I could be 100% wrong on this as I have not followed the MX170 at all but is it still based on the Lyngdorf? To my understanding McIntosh added a good ADC to previous versions but everything gets converted to digital for processing. Honestly don’t know if there is an analog only path.Getting frustrated with my AV40. I have three ideas bouncing around if I sell my AV40. Notice upfront, I have an extensive vinyl collection, many of which aren’t available for streaming. Therefore a good analogue front end is useful even though I have a separate 2 channel system in a different room. Due to that I’ve ended up removing the Lyngdorf’s and Monoprice from my list. While my wife watches movies I listen to music and watch the news more.
While the Arcam smokes my previous Denon AVR-X7200WA for subjective sound, I miss the bulletproof operability and reliably of D&M. I owned a Denon for nearly 15 years and had a grand total of one issue. That said I’m debating a Marantz AV8805. Price wise I could sell the Arcam and basically but the Marantz, so a wash on cost. That’s option 1.
The second option is way more money, but a proven project. My dealer, who is awesome, feel bad about all the issues with the Arcam. He’s offering me a very, very good deal on a JBL SDP-75, which I’ve auditioned and is awesome but is beyond my ability to set up properly myself. So on top of it costing several multiples of what I can get on the used market for my AV40, I’d have to shell out some decent cash for professional setup.
The third option is also quite a bit of money, but less than the SDP-75. Its the new McIntosh MX170. I hate paying money for a name, but the features seem solid for both music and movie.
The rest of the system consists of a Sony OLED and JVC pj with an AT drop down as a dual screen setup, my VPI Prime Sig/Sutherland 20/20, an Auralic Aries streamer, a Zappiti Pro 4K and NASRip, an ATV4K, an OPPO UDP-203, and a PS4. The speakers are all JBL Synthesis and Revel, SCL-2’s, SCL-4’s for surrounds, and 5 Revel C763L’s for Atmos/DTS:X/Auro. Amps are ATI N-Cores for the mains and a Rotel for the Atmos heights. Subs are 4 x DeepSea Sounds Mariana 18s passive powered off a SpeakerPower SP2-12000, Asa front and rear pair each, and Seaton SubMersive HP’s as near field set up as a front/mid/rear setup. I have a MiniDSP 2x4HD if needed to use with the Marantz.
The room is a basement multimedia room that is also acoustically treated.
So, thoughts were you’d go and why if you were me? The Mac and JBL would have to wait a bit for me to save up some extra cash due to other projects going on. The Marantz I could do tomorrow.
I could also wait and hope for the AV40 to get it together, but the various, and changing, issues make it so my family doesn’t even want to use the system half the time and watch stuff off iPads. Which kills me spending as much as I did.
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