To those on the fence with upgrading to the 170...
Upgraded to the 170, did a substantial update to the Sony 5000 projector and got a new Nvidia Shield Pro 2019 at around the same time. All I can say is the synergy between the 170, the FW updated 5000 and the Shield Pro (as opposed to the 2017 model) is night and day. The higher bandwidth (18 gbps) and very late gen 18 gbps chipset in the 170 not only passes through a better picture, but a higher bandwidth stream from the new Shield. My WireWorld Silver Starlight 6 12 meter hdmi cable is still limited to 10.2 gbps cable, but I have vastly more colorspace/Hz options to choose from with the trio in place. The Auto colorspace switching between the three is finally working flawlessly. Far more user friendly now and makes my previous setup look broken in comparison. My hdmi cable (with its limitations) has never worked better, and as such, I will hold onto a bit longer as it’s limitations don’t seem as glaring now or problematic.
The 170 also runs significantly cooler now, which is great for the longevity of the unit. Clearly there is much improved, more powerful and efficient silicon under the hood. The sound of course is that great McIntosh sonic signature, but a bit better/more refined. No complaints at all. On top of all this, if you need additional discrete channel speaker output, then it’s a very nice and worthy upgrade. Well done McIntosh and Lyngdorf.
Last edited by G-Rex; 12-01-2019 at 06:42 AM.