*ADDING THIS UNDER MX160 OWNER'S THREAD*
Replacing McIntosh MX151. Deciding between MX160 and Lyngdorf MP50. Please help.
I'm stuck trying to decide whether to select the MP50 or MX160.
I have a "do all" system which is my 2 channel music and home cinema. I take both seriously.
Admittedly, I have grown a little frustrated with McIntosh - and was leaning towards the Lyngdord MP50 until Lyngdorf sent me this message:
"The MP-50 handles all BluRay formats available today + allows for HDR and Dolby Vision
If you want to connect a PlayStation 4 or similar console, the maximum video output is with a higher frame rate than the MP-50 can handle in its present configuration."
I'm not as technical as many audiophile - and I asked Lyngdorf to explain exactly what that means to me (no answers). Does it mean that my PS4 Pro still connects through the MP50 and delivers 4K but at slightly lower resolutions?? Could someone explain? Does the MX160 have the same constraint?
I also went a Processor that integrates seamlessly and decodes the best audio and video formats currently available (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, HDR10 et cetera).
I demoed the MX160 in my home a couple of years ago and at that point it did not work well with my components and ultimately the local dealer and McIntosh (after going back and forth) removed the unit as it really didn't give me much more than my MX151 was giving me. Chuck Hinton has indicated the software upgrades have resolves the issues. And he also said there is no MX170 coming any time soon.
The fact that the MP50 is all digital with no analog is not a concern for me. It also would not bother for my processor to not match amps (I don't foresee any issues with this other than cosmetics).
I'm hoping someone can explain the specific Pros and Cons of both units.
McIntosh MC303 (center and surround speakers)
McIntosh MC452 (front speakers)
Wadia 171i (2 channel music)
B&W HTM1 D3 Center Speaker
B&W 802 D3 Fronts
B&W 804 D3 Rear Surrounds
Two SVS SB16 Ulra Subwoofers