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post #481 of 607
Hmm. The outputs are there, but if the processor only has 8 channels how do I make it a 9 system PLUS use at least one sub?
post #482 of 607
Does anyone know if there have been any recent firmware updates?
post #483 of 607
I haven't heard of any...
post #484 of 607
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Originally Posted by ERome1 View Post

Hmm. The outputs are there, but if the processor only has 8 channels how do I make it a 9 system PLUS use at least one sub?

you can't... 8 channels of processing means just that, 8 channels of processing... 7 for the speakers and 1 for the sub...
post #485 of 607
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Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman View Post

Thanks, I thought Mc was part of D&M, but did not want to sound dumb by assuming I remembered correctly.

OK, all right, now it all comes together for me, so A1UDCI, UD9004, MVP881/891 are cousins. That makes a lot of sense.

So now time to buy a Denon with a Made in USA stamp and glass/metal gothic lettering, it all makes sense when you outsourced your own company:)
post #486 of 607
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Originally Posted by bobpaule View Post

OK, all right, now it all comes together for me, so A1UDCI, UD9004, MVP881/891 are cousins....
Corporate cousins no longer. McIntosh was acquired by Fine Sounds SpA in October 2012.
post #487 of 607
I am trying to decide on whether to buy a new MX-121 or a used MX-151. Have any of you auditioned both and why did you go with your particular choice which will likely be the MX-121 given this thread? Thanks.
post #488 of 607
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Originally Posted by mpauline View Post

I am trying to decide on whether to buy a new MX-121 or a used MX-151. Have any of you auditioned both and why did you go with your particular choice which will likely be the MX-121 given this thread? Thanks.

The 151 wasn't out so I didn't have to go through that. I've been happy with the 121, and the only things its lacking that i can see are technologies that aren't out yet (IE. 4k passthrough)....the 121 has been my best processor overall hands down. For reference, previous ones were an Arcam AVR600 and an Anthem AVM-50v.
post #489 of 607
Thanks for the input. Did you listen to the MX150?
post #490 of 607
Yes, and couldn't tell a difference for movies, plus I wanted 3d, so 121 was a no brainer at less than half the price.
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Originally Posted by mpauline View Post

Thanks for the input. Did you listen to the MX150?
post #491 of 607
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Originally Posted by mookie b View Post

Yes, and couldn't tell a difference for movies, plus I wanted 3d, so 121 was a no brainer at less than half the price.

What amplifiers do you use with your MX-121?
post #492 of 607
Hey guys, would love your thoughts. I've been all over the map on what new (used) processor to get. I currently have a Merdian 561, MC352, two MC2255, all powering N802's, N805's, and an HTM1. Source is a the new Oppo 93 and a digital steamer. I've narrowed it to 3 options.

Meridian G68 and HD621
MX-121 using HDMI switching
MX-120 for audio and sending video straight to TV from my sources

Thoughts?
post #493 of 607
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Originally Posted by mpauline View Post

What amplifiers do you use with your MX-121?

MC205
post #494 of 607
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Originally Posted by AuburnM5 View Post

Hey guys, would love your thoughts. I've been all over the map on what new (used) processor to get. I currently have a Merdian 561, MC352, two MC2255, all powering N802's, N805's, and an HTM1. Source is a the new Oppo 93 and a digital steamer. I've narrowed it to 3 options.
Meridian G68 and HD621
MX-121 using HDMI switching
MX-120 for audio and sending video straight to TV from my sources
Thoughts?

I say MX-121....pretty big difference between the 120 and that....assuming you're using HDMI for everything. I'm not familiar with the Meridian models....
post #495 of 607
I have my MX-121 networked to my computer. When I try to access Pandora, I input my email address, password and then enter "OK". The screen briefly flashed "wait", but nothing happens. The MX-121 screen shows "OK", but I am unable to connect with Pandora. Can anyone suggest a fix for this? I'm assuming the MX-121 is not communicating with my network. If I try again, the MX-121 will be stuck on "OK".

Is there a way to reset the processor?

Thanks for your help.
post #496 of 607
Got this email today:


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Dear McIntosh Customer,

Please be advised that Pandora Internet Radio has recently altered certain connection requirements which have temporarily blocked our MX121 A/V Control Center from connecting to the Pandora service. Our engineers are currently working hard and will have a firmware update available as soon as possible to resolve this issue. This should not affect your product’s ability to receive other music streaming services.

As a temporary workaround, if you are using an iOS device with AirPlay, then you could make an AirPlay connection to your MX121, and use it to stream Pandora to the MX121.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Best,

McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.





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post #497 of 607
Thanks so much for this information. I was going crazy trying to access Pandora!
post #498 of 607
It looks like Rhapsody , LastFM ... are autoloaded in the european version of the Mx121. If there is a way to have them in the US version Please let me know... Now that Pandora is down we definitely need some kind of reliable streaming media....Serge
post #499 of 607
Hi guys,

I was thinking. When you autocalibrate, it goes through all your speakers. For me that have a 5.1 system, it measures FL,FR,C,SL,SR and SUB. And when it's done you have nice curves for room correction. But you only have five curves. FL,FR,C,SL,SR. There is no curve for SUB. Am I correct in assuming that there is no room correction for the subwoofer?
post #500 of 607
^^^

nope, you are incorrect... smile.gif it does eq the sub, it just doesn't show it to you...
post #501 of 607
Got this today...I don't use pandora on this, but some may:



Dear McIntosh Customer,

A new firmware update is available for the McIntosh MX121 so it can once again connect to the Pandora Internet Radio service. The update can be accessed and installed with the following menu sequence (the MX121 must be connected to the internet):

Menu > Manual Setup > Option Setup > Firmware Update > Check for Update > Update

The update will take about 10 minutes depending on internet speed. The unit will reboot itself upon completion of the install - please do not press any buttons until the install is complete.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Best,

McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.





