I have the article. Great writeup, though brief.
Originally Posted by mookie b
"But despite the borrowed resources, in no way is the MX121 a repackaged AV7005."
And after that statement the article continued with, "the digital and analog audio boards, layout, power supply, and, of course, robust chassis construction - including machined aluminum side panels and the distinctive industrial design are pure McIntosh. Most Home Theater
readers already know that, regardless of brand, everyone throughout the industry buys from a short list of audio and video-chip manufacturers. The key is how the chips are implemented."
It was quite a positive review, with special attention given to help disprove the ridiculous and expired theory that the guts are a 7005. The 121 is a "Home Theater Top Pick." The only borderline comment related to the chroma resolution where there was roll-off in the most extreme frequencies -- a common issue which only showed up in tests and won't have any negative visible
I have to say that I find it interesting that the poster above, who first quoted this article, ignored all of the information relevant to the readers of this thread and instead chose to post a meaningless graph in an effort to selectively isolate his own point, suggesting that 'we won't like this.' Quite the contrary, the article proves why such archaic (and strategic) efforts don't hold water.
The author also loved the multi-channel McIntosh amp (MC8207), giving it 5 of 5 stars and a glowing review.