Unless you’re not all about McIntosh ’appearance’ in your theater, my vote goes to Marantz AV8805. They are on the forefront of cutting edge technology when it comes to latest audio codec’s and sound quality.
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Both have Audyssey speakers calibration : not the best according to what I have read.
Dirac Live is supposed to be much better.
McIntosh MX160 has’´ Room Perfect ´´ speakers calibration .
If music is important , take a look at Audiocontrol processors.
It is not easy to make a choice in this segment of the market.
And everything gets obsolete quite fast.
I have Acurus ACT4 20 channels. Room calibration is supposed to
be availlable in a near futur. It is a must.
I use a MX122 with a MC207, this system replaced a Krell HTS 7.1 and Krell TAS. I only used the HTS 7.1 as a volume control, all HT processing was done by an Oppo UDP-205. Results with both systems were excellent IMHO. But the McIntosh equipment just looks beautiful to me. Unfortunately I spent little time with the McIntosh system as we relocated and everything is currently in storage. One thought I had is front speakers are B&W 802D, that can be bi-amped. I plan to do just this when I eventually re-assemble my HT system. The system will remain a 5.1 configuration and the extra 2 channels on the MC207 will be used to bi-amp the 802D speakers. To facilitate this I purchased 2 XLR Y splitter cables from Blue Jeans cables. Everything is ready to go, just need to buy the house.