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post #502 of 607
Thanks so much for the information regarding the firmware update. I've updated my MX-121 and am finally able to listen to Pandora again.

Happy Holidays!!!
post #503 of 607
Does anyone know if 4K support is something that might be able to be added in software, or would it basically require the introduction of a new model?

Yes, it's a future technology, but given 4K projectors/displays and sources already exist, along with devices like the Oppo 103 and 105 that upsample to 4K, it's no longer a moot point.
post #504 of 607
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Originally Posted by mpauline View Post

What amplifiers do you use with your MX-121?
I use the MC8207 with the MX121. I have 5.1 plus 2 channels for outdoor speakers. I am very pleased with both units.
post #505 of 607
I recently added an Oppo BDP-105 to my MX121/MC8207/Bowers&Wilkins (CM9) system. I'm very pleased with the system. I use the balanced analog inputs from the Oppo to the MX121 to listen to music and an HDMI input for BluRay movies, letting the MX121 decode DTS-HD Master or Dolby TrueHD.
post #506 of 607
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Originally Posted by BillJulyan View Post

I recently added an Oppo BDP-105 to my MX121/MC8207/Bowers&Wilkins (CM9) system. I'm very pleased with the system. I use the balanced analog inputs from the Oppo to the MX121 to listen to music and an HDMI input for BluRay movies, letting the MX121 decode DTS-HD Master or Dolby TrueHD.

You have a 11K in electronics for 3K speakers? biggrin.gif Is there a reason you got the Oppo and not the matching McIntosh player to complete the electronics trifecta?
post #507 of 607
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

You have a 11K in electronics for 3K speakers? biggrin.gif Is there a reason you got the Oppo and not the matching McIntosh player to complete the electronics trifecta?

The Bowers & Wilkins CM9's were the best speakers I could find that fit in the space provided for speakers in my stacked stone home theater wall. I had the wall built more than ten years ago when I was using Boston Acoustics VR40's.

I love the MX121 and MC8207, but from the research I did I didn't see any reason to get the MVP-891 over the Oppo BDP-105. None of the McIntosh dealers had an MVP-891 on display, although I have seen and heard earlier MVP models. The Oppo is great; the more I use it, the more I like it.
post #508 of 607
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Originally Posted by BillJulyan View Post

The Bowers & Wilkins CM9's were the best speakers I could find that fit in the space provided for speakers in my stacked stone home theater wall. I had the wall built more than ten years ago when I was using Boston Acoustics VR40's.
I love the MX121 and MC8207, but from the research I did I didn't see any reason to get the MVP-891 over the Oppo BDP-105. None of the McIntosh dealers had an MVP-891 on display, although I have seen and heard earlier MVP models. The Oppo is great; the more I use it, the more I like it.

Thanks, the CM9s are very nice, especially considering their size. Yeah, stepping up from there the models seem to get quite a bit larger. I'm turned off by the MVP-891 as I think the chipset it uses is already one generation behind. Still requires a fan for cooling.
post #509 of 607
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Originally Posted by BillJulyan View Post

The Bowers & Wilkins CM9's were the best speakers I could find that fit in the space provided for speakers in my stacked stone home theater wall. I had the wall built more than ten years ago when I was using Boston Acoustics VR40's.
I love the MX121 and MC8207, but from the research I did I didn't see any reason to get the MVP-891 over the Oppo BDP-105. None of the McIntosh dealers had an MVP-891 on display, although I have seen and heard earlier MVP models. The Oppo is great; the more I use it, the more I like it.
The Oppo-105 is an excellent unit. You made a wise choice.
post #510 of 607
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

Thanks, the CM9s are very nice, especially considering their size. Yeah, stepping up from there the models seem to get quite a bit larger. I'm turned off by the MVP-891 as I think the chipset it uses is already one generation behind. Still requires a fan for cooling.

Really on the MVP-891 chipset? Can you elaborate? In what ways is its chipset compromised in terms of optimal performance? I am curious.

I'm currently using an Oppo 95 with my MX-121 and was able to get an MVP-891 for a great price (I wanted another source component). The initial MVP unit I received had some cosmetic and other defects, even though new from the box. I sent it back and should receive a new one this week. While I had it (about two weeks), I found it to be better (I hesitate to say superior) than my Oppo-95 in some ways -- a fuller soundstage, a warmer sound. I felt this from an obviously defective unit. I look forward to putting a functioning unit through all the paces.

Mind you, I am not saying that my Oppo is bad, it's just that I noted subtle improvements with playback with the MVP-891. That said, given the price difference between the two (and the subsequent 105), I'm not sure it's worth 5x the price.
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