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McIntosh MCT500 2-Channel SACD/CD Transport

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  • $ 5,500

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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 McIntosh's 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 processors, integrated 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 D1100, C53, C2700, C49 and D150 preamplifiers, MA12000, MA9500, MA8950, MA7200 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.

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.


  • Number of Channels:  2
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)


WARNING: California Residents - Proposition 65. This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to



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