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McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport

$9,999.00 inc. GST

  • Plays CD/DVD Data Discs; USB flash drives
  • Balanced, coax, optical, MCT outputs
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Be transported into your music with the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport.

The MCT500 is a digital only unit and features 4 digital outputs: industry standard balanced, coax and optical outputs plus our exclusive MCT connector. To enjoy your CDs, it can be paired with any product that has standard digital inputs and a digital-to-analog convertor (DAC). This includes select McIntosh home theater processorsintegrated amplifiers and preamplifiers.

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 D1100C53C2700C49 and D150 preamplifiers, MA9000MA8900MA7200 or MA5300 integrated amplifiers or 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 over the MCT connection.

All common disc types can be played on the MCT500, including SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R. A twin laser optical pickup assures optimal disc reading. A USB input is conveniently located on the front panel for easy access. In addition to store bought CDs and SACDs, popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA can be played from user generated CD or DVD Data Discs and USB flash drives.1

Disc handling is smooth and quiet thanks to an advanced disc transport with a precision die-cast aluminum tray. An advanced digital servo provides fast, quiet and accurate operation. A disc’s audio data is read at twice the normal rate insuring better disc tracking and error correction processing.

Integration with other McIntosh system components is achieved via the Power Control and data ports. The MCT500 is wrapped in classic McIntosh styling with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminum end caps. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

1) The maximum resolution of the MCT output is 24-bit/96kHz. For resolutions higher than this, the balanced, coax or optical output must be used.


Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Type: N/A
Digital Output Sample Rate: Coaxial: Up to 24-Bit/192kHz Optical: Up to 24-Bit/192kHz XLR: Up to 24-Bit/192kHz MCT: Up to 24-bit/96kHz (CD); DSD128 (SACD and Data DVD)
Digital Optical Output: -15dbm to -21dbm
Digital Coaxial Output: 0.5V p-p/75 ohms
Digital Output Jitter: ≤ 32ns with 1kHz test tone
Digital XLR Output: 5V p-p/150 ohms
Digital MCT (DIN) Output: 3V @110 ohms
Balanced Fixed Output: 0
Unbalanced Fixed Output: 0
Balanced Variable Output: 0
Unbalanced Variable Output: 0
Digital Coaxial Input: 0
Digital Optical Input: 0
Digital USB Input: 1 (front)
Digital USB Input Type: Type A
Digital Coaxial Output: 1
Digital Optical Output: 1
Digital XLR Output: 1
Digital MCT (DIN) Output: 1
Headphone Output: 0
Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: 1
Rear Panel Data Input: 1
Power Control Input: 1
Power Control Output: 1
Disc Formats: SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R; popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA
Disc Capacity: 1
Laser Type: Twin Beam
Laser Beam Wavelength: 650nm (SACD) 790nm (CD)
Laser Power: CLASS IIa/CLASS I
Standby Power Requirement: <0.5 watt Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 6" (15.24cm) x 19" (48.3cm) Note: When the Disc Tray is opened, the panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 6-3/4 inches (17.2cm). Weight: 26 lbs (11.8 kg) Shipping Weight: 40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)

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