I just saw it yesterday on thire website. I too am interested in know people's opinions on it. Anyone know the price? I have been looking for a "stripped down" pre/pro for a while.
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The MX119 has 8 channel external in, unbalanced stereo inputs, phono input and one set of balanced stereo inputs that are all pure analog. These inputs bypass the processor and all volume controls for all eight channels are analog. NO digital volume controls.
In the Two Channel mode the front left and right speaker run full range. In the Stereo mode the sub out is active through a 80 Hz. analog crossover.
Any analog source can be processed through DPL-II, DTS-NEO:6, etc. if desired at 24/192 resolution.
Outputs are balanced on the front left, right and center. All other channels are unbalanced.
From my conversation with McIntosh just now, there IS volume control when inputting via the multi-channel analog inputs, but NO processing. The signal remains analog all the way through (aka: pass-through).
For all other analog inputs, it is the user's option to process the signal, or keep it analog for straight pass-through.
Correct me if I am wrong here.
The analog section of the MX119 is basically the same as the C45 ($3600) stereo pre amp.
If you feed an analog stereo or multichannel input it will stay analog in Stereo which is the two fronts + sub, or 2-Channel which is the two fronts no sub, or the External input which is used for SACD or DVD-A outputs of your universal DVD player. The TM-1 tuner pack and internal phono pre amps are also analog of course.
I heard the MX119 a few weeks ago along with the MC207. I cant discribe the sound other then by saying it was Marvolus in both stereo, surround,& movie soundtracks.It listed for $5500.00 at the dealers but i was able to buy it new open box on ebay for $4425. Im saving for the MC207 which I can get new opened box for $5250.
P.S. listen to the opening of the movie "SEA BICUIT" the thunder of galloping horses with the underling musical score is breath taking!GOOOOOO MAC
I've had my MX-119 for about a year now. I run it with an MC-205 through Dunlavy SC3s and SC1s.
Likes: Flexibility, ease of use and setup, above average phono section.
Dislikes: Finiky remote, crowded rear panel, no hdmi or upgradability, phono not on par with other $5K setups.
Now that HD DVD (or Blueray) is out, I'm thinking of parting with this to get a preamp with more inputs and especially HDMI or DVI so I can really use the new stuff in my system.