The disc isn’t dead for McIntosh. The company has expanded its high-end component range with the MCT80 CD/SACD transport.

The MCT80 supports CD, SACD and CD-R/RW playback, as well as discs formatted with DSD (up to DSD128), WAV (up to 24bit/192kHz) and FLAC.

Discs aside, coaxial and optical inputs cater for hi-res file playback up to 24bit/192kHz, while McIntosh’s proprietary MCT input can connect compatible McIntosh components for optimum SACD audio playback.

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McIntosh claims the MCT80 reads a disc’s audio data at twice the normal rate for more accurate disc-tracking and error-correction processing.

The MCT80 marks the latest add-on module for the McIntosh MXA80 integrated system (£7500), joining the MB50 streaming audio player, MP100 phono stage and MHA150 headphone amplifier.

The MCT80 costs £4495 and is expected to begin shipping to the US in September, with UK deliveries set to follow by November.

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Lifestyle?

Lifestyle? More like Fisher Price I would say.