McIntosh launch 'streaming rival' MCT450 CD/SACD Transport
Purveyor of high-end components, McIntosh Laboratory, has launched the MCT450, a new SACD/CD transport designed to deliver the optimum sound quality from CD and SACD music collections, in the face of competition from the multitude of streaming devices currently hitting the market.
It has (inevitably )been engineered to deliver best performance from CD and SACD media when partnered with its digital-input McIntosh stablemates, including select A/V processors, integrated amplifiers and preamplifiers.
The MCT450 offers digital balanced (24-bit/192kHz), coaxial (24-bit/96kHz), optical (24- bit/192kHz) and DIN outputs for excellent flexibility when connecting to partnering system components. For optimum SACD playback, the MCT450 also employs a DIN output for connection to select McIntosh models (with a DIN input), such as the new D150 digital preamp launched at CES in January 2015.
The transport is compatible with all common disc types including: SACD; CD; CD-R and CD- RW (MP3 and WMA). A twin-laser optical pickup assures optimal disc-reading, while 2x read speed provides improved data-reading from damaged discs.
Further features include a premium aluminium die-cast CD tray, plus power control and data ports to control the unit’s operational state via other McIntosh system components. The entire unit is housed in a classic McIntosh-styled polished stainless steel chassis with a black- glass front panel and brushed-aluminium end caps.
The MCT450 is priced at £4,495 and available now.
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