McIntosh announces MCT500 SACD/CD transport with USB input

Review - McIntosh MCT500

McIntosh MCT500

McIntosh announces MCT500 SACD/CD transport with USB input
M cIntosh has announced the new MCT500 SACD/CD Transport (£5,995). The new transport has been designed to replay SACD/CD discs, plus a wide range of audio formats stored on USB flash drives and user-generated CD and DVD Data discs. All common disc types can be played on the MCT500, including SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R. In addition, popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WMA and WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) WMA can be played from discs and USB drives.

For CD playback, the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport can be partnered with a wide range of McIntosh devices featuring digital inputs, including preamps, integrated amplifiers, processors, headphone amps and DACs.

For SACD playback, the transport features McIntosh’s proprietary MCT output which offers a secure digital connection when connected (with the included cable) to a McIntosh product with an MCT input; regular CD can also be played over MCT.

The new MCT500 SACD/CD Transport can also be used with a wide range of aftermarket DACs and offers three digital outputs: balanced XLR, coaxial and optical, in addition to McIntosh’s proprietary MCT connection.

An advanced disc transport with a precision die-cast aluminium tray enables smooth and quiet disc-handling and an advanced digital servo provides fast, quiet and accurate operation. Audio data is read at twice the normal rate, ensuring better disc- tracking and error-correction processing.

The MCT500 is wrapped in classic McIntosh styling with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminium end caps. Integration with other McIntosh system components is via the Power Control and data ports.

■ Pricing and availability

Orders can be placed now with authorised McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in February (US) and March/April (UK); £5,995. McIntosh is distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics

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