McIntosh Expands Preamp-Processor Line

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Binghamton, N.Y. - McIntosh is expanding its A/V preamp/processor lineup with the shipment of the $12,500 MX151 and $6,000-suggested MX121 A/V control centers.

They replace the brand's single preamp-processor, the $12,000 MX150.

The 7.1-channel MX121 comes in at half the price of the MX150 and is part of a new $17,500 home-theater bundle that incorporates a 3D Blu-ray player and seven-channel amp.

The $6,000 MX121 is the brand's first preamp processor with Apple AirPlay and DLNA networking, both enabled through the preamp processor's Ethernet port or a wireless adapter. The 121 also decodes all Blu-ray HD audio codecs, and it features wired USB input to play back music stored on portable devices, up-scaling of all video sources to 1080p over HDMI, and HDMI 1.4a 3D passthrough, which was not available on the previous year's single preamp processor.

Other 121 features include Internet radio, Audyssey room correction, Audyssey DSX post-processing to add front-height and front-width channels, 7.1-channel analog output, six HDMI 1.4a inputs, and two 1.4a outputs.

Both preamp-processors feature dual-zone A/V operation.

The $12,500 MX151 features full 3D video passthrough, decoding of all HD audio codecs on Blu-ray discs, assignable balanced input and outputs, dedicated phono section, Lyngdorf's RoomPerfect room-correction technology, and ability to play two-channel audio sources in up to 7.1 channels via Dolby Pro Logic IIx or DTS Neo:6 post processing.

For the $17,500 home-theater bundle, McIntosh is packaging the MX121 preamp processor with the $6,000 7x200-watt

MC8207 amplifier and its

first 3D Blu-ray player, the $5,500-suggested universal


Although the three are not packaged together at a discounted price, "the three units are presented as a suite to provide a complete home-theater solution," the company said. "The products sell separately but complement each other perfectly as a full system."

The bundle's MVP891 universal Blu-ray player is the brand's first 3D Blu-ray player and its first Blu-ray player with DLNA networking, which streams audio and video from a networked PC. Other features include playback of DVD-Audio and SACD discs, BD-Live Profile 2.0, USB memory drive reader and an RS232C interface.

The MC8207 amplifier features McIntosh Dynamic Power Management circuit to deliver full power into both 4- and 8-ohm speakers. Two-zone capability enables simultaneous driving of a 5.1-channel home-theater systems and a separate stereo zone. Its LED-based meters look like analog VU meters.


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