McIntosh Laboratory’s new MX160 processor combines 4K Ultra HD video, HDBaseT connectivity, Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D immersive audio support, high-resolution audio support, RoomPerfect correction technology, and more with the brand’s legendary sound quality. Now available for $20,000 and ready to invade home cinema systems everywhere, the new MX160 replaces the existing MX151 and brings McIntosh’s sound and build quality to a new level.
In audio terms, the new MX160 supports RoomPerfect room-correction technology, which adjusts the audio to the specific acoustics of the room (the processor already comes with microphone and stand for measurement). It also supports new object-based immersive audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D, apart from supporting Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and, of course, all other popular legacy formats. All audio is processed according to the legendary McIntosh sound and performance standards.
As for video, there’s full support for 4K Ultra HD native sources, plus up-conversion to 4K Ultra HD for the best possible picture quality from 1080P, 720P and 576P/480P inputs. The MX160 offers an incredible eight HDMI inputs and four outputs for current and future TV compatibility, plus offers a 3D video pass-through feature. An HDBaseT output is also included to provide degradation-free, uncompressed digital video and audio, over long cable runs between the MX160 and projectors or televisions.
Updating all fundamental aspects of home-theater technology, the new MX160 features balanced outputs for 11.1 (also known as 7.1.4) audio channels, plus four auxiliary channels for use in bi-amping speakers or driving additional subwoofers. For digital audio sources, the MX160 features four optical and three coaxial inputs, one USB (up to 24-bit/192kHz data), plus an XLR connector. For analogue audio, there are two sets of stereo balanced inputs, four sets of stereo unbalanced inputs, a dedicated phono input, plus a set of 7.1 multichannel unbalanced inputs.
All analogue and digital connections can be custom-named for simplified system operation and matched in volume level for a smooth transition between sources. Bass and treble controls offer further audio fine-tuning.
The classic black glass front panel, knobs, illuminated logo and custom-machined brushed- aluminium end-caps make the MX160 a rousing addition to any home cinema system. It can be paired with a variety of McIntosh amplifiers and speakers for a complete home cinema system.
Like all the brand’s products, the MX160 is handcrafted in the Binghamton factory (NY) and boasts classic 1950s styling with contemporary features and performance.