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McIntosh MCT80 brings disc playback to Lifestyle range

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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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.