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McIntosh has announced an 8K compatibility upgrade for the MX123 A/V Processor. The preamplifier was launched in October 2019 employing 4K/60Hz architecture but, with the company’s “philosophy of continuous improvement”, all new MX123s shipping this month will support 8K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz video resolutions and refresh rates. The new MX123 will also be able to upscale lower resolutions to 8K. The product can be ordered now from authorized McIntosh dealers for $8,500 (with the 4K version no longer available from the manufacturer).

Of the 10 available HDMI slots, McIntosh says one input and two outputs will enjoy 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz support. The three new 8K ports will also deliver features such as Quick Media Switching (QMS), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). However, all 10 HDMI inputs/outputs will continue to support 4K/60Hz, HDCP 2.3, Rec.2020, 4:4:4 color spacing, Dynamic Lip-sync and 3D video pass-through. The 10 ports include a myriad of HDR and dynamic HDR formats (static HDR, HDR10+, HLG, Dynamic HDR and low-latency Dolby Vision).

Characteristic of McIntosh’s exquisite electronics offerings, the MX123 comes fully loaded with 13.2 audio channels, Dolby Atmos (including Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer), DTS:X Pro, Auro-3D, Sony 360 Reality Audio, MPEG-H Audio, IMAX Enhanced certification, eARC/ARC, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and Audyssey MultEQ XT32. Connects with Control4 Certification and Works with Crestron Home Certification ensure smooth integration with home automation platforms.

For more information on the new MX123, visit McIntosh here.

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Martin Dew