The new McIntosh MX-151 Home Theater Processor has just debuted!
The McIntosh MX-151 is designed to serve as a high quality central audio video control point within a performance theater environment. The new MX-151 features HD digital audio decoding, HDMI video switching and a new Pass Through for 3D video sources. To make the theater experience more immersive, the MX-151 has advanced RoomPerfect three dimensional room correction technology. Using an included microphone, RoomPerfect will model your room using three dimensional spatial analysis, then set up your theater system to not only account for the sidewall placement (like traditional systems), but how high or low each speaker is on the wall or ceiling. This is an enormous benefit as most real-world theaters to not allow for the reference mastering standard which is seven identical speakers, all placed at the same height.
For theater, the new MX-151 supports standard Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:6, and the newest Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master formats. The later are particularly important for Blu-Ray and high performance hard disk based videos. Also on the digital front, the MX-151 is upgradeable over Ethernet or USB and can be managed by onscreen menus, or from your laptop computer via a new web page interface. The MX-151 can also play TWO separate video sources in TWO separate zones. This would allow you to watch Cable TV in the family room while another person watches a computer hard drive movie in the living room. You share the same sources on two different tv’s.
For traditional stereo music lovers, the MX-151′s analog two channel stereo mode is particularly important in that it allows you to use your processor as a high performance McIntosh two channel preamplifier. In this mode, it shuts off the high speed chips needed for digital and video processing, reducing electrical noise and allowing an extra-quiet electrical environment for maximum (aka extra-quiet!) analog two channel performance. As always with McIntosh processors, the high performance volume control and switching circuits are the same as McIntosh’s high performance two channel preamplifiers. Included are two sets of balanced inputs with balanced outputs for excellent low level signal transmission and noise rejection.
Perfect for a system that needs to play theater, but still serves as a high performance stereo!
The new MX-151 is priced at $12,500.