McIntosh MCT 450 – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.

What are the specs for the McIntosh MCT 450?

Disc Formats:
SACD, Hybrid SACD, CD, CD-R/RW (MP3 and WMA)
Disc Capacity:
Laser Type:
Twin Beam
Laser Beam Wavelength:
650nm (SACD) 790nm (CD)
Laser Power CLASS:
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).
26 lbs (11.8 kg)

What else to know about the McIntosh MCT 450?

The MCT450 transport can play both CD and SACD. There is also a multichannel option but for this you will need another DAC because the D150 is only stereo. The cabinet of the 450 has the usual and fascinating McIntosh look that is easily recognizable also without the blue Vu-meters. In the upper central part there is the brand illuminated by a light green optical fibre. Right below there is the metal drawer that is pretty silent. Below there is the light blue display with a dimension that allows you to see also from a couple meters. It shows what is playing, the playing run time and if it’s a SACD the title of the song and of the record. Many black buttons enable all functions that are controlled also by the remote. The remote is in plastic and it is well done; it seems better than those of the past. The front panel is as usual made of glass. The transport has digital outputs XLR, DIN, Toslink optical and coaxial. There is the IEC port and the usual proprietary controls for the connection to other McIntosh devices. ...It is not easy to describe the attitude of these two devices. The sound is not so perfectly defined but it is very pleasant and easy. The timbre is very personal. The high and low range are very beautiful while the mid range gives a very defined characteristics to voices and instruments that are located in this area. Maybe because the mid-low range is a little bit lightened. The highest range is very lively, never annoying and material enough to give an idea of reality. I have had a real good time while listening. The personality of these devices is not easy but very interesting. I would have loved to have months and not just weeks to listen to them thoroughly. And referring back to the incipit of this review I must say that i could not help watching these beautiful devices and their big and well designed displays. The sound is branded McIntosh and this is a plus. The price is perfectly in line with the quality of the product. -

Brief History of McIntosh

Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.

Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy

Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.

StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?

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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.