McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic "McIntosh Blue" Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol of quality audio. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. And for McIntosh users it's time to update their audio sources with what is possibly the last optical drive player they will ever need. The new MCT500 offers wide-ranging format playback including FLAC, WAV and DSD from discs and 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 aluminum 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 aluminum end caps. Integration with other McIntosh system components is via the Power Control and data ports.
Orders can be placed now with authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in February (US) and March/April in Europe.