McIntosh adds MCT80 SACD/CD transport to MXA80 compact luxury Hi-Fi system options

posted on Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 by Steve May

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McIntosh has added the MCT80 SACD/CD transport, to its range of MXA80 system components. It joins a number of other add-on modules, specifically the MB50 streaming audio player, MP100 phono stage and MHA150 headphone amplifier, available for the system.

Naturally, the MCT80 embraces classic McIntosh cosmetics, with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminium end-caps. 

The MCT80 reads a disc’s audio data at twice the normal rate, to better ensure disc-tracking and error-correction processing. The unit features a high-performance transport with a die-cast aluminium tray. 

MCT80 Back

MXA80 MCT80 MB50 Angle

Compatible disc formats include 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 and MP3.

The MCT80’s three (coaxial and optical) digital outputs support 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. 

According to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), 47 million CDs were sold in the UK alone in 2016, with a similar number of sales expected in 2017.

The MCT80 will retail for £4,495, while the MXA80 integrated audio system sells for £7,500. McIntosh is distributed in the UK by Jordan Acoustics. For more details call 01202 911886. 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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