McIntosh - MX123 A/V Processor

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Description:

  • 10 HMDI ports: 4K/60Hz; HDCP 2.3; Rec. 2020; 4:4:4 color spacing; Dynamic Lip-sync
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz on 1 HDMI input & 2 HDMI outputs
  • HDR (static HDR); Dynamic HDR; HDR10+; HLG; Dolby Vision
  • Quick Media Switching; Auto Low Latency Mode; Quick Frame Transport; Variable Refresh Rate
  • 13.2 Audio Channels; eARC/ARC; Apple AirPlay 2; Bluetooth; Spotify Connect
  • Dolby Atmos; DTS:X Pro; Auro-3D; IMAX Enhanced; 360 Reality Audio; MPEG-H Audio
  • Connects with Control4 Certification; Works with Crestron Home Certification
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32

The MX123 A/V Processor marries a long tradition of uncompromising McIntosh sound quality with the latest home theater technologies to bring you an unsurpassed luxury home entertainment experience. As of September 2021, the MX123 supports 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz resolutions and refresh rates. It can also upscale lower resolutions to 8K to produce the best possible picture quality.

To satisfy the video needs of your home cinema, the MX123 has 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. All HDMI inputs and outputs support HDCP 2.3; Rec. 2020; 4:4:4 color spacing; Dynamic Lip-sync; and 3D Video pass-through. To create the most life-like and realistic picture possible, all MX123 HDMI ports support a myriad of high dynamic range formats: HDR (static HDR); Dynamic HDR; HDR10+; HLG; and Dolby Vision (including low latency). These technologies will ensure every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and color – on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.

McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor
McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor

Of the 10 HDMI ports, 1 input and 2 outputs are 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz compatible1 with the rest supporting 4K/60Hz.

The 3 HDMI ports that are 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz compatible offer many other advanced features:

  • Quick Media Switching (QMS) that eliminates the delay that can result in blank screens before content is displayed.
  • Enhanced HDMI video features to improve gameplay performance by bringing an added level of smooth and seamless motion and transitions, including:
    • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that allows the ideal latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity.
    • Quick Frame Transport (QFT) that reduces latency for smoother no lag gaming, and real time interactive virtual reality.
    • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) that reduces or eliminates lag, stutter and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.

The MX123 is also fully compatible with all the leading home theater surround sound and object-based 3D audio formats such as Dolby® Atmos (including Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer); DTS:X® Pro; Auro-3D®; Sony's 360 Reality Audio, an immersive audio experience utilizing Sony’s spatial sound technology; and MPEG-H Audio. MPEG-H Audio, primarily developed by Fraunhofer IIS, is an open ISO standard and the industry’s most advanced audio system for UHD-TV and streaming. It supports both immersive sound and the ability for users to adjust elements in the audio to their preferences. MPEG-H has been on the air since 2017 on all TV networks in South Korea under the ATSC 3.0 standard. It was also selected for new broadcast standards to be launched in Europe, China and Brazil. 

Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) functionality is included on 1 of the HDMI outputs. ARC allows a compatible TV to send audio data to the audio video processor over the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for separate audio cables. The more advanced eARC offers greater bandwidth so higher resolution audio formats such as DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X®, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Atmos can be sent through the HDMI cable.2 

McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor

The MX123 features upgraded digital audio processing capabilities that results in 2 more discrete audio channels, bringing the MX123 to 13.2 discrete audio channels compared to 11.2 in the previous model. These 13.2 discrete channels are available via both balanced and unbalanced audio outputs that can be used in a variety of home theater speaker configurations; 2 additional unbalanced outputs offer further connection flexibility. DSD and ALAC playback support have been doubled to DSD128 and ALAC 192kHz for better high resolution audio performance.

