Originally Posted by ChopShop1
Question for you guys on the Mach IVb....Bland, I know you and some others here really enjoy it. If you were presented with the opportunity to buy the MACH IVb and have to wait, say a year to add the TEQ, or just buy something like the Marantz 8801 (I know it's in a different category) What would you make your decision based upon? I know the ADA is probably a better all around unit, and to buy the best you can afford at the moment and upgrade later is the way, but curious if any of you thought the ADA without the Trinnov right away, would provide a lack luster experience. I don't mean lack luster in crap or anything, but not showing what it can do combined with teq, would it be at a distinct disadvantage? Thanks
Edit...or something like the MX151 complete from the start and done
In essence, it generally comes down to a few things -
- core audio quality of the processor
- quality of room correction
- functionality for your setup
- manufacturer support
In my case, I moved from an 8801 to the MX 151. I owned the 8801, and had the opportunity to test the MX in my home for a week. I frankly was anticipating little or no difference, given how pleased I was with the 8801. But after just a day, the core sonics of the 151 were markedly better - a more open, grain free sound among other qualities. And by the end of the week (once I figured out room perfect calibration techniques), it was also evident that RP was a major improvement over Audyasey XT32 Pro (especially in low frequency, but throughout the spectrum)
With its focus positions, RP does its own version of remapping, allowing you to snap the sound center to any seat in your listening area, or average all positions for multiple listeners. The MX provides a highly articulate and effortless sound, great imaging around the room, and a tremendous surround soundfield.
For some, it may not offer enough hdmi inputs, or there may be a concern that all signals pass through the digital domain, or that there will likely be no upgrade to hdmi 2.0. So it may not pass the functionality/useability test for some.
From a support perspective, Mcintosh is first rate. Very east to get someone on the phone or communicate via email.
I cannot comment on the difference between the MX and things like the Theta, but the 151 is a gem that is sometimes overlooked in the realm of so many sparkly things out there...