McIntosh has introduced introduce two more home theatre products, the rack-mountable MX100 A/V Processor and MI347 7-Channel Amplifier.

The MX100 and MI347 represent a streamlined approach to McIntosh’s home theatre product offerings. Designed to be heard more than seen, both can easily be mounted in a hidden or out-of-the-way A/V equipment rack. Accordingly, the MX100 has a 2U height and the MI347 has a 3U height. Or if preferred, they can be left out in the open for all to see.

New McIntosh Rack Mountable Home Cinema products

MX100 A/V Processor (2U Rack Mount Height)

The MX100 A/V Processor is designed for today’s home theatres that only need digital inputs and don’t require any legacy analogue inputs that were used in past years, decades, and centuries. It offers McIntosh home theatre performance in a streamlined design.

It has 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, with all being HDCP 2.2compliant. Each HDMI port also has 18Gbps of bandwidth to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats Dolby Vision™, HDR10 and HLG; 4K Ultra HD at 50/60Hz; 4:4:4 colour spacing; Rec. 2020; and 3D video pass-through. Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) functionality is included on the HDMI output. eARC offers improved bandwidth so the MX100 can receive higher resolution audio from a TV to produce the best possible sound quality. Two coax and 2 optical digital audio inputs are also included.

McIntosh MX100 A/V Processor (2U Rack Mount Height)

For outputting audio, the MX100 has 11.2 (or 7.2.4) discrete audio channels and 13 balanced (XLR) connectors. Seven 32-bit Digital-to-Analogue Converters (DACs) provide audiophile grade processing. By utilizing only balanced outputs, one can be assured of the cleanest sound being sent through the audio cables to the amplifier(s) and ultimately to the speakers and subwoofer(s).

The MX100 is compatible with leading home theatre surround sound and object-based 3D audio formats Dolby® Atmos and DTS:X™. It’s also fully compatible with 4K Ultra HD video sources for the best possible picture quality. The MX100 can be fine-tuned to each home theatre’s unique acoustical properties via the built-in Audyssey

McIntosh MX100 A/V Processor rear view

MultEQ® XT32 calibration software that has more than ten thousand individual control points allowing finer details of the room’s problems to be captured and corrected.

Setup is easily performed via computer interface, and it can even be pre-configured by the installer to save on-site installation time. The configuration file can be backed up onto a computer or USB stick for safe keeping. The MX100 can be fully operated via the remote control, or it can easily be incorporated it into a home automation system via RS232 control protocol.

MI347 7- Channel Amplifier (3U Rack Mount Height)

The MI347 7-Channel Digital Amplifier is a dedicated home theatre amplifier that delivers an immersive sonic experience. It uses highly sophisticated closed-loop digital switching amplifiers that are paired with robust power. While the MI347 has a simplified and understated exterior, the internal circuitry and components have received the full attention of the McIntosh engineers.

In a home theatre, the most important audio channels or speakers are the front left, front right, and centre channel speaker. These are where a majority of the dialogue and the loudest and most prominent special effects resonate from. As such, the MI347 will deliver 250 Watts at 8 Ohms or 300 Watts at 4 Ohms to each of these three speakers. The MI347’s other four channels are meant to drive the still important but less power-hungry surround sound speakers. To each of these four channels, the MI347 will deliver a healthy 125 Watts at 8 Ohms or 200 Watts at 4 Ohms.

McIntosh MI347 7- Channel Amplifier (3U Rack Mount Height)

A highly efficient Class D amplifier, the MI347 does not require noisy cooling fans to maintain nominal operating temperature; it also features an abundance of cooling vents on the top and sides to further assist with heat dissipation. On the front panel, multi-color LED indicators display the status of each channel. On the back, both a balanced and unbalanced input is included for each channel.

The MI347 is ideally suited to be paired with the McIntosh MX100 A/V Processor, but can also be used with McIntosh’s MX123 and MX170 processors, or with virtually any home theatre processor. If there’s more than 7 audio channels in the home theatre, such as with Dolby® Atmos or DTS:X™, McIntosh’s MI254 4-Channel Digital Amplifier or MI128 8-Channel Digital Amplifier (both rack-mountable) can be added to deliver McIntosh power to all the speakers.

McIntosh MI347 7- Channel Amplifier rear view

Other features included with the MI347: Power Guard® signal overload technology that prevents overdriving and damaging the speakers; Sentry Monitor™ short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the output stage should current ever approach unsafe operating levels; Power Control to automatically turn other connected McIntosh components on and off; and eco-friendly on/off signal sensing that turns the unit off if no input signal has been detected for a set amount of time and – perhaps more conveniently – automatically turns the MI347 on when it senses a signal from the home theatre processor.

Common Features

While having streamlined designs, both the MX100 and MI347 still include many McIntosh design cues including a black glass front panel, an illuminated McIntosh logo, rotary control knobs (MX100 only), and a familiar form factor highlighted by silver trim.

Designed to be rack mountable or out on show

Pricing And Availability

Orders for the MX100 and MI347 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in November 2020 to the United States and Canada, and to the rest of the world shortly thereafter, UK shipping is expected to begin in December 2020/Jan 2021

Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded):

MX100: $5,000 USD

MI347: $5,000 USD

MX100 and MI347: £6,495 (each) in the UK distributed by Fine Sounds UK

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