McIntosh has released a SACD/CD transport. Being a transport it has only digital outputs, but it does also have McIntosh’s MCT output, so high-resolution SACD data can be streamed to any McIntosh product with an MCT input.

The MCT500 has three standard digital outputs—balanced via XLR, coaxial via BNC and optical via Toslink—plus, of course, McIntosh’s exclusive MCT connector. For SACD playback, the MCT500’s proprietary MCT output needs to be connected (via the included cable) to a McIntosh product with an MCT input. This includes the D1100, C52, C2600, C47 and D150 preamplifiers, MA9000, MA8900, MA7200 or MA5300 integrated amplifiers and MAC7200 receiver. When the MCT500 is connected to one of these devices, a secure digital connection is created, allowing for the playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs. Regular CDs can also be played back via the MCT connection, so multiple links are not required.

The discs that can be played back via the twin laser optical pickup inside the MCT500 are SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R. There’s also a USB input on the front panel for easy access. The USB input can handle AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA files. This files can also be burned to CD or DVD data discs and played back. ‘Disc handling is smooth and quiet thanks to McIntosh’s advanced disc transport and a precision die-cast aluminium tray,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes McIntosh in Australia. ‘An advanced digital servo provides fast, quiet and accurate operation and disc data is read at twice the normal rate to ensure better disc tracking and error correction processing.’

The MCT500 has classic McIntosh styling—polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminium end caps—and has power control and data port circuitry so it will integrate with all other McIntosh components.

For further information, please contact Synergy Audio Visual