$ 317,500.00 USD
$ 317,500.00 USD
$ 84,500.00 USD
$ 84,500.00 USD
$ 750.00 USD
$ 750.00 USD
AV Players

McIntosh MCT500

In store purchase only
$ 5,500.00 USD
$ 5,500.00 USD
2-Channel SACD/CD Transport
  • Plays CD/DVD Data Discs; USB flash drives
  • Balanced, coax, optical, MCT outputs
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Product Description

— Product Description

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 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, MA9000, MA8900, 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.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.



  • Number of Channels2
  • Fixed Output LevelN/A
  • Variable Output LevelN/A
  • Output ImpedanceN/A
  • Frequency ResponseN/A
  • Signal To Noise RatioN/A
  • Dynamic RangeN/A
  • Total Harmonic DistortionN/A
  • Channel SeparationN/A
  • Headphone Output ImpedanceN/A


  • Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) TypeN/A
  • Coaxial Sample RateN/A
  • Optical Sample RateN/A
  • USB Sample RateN/A
  • Digital Coaxial InputN/A
  • Digital Optical InputN/A
  • Digital Output Sample RateCoaxial: 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 Output0.5V p-p/75 ohms
  • Digital Output Jitter≤ 32ns with 1kHz test tone
  • Digital XLR Output5V p-p/150 ohms
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Output3V @110 ohms


  • Balanced Fixed Output0
  • Unbalanced Fixed Output0
  • Balanced Variable Output0
  • Unbalanced Variable Output0
  • Digital Coaxial Input0
  • Digital Optical Input0
  • Digital USB Input1 (front)
  • Digital USB Input TypeType A
  • Digital Coaxial Output1
  • Digital Optical Output1
  • Digital XLR Output1
  • Digital MCT (DIN) Output1
  • Headphone Output0


  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input1
  • Rear Panel Data Input1
  • Power Control Input1
  • Power Control Output1


  • Disc FormatsSACD, 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 Capacity1
  • Laser TypeTwin Beam
  • Laser Beam Wavelength650nm (SACD)
    790nm (CD)
  • Laser PowerCLASS IIa/CLASS I
  • Standby Power Requirement<0.5 watt


  • Unit 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).
  • Unit Weight26 lbs (11.8 kg)
  • Shipping Weight40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)


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