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PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL 15.00 GMT 15/02/2018
MCT500 offers wide-ranging format playback including FLAC, WAV and DSD from discs and drives
Binghamton, NY, USA, February 7th, 2018: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has announced the new MCT500 SACD/CD Transport (£5,995) www.mcintoshlabs.com
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
Contacts for publication
McIntosh is distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics
Tel: 01202 911886
For further McIntosh information, images or review products, please contact
Dan George on +44 (0)7899 808918
High-res images here
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. 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.
Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the infamous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music. Visit www.mcintoshlabs.com to learn more.
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