Blue/white
Multiple CD Player Control ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback No
SACD Playback No
Specifications
CD Frequency Response 10-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio 117 dB
SACD Frequency Response Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range ---
SACD THD ---
Outputs
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
Headphone None
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Single-disc CD player/DAC
  • 7' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 White cloth gloves
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Installation Guide
  • CD Player Setup Notice
  • "Thank You" letter

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Overview: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC is a very high-quality CD player and DAC. The M6 Series CD-DAC features a top-quality CD tray-load mechanism with a true up-sampling 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter. The M6 Series CD -DAC offers excellent musical, sonic, and technical performance. The CD-DAC provides a virtually ruler-flat frequency response (10-20,000Hz) with low distortion (0.003%), exceptional high signal-to-noise ratio (117dB 'A'-weighted), and extremely low jitter (<135 picoseconds). Its sound is smooth, dynamic, and inviting (without colorization). The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC includes both analog (RCA/XLR) and digital (optical/coaxial) outputs. In addition, the CD-DAC offers digital inputs (optical/coaxial/USB), so it can be used an external high-quality DAC for your other digital audio sources. An IR remote control is included for wireless operation.

Note: The M6 Series CD-DAC is designed to be partnered with the Musical Fidelity M6 Series integrated amplifier (778M6IB, sold separately). This combination yields high-fidelity, audiophile sound. It can also be used with any home receiver or integrated amplifier which features either an analog stereo (RCA) input or digital (optical/coaxial) input.

Features
Controls
Connections
Warranty Information

Features

Rigid Chassis: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC features an extruded metal front-panel, all metal chassis, and solid metal control buttons to resist vibration and improve overall sound quality.

Tray-Load CD Mechanism: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC features a tray-loading single CD mechanism which will accept 8 or 12cm discs.

Disc Compatibility: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC supports playback of CD-Audio, and finalized CD-R or CD-RW discs. Your home-recorded CD-R/RW discs should be recorded using the CD-DA standard.

Note: This player is not compatible with MP3, WMA, or AAC compressed audio files.

24-bit/192k Up-Sampling DAC: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC features a true up-sampling 24-bit/192kHz Delta-Sigma digital-to-analog converter in dual differential mode (with 8x over-sampling) for precise stereo imaging and low noise. The M6 Series CD-DAC provides a ruler-flat frequency response (10Hz-20kHz) with low noise, exceptional linearity (<0.1dB down to -96dB), excellent stereo separation, ultra-low distortion (0.003%), and incredibly low jitter (<135 picoseconds). The player's digital inputs allow you to use the M6 Series CD-DAC as an external DAC for your other digital audio components in your system.

High-Tech Digital Stream Noise Filter: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC employs a unique high-tech, digital-stream noise filter which contributes to its precise technical performance and musicality. This proprietary filtering circuit gives immeasurably low jitter, noise, and distortion artifacts - allowing astounding imaging, detail, and transparency. As a result the M6 Series CD-DAC delivers all music types exactly as the artist originally intended.

Low Jitter (< 135 picoseconds): Jitter blurs the timing information of reproduced audio signals between your digital audio source and your amplifier resulting in degraded audio quality. The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC virtually eliminates jitter by re-clocking the audio data from the compact disc player and your connected digital audio sources to your home receiver or amplifier. As a result, your music sounds warmer, precise, and more realistic - without the harshness and distortion caused from jitter.

5 Independent Power Supplies: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC uses 5 independent power supplies for reliable and consistent audio performance.

Choke Filtration: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC utilizes choke filtration on its AC input to reduce unwanted AC noise for more consistent performance and outstanding reliability.  

Controls

LCD: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC features an front-panel LCD which can display total number tracks, total disc time, track number, and/or elapsed playing time. The unit's LCD has 3 brightness settings.

Remote Control: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the player.

Playback Modes: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC offers Intro, Repeat, Random, and Program playback functions.

  • Intro: This feature plays the first 10 second of each track on a disc.
  • Repeat: You can repeat an entire disc or a selected track.
  • A/B: This function allows you to repeat a specific section of track.
  • Random: You can play back tracks in random order.
  • Program: Your can program the order of selected tracks (up to 30) on a disc.

Search Functions: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC offers Skip, Search, and Direct playback functions.

  • Direct: Using the remote's numeric keypad (0-9) you can select a specific track for playback.
  • Skip: You can skip to the next or previous track on a disc.
  • Search: You can fast-forward or rewind through a selected track.

Connections

Balanced and Unbalanced Analog Outputs: The Music Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC is equipped with both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) audio outputs to connect your home receiver or amplifier. These audio outputs are located on the rear-panel.

  • Balanced XLR Outputs: The Music Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC features true balanced XLR analog audio outputs to connect high-end home receivers and amplifiers. XLR is a higher-quality output that can reject noise and interference with equipment with balanced inputs.
  • Unbalanced RCA Outputs: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC is equipped with a gold-plated, unbalanced stereo RCA output for connecting the player to your home receiver or integrated amplifier.

Digital Outputs: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC is equipped with an optical and coaxial digital input for connecting your home receiver or integrated amplifier.

USB Port: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC features a rear-panel USB (type-B) port for the connection of your Windows PC or Mac computer, so you can listen to your stored compressed music files (CD, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC) with high-quality sound. The M6 Series CD-DAC bypasses the DAC in your computer and uses the 24-bit/19kHz internal digital-to-analog converter found in the CD-DAC. The M6 Series CD-DAC lets your compressed music files sound like your high-quality CD discs.

Note: The CD-DAC's USB (type-B) port supports Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7; as well as MAC OS X.

Digital Inputs: The Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC is equipped with a pair of  digital inputs so you can use the unit as an external DAC for your other digital audio sources. The CD-DAC's optical and coaxial digital inputs can be used to connect your DVD player, game system, or other digital audio source. The M6 Series CD-DAC surpasses most digital-to-analog convertors found in today's digital audio source devices.

Warranty Information

2 Year Warranty: By registering the Musical Fidelity M6 Series CD-DAC with Tempo Distribution LLC, the CD-DAC will receive a (1) one-year warranty extension to the original Musical Fidelity one-year warranty, for a total warranty term of (2) two years. Simply register the product online with Tempo Distribution, LLC within 30 day of purchase. 

Note: Visit www.tempohighfidelity.com to complete the online warranty registration, and then mail a copy of the original sales receipt to the following address - Tempo Distribution, LLC, PO BOX 541443, Waltham, MA 02453.

 
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