January 06, 2010
| by Robert Archer
McIntosh has been busy lately.
Fresh off the the announcement of its MXA60 integrated system, the custom electronics manufacturer is introducing three home theater components at CES 2010.
The new components are flagship products that can be used to assemble a complete system or used individually.
MVP881 BR Universal Audio/Video Player
McIntosh is breaking into new product territories with this introduction. Described as the company’s first true universal disc player, the MVP881 can play Blu-ray, DVD, CD, DVD-Audio and SACD discs, and it includes the BD Live 2.0 standard to access online content available on Blu-ray discs.
The player supports the latest codecs, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio. Its inclusion of four 32-bit/192 kHz internally balanced, stereo digital-to-analog converters (DAC) are capable of outputting 7.1 channels of audio.
Its multichannel outputs decode internally and it includes full bass management to allow the unit to be paired with an A/V processor that doesn’t include the latest multichannel audio formats.
MX150 12 Channel Preamplifier
McIntosh’s latest preamplifier/processor includes the uncompressed Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio surround sound formats, as well more traditional surround formats like Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS ES.
The pre/pro features HDMI 1.3, analog transcoding to digital, and RS-232 serial port allows it to integrate with a third-party control system.
McIntosh also has built in secondary zone options, which are controllable through its front panel or via a keypad.
MEN220 Room Correction System
With a traditional McIntosh exterior, the MEN220 is a device that corrects acoustic problems that result from room dimensions.
The device can be be set up through its DSP processing to provide up to six EQ curves through the implementation of the RoomPerfect software.
Through the use a PC and the MEN220, it can measure a room’s response to create a model called RoomKnowledge where the processor will then apply DSPs to correct for problematic room modes to provide an improved audio experience.
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.