McIntosh Labs MCT450 SACD/CD Transport Product Tour

McIntosh Labs MCT450 SACD/CD Transport Product Tour


♪ [music] ♪ This is McIntosh’s MCT450 CD Transport.
It’s actually not a CD player. A CD player has two parts inside. One is
the mechanical part that has to spin the disk very precisely, the laser has to be
able to read all the information on the disk, and that’s going to spit out ones
and zeroes computer language. And that goes to the other half of the CD
player, which is the digital-to-analog converter section, or the DAC. The DAC has
the job of turning the ones and zeroes into music. Well, things are starting to change in the
audio industry. It used to be that CD players were the only digital source in
the typical system. Well, today most sources are digital. You might have a
cable box. You might have a TiVo, I have one of those in my system. You
might want to play CDs. You might have a streaming device. So manufacturers have
started to put DACs, or digital-to-analog converters, in amplifiers. In fact, almost
every McIntosh pre-amplifier and every McIntosh integrated amplifier made today
already has a DAC built in. So McIntosh saw the need to build a player
that did not have a DAC built in, hence the term CD transport because it’s
the mechanical part of the CD player. So this does not connect to your system
with a left and right analog cable. This connects to your system using a
digital cable. Either an optical cable, a coaxial cable, or if you have a McIntosh
system, a special proprietary cable that comes in the box with the MCT450. So that
allows McIntosh to offer a CD playing device at a significantly lower cost than
before. So the MCT450 is a CD transport that when connected to a system that
already has a DAC inside, allows you a lower price point to get McIntosh
CD-playing capability into your system with absolutely no sacrifice of sound
quality, reliability, or performance. ♪ [music] ♪

4 thoughts on “McIntosh Labs MCT450 SACD/CD Transport Product Tour

  1. Great video! Very informative—will there be that much of a difference in sound if I connected a Cambridge Audio CXC transport to a MA5300 vs the MCT450? In other words, is the MCT450 worth the price if the CXC accomplishes the same thing? Thanks!

  2. I just bought  MA5300 and the MCT450 ,but downside oft the mct450 is ,its not playing flac file,,just mp3 losy,,,files,,that sad for such a high price unit,

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