Processors

McIntosh MX150 7.1 A/V Surround Sound Processor (SSP)

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Introduction

McIntosh Laboratory is well known for producing some of the finest quality luxury audio components on the market. I've always been a fan of McIntosh products and I enjoyed visiting the McIntosh suite at CES 2011 this past January. I was intrigued by the MX150 A/V Control Center, which is McIntosh's take on the ultimate home theater processor (SSP). I asked for a review sample, and a few months later couldn't believe that I actually had an MX150 on my front porch.

The MX150 came to market in early 2010 and offers support for HDMI 1.3, on-board decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD high-resolution audio formats and support for two zones. While those features are pretty typical these days, the MX150 comes with an extensive array of control functionality which allows the MX150 to easily serve as the central control device for an extensive home theater. The MX150 also includes an atypical room correction system called RoomPerfect. Read on for a much closer look at the MX150 and to see exactly what McIntosh put into their ultimate control center.

Specifications

  • Design: 7.1 Channel SSP
  • Codecs: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-ES (Discrete, Matrix), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • Precision: 24-Bit/192kHz A/D, D/A
  • 2-Zone Operation
  • RoomPerfect Automatic Measurement System
  • Inputs: 5 HDMI, 9 Digital (4 coax, 4 optical, 1 AES/EBU), 11 Stereo ( 9 RCA with Phono stage, 2 XLR), 7.1 Audio, 2 S-Video, 5 Component Video, 2 Composite Video, 1 Ethernet (RJ-45), 1 USB
  • Outputs: 10 RCA and XLR Audio, 1 HDMI, 2 S-Video, 2 Component Video, 2 Composite Video
  • Dimensions: 7.6" H x17.5" W x 15.5" D
  • Weight: 31 Pounds
  • MSRP: $12,000 USA
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