McIntosh announces MX180 home theater processor

McIntosh has announced the arrival of the MX180 A/V Processor (priced at $17,000 and available this month) with RoomPerfect calibration, and primed for both direct-to-home streaming, 4K and future 8K content. The preamplifier includes 16 balanced audio outputs for 15.1 or 9.1.6 configurations and supports all major immersive audio formats, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro and Auro-3D.

The MX-180 includes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz resolutions on all seven UHD HDMI ports, comprising five inputs and two outputs. Each HDMI port supports HDCP 2.3, 4:4:4 color, Rec. 2020, Dynamic Lip-sync, 3D Video pass-through, and ALLM, QFT, QMS, and VRR. HDR is covered with advanced formats, such as static and dynamic HDR, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision (plus low latency). Both HDMI outputs can output one or two sources to two separate screens, and one enables ARC and eARC.


McIntosh has licensed Lyngdorf’s extraordinary RoomPerfect in-room correction system which compensates for specific acoustical properties in any space. There are a number of digital and analog inputs (including moving magnet phono) and outputs. An analog to digital convertor promises to maximize the audio quality of analog sources, and there are bass and treble controls onboard, and zone B capability for second room configuration.

McIntosh says the MX180 uses sophisticated processing power to run cooler than their previous processors, and has a robust and simplified setup program for customization and optimization. It comes with the iconic McIntosh design of a black glass front panel, control knobs, illuminated logo and custom aluminum end caps. For more information, go to McIntosh.

Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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