McIntosh Laboratory’s new feature-packed MX122 processor, which debuted at CES 2016, will soon be available in the UK via McIntosh’s UK distributor Jordan Acoustics. The new MX122 brings the McIntoh sound and build quality to home cinema connoisseurs for £6,995 and is the latest way to enjoy McIntosh’s exclusive A/V technology, following the recently launched MX160 (£13,995).
The new MX122 is future-proofed says the recent press release and it features Dolby® Atmos and will be upgradable to support DTS:X™ and Auro-3D®. In addition to 3D audio, existing formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are supported for legacy disc collections.
MX122 is also fully compatible with modern 4K Ultra HD video sources — it can also upscale lower resolutions to 4K Ultra HD for the best possible picture quality.The MX122 offers a huge complement of inputs and outputs including: 7 HDMI; 4 digital; 1 balanced and 8 unbalanced analogue stereo; an unbalanced 7.1 multi-channel audio; 3 component and 4 composite video, along with USB.
For multi-room, users can create two additional ‘zones’ in the home and send select audio and/or video to them from the MX122. Outputs include both balanced and unbalanced connections configured for 11.2 (also referred to as 7.2.4) surround sound, 3 HDMI (1 dedicated for ‘Zone 2’), 2 component and 2 composite video (1 of each for ‘Zone 2’) and 2 unbalanced stereo (1 for ‘Zone 2’ and 1 for ‘Zone 3’). All HDMI inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 and support High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4K Ultra HD at 50/60Hz, 4:4:4 colour, Rec. 2020 and 3D video pass-through.
The MX122’s processor is compatible with a variety of high-resolution digital music formats up to 24-bit/192kHz and can up-convert two-channel audio to multichannel. Users can also connect to cloud-based and online digital music services using both wired and wireless network connections.
Bluetooth and AirPlay® connectivity allows streaming from mobile devices and DSD64 files can be played from flash drives or over networks. Where available, interfaces to popular streaming services including Pandora®, SiriusXM® and Spotify® are included, while vTuner lets users connect to 1,000s of internet radio stations – including McIntosh Music.
Audyssey’s MultEQ® XT32 room-correction technology offers accurate room calibration, enabling the processor to reach its full sonic potential. Each audio channel has its own 32-bit premium DAC and a nine-band equalizer offers additional fine-tuning.
Like all McIntosh’s products, the MX122 is handcrafted in the Binghamton factory (NY) and boasts classic 1950s styling.
The MX122 sells for £6,995 and is available to order now from Jordan Acoustics