Additional connections include: 4 digital audio inputs; 1 balanced and 8 unbalanced analog stereo audio inputs (including 1 dedicated as a Moving Magnet phono input to connect a turntable); an unbalanced 7.1 multi-channel audio input; 3 component and 4 composite video inputs; 1 USB Type A input; 2 unbalanced analog stereo outputs; 2 composite video outputs; and 1 component video output.

The MX123 is IMAX® Enhanced compatible. IMAX Enhanced is a set of stringent performance standards established by IMAX and DTS® to create a consistent and higher bar for image and sound performance on premium devices. It utilizes a sophisticated, advanced algorithm designed to produce the highest-quality, sharpest 4K HDR images. IMAX and DTS will also partner with award-winning Hollywood sound mixers to use a special variant of the DTS:X codec technology included in the MX123 to deliver an IMAX signature sound experience in your home theater.

McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor

Music streaming options3 on the MX123 includes Apple® AirPlay 2® along with Bluetooth® and Spotify® Connect for easy streaming from your mobile devices. AirPlay 2 is an Apple technology designed to control home audio systems and speakers in any room – with a tap or by just asking Siri – right from an iPhone®, iPad®, HomePod, or Apple TV®. It offers multiroom audio, Siri voice control, and enhanced playback. TuneIn is also included for further music streaming options – including McIntosh Music. To assist with wireless streaming performance and reliability, it includes 2.4/5GHz dual band support. An ethernet port that lets you make a hardwired connection to your network is also included to aid in producing the best possible music streaming experience.

McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor

Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 is included and will calibrate the MX123 to your home theater’s unique acoustical properties, letting it deliver the clearest and most balanced earth-shattering sound possible. Each discrete audio channel has its own 32-bit premium Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) to produce the best audio quality. Bass and treble tone controls plus a 9-band equalizer offer additional fine-tuning. The MX123 also gives you the flexibility to create 2 additional zones in your house and send select audio and/or video to each zone.

The MX123 has received Connects with Control4 Certification from Control4®, a leading global provider of smart home automation solutions, with the implementation of their Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), allowing it to be effortlessly integrated into Control4 automation systems to further enhance the user experience. It has also received Works with Crestron Home certification from Crestron, a global leader in advanced smart home technology. Crestron Home unlocks the full potential of a smart home. It’s the complete package for any size project, delivering a simpler, smarter user experience for homeowners, remarkably fast configuration and deployment for integrators, and the confidence that comes with renowned, best-in-class Crestron control hardware.

McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor

The MX123 can be paired with a variety of home theater amplifiers such as our MC303, MC255, MC257, MC8207, MI347, MI254, or MI128 amplifiers and any of our floor standing, in-wall or in-ceiling speakers to create an enviable and enjoyable cinema experience in the comfort of your home. Front panel buttons or a comprehensive remote control allow for easy system operation. It’s complete with McIntosh design fundamentals of a backlit black glass front panel with an illuminated logo, control knobs, an easy to read display, and aluminum end caps. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

1) The use of Ultra High Speed HDMI cables is required to take full advantage of the MX123's HDMI capabilities.
2) TV must be compatible with ARC/eARC.
3) All services may not be available in all regions; certain services may not yet be enabled for all apps; subscriptions may be required.

The MX123 is compatible with AirPlay 2. iOS 11.4 or later is required. To wirelessly stream music to the MX123 via Apple AirPlay 2 a wireless router is required. Router not included.
Apple, AirPlay, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPhone, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The trademark “iPhone” is used in Japan with a license from Aiphone K.K.
Non-McIntosh-Provided Services: Embedded and/or non-embedded services, e.g. those listed above, are necessary for full functionality, are provided by companies unrelated to McIntosh, and are beyond McIntosh’s control. McIntosh cannot and does not warrant against interruption, discontinuance, unsatisfactory performance, reduced Product functionality, or damages of any kind attributable to such services or their providers.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, Dolby Surround, Dolby Vision and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Manufactured under license from IMAX Corporation. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.
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The MPEG-H Audio System logo is a trademark of Fraunhofer IIS and is registered in Germany and other countries.
Manufactured under license from Audyssey Laboratories™. U.S. and foreign patents pending. Audyssey MultEQ® XT32, Audyssey Dynamic EQ®, Audyssey Dynamic Volume® and Audyssey LFC are registered trademarks of Audyssey Laboratories.
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
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Specifications:

