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Press release: McIntosh adds disc replay to its luxury compact audio system

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McIntosh’s MCT80 SACD/CD transport brings disc playback to its compact lifestyle components

The new MCT80 introduces SACD/CD playback to McIntosh’s bijou MXA80 system and joins streaming, vinyl and headphone amp add-ons, to deliver the full McIntosh experience from a compact system

Binghamton, NY, USA – 17th August, 2017: McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, has launched the MCT80 CD/SACD transport which introduces high-performance disc playback to McIntosh’s compact lifestyle product range www.mcintoshlabs.com (£4,495)

An incredible 47 million CDs were sold in the UK alone in 2016, with a similar number of sales expected in 2017*. McIntosh’s new MCT80 CD/SACD transport offers highly accurate disc-reading from the billions of CDs around the world and expands the capability of the New York-based manufacturer’s bijou lifestyle system.

The MCT80’s introduction brings disc-based playback to McIntosh’s space-saving MXA80 integrated audio system (£7,500). It joins a number of other add-on modules, the MB50 streaming audio player, MP100 phono stage and MHA150 headphone amplifier, to provide a complete yet compact McIntosh solution for the office, bedroom, lounge or any secondary live/work space (modules sold separately).

  1. MCT80 (centre) brings disc replay to McIntosh’s lifestyle MXA80 system


For the utmost performance, the MCT80 reads the disc’s audio data at twice the normal rate, ensuring better disc-tracking and error-correction processing, plus a twin-laser optical pickup assures optimal disc reading. The module features a high-performance transport with a die-cast aluminium tray, plus an advanced digital servo for faster, quieter and more accurate disc-reading.

All common disc types can be played, including: SACD; CD; CD-R/RW (MP3 and WMA), plus user-generated DVD or CD data discs formatted with DSD (up to DSD128), WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz), FLAC, MP3 and more.

The MCT80 has three digital outputs: coaxial and optical (both supporting high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz audio) plus McIntosh’s proprietary MCT connection** which offers a secure DSD connection for high-res SACD audio. For general CD playback, the MCT80 can be used with any DAC with a digital coax or optical input.

Designed to complement its compact McIntosh stablemates, power control and data ports integrate the MCT80 with other McIntosh system components. The MCT80 features classic McIntosh styling with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, an illuminated logo and aluminium end-caps.

* Source: BPI (British Phonographic Industry).

**To take advantage of the MCT80’s unique MCT connection, it must be used with select McIntosh models that have an MCT input. These currently include the MXA80 and MHA150, the D1100, C52, C2600, C47 and D150 preamplifiers, plus the MA9000 and MA8900 integrated amplifiers.

Pricing and availability

Orders can be placed with authorised McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in September (US) and October/November (UK) priced at £4,495.


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Press contact

For further McIntosh information, images or review products, please contact

Dan George on +44 (0)7899 808918



Contacts for publication

McIntosh is distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics

Tel: 01202 911886

Email: mcintosh@jordanacoustics.co.uk

Web: www.jordanacoustics.co.uk 

About McIntosh

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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