CONNECTIVITY

  • Multi-Channel Outputs Balanced
    13.2
  • Multi-Channel Inputs Unbalanced
    7.1
  • Multi-Channel Outputs Unbalanced
    15.2
  • Stereo Inputs Balanced
    1
  • Stereo Inputs Unbalanced
    8
    (including 1 Moving Magnet Phono)
  • Stereo Outputs Unbalanced
    2
  • Digital Coaxial Input
    2
  • Digital Coaxial Output
    0
  • Digital Optical Input
    2
  • AES/EBU Balanced Input
    0
  • HDMI Input
    7
  • HDMI Output
    3
  • HDBT Output
    0
  • USB
    1 Type A
  • Component Input
    3
  • Component Output
    1
  • Composite Input
    4
  • Composite Output
    2
  • Subwoofer 2 Output
    Yes
    (discrete signal from subwoofer 1)
  • Network Connection
    1
  • Max # of audio channels in Zone A
    15
  • Additional Zone Outputs
    Zone 2: HDMI audio/video, component video, composite video, analog stereo audio
    Zone 3: Analog stereo audio
  • Advanced Connections
    Ethernet Web interface and firmware update, IP-based control, Web Data Streaming, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect

HDMI FEATURES

  • Resolution and Refresh Rates
    8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz on 1 HDMI input and 2 HDMI outputs (4K/60Hz on all other ports)
  • HDCP
    2.3
  • 4:4:4 Color
    Yes
  • Rec. 2020 (BT.2020)
    Yes
  • 3D video pass-through
    Yes
  • Dynamic Lip-sync
    Yes
  • ARC
    Yes (on 1 output)
  • eARC
    Yes (on 1 output)
  • Video Scaling
    8K Upconversion
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
    HDR (static HDR), Dynamic HDR, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision (including low latency)
  • Quick Media Switching (QMS)
    Yes (on 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz ports)
  • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
    Yes (on 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz ports)
  • Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
    Yes (on 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz ports)
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
    Yes (on 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz ports)

PROCESSING

  • Total Harmonic Distortion (DSP Bypass)
    0.005%
  • Dolby Processing
    Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround Upmixer
  • DTS Processing
    DTS-X, Neural:X Surround Upmixer, DTS Virtual:X
  • Auro Processing
    Auro 3D, Auro-Matic, Auro 9.1, 10.1
  • Pure Stereo DSP Bypass Mode
    Yes
  • MPEG-H Audio
    Yes
  • 360 Reality Audio
    Yes
  • IMAX Enhanced
    Yes
  • Room Correction
    Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dynamic EQ / Dynamic Volume, DSX

CONTROL

  • Third Party Control
    RS232, Web IP, IR Input
  • Tone Controls
    9 Band Equalizer, Bass and Treble
  • OSD Overlay on HDMI Output
    Yes
  • Input-Output Format Indicators
    9 in and 9 out
  • Control of McIntosh Sources
    Yes, by handheld remote, 1 Data Out, 2 Power Control Trigger jacks

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Channel Formats
    13.2, 7.1, 5.1, Stereo
  • Microphone and stand included
    Yes
  • Network Features
    Wi-Fi dual band 2.4/5GHz, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect
  • Unique Crossover Frequency, Each Speaker
    Yes
  • Special Features
    Rear Panel USB-Apple Dock, HDMI in standby, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS

  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)
    17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 7-5/8" (19.37cm) (including feet) x 19-1/2" (49.53cm) (including front panel, knobs, rear panel connections and USB drive)
  • Unit Weight
    31 lbs (14 kg)

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