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McIntosh MX123: 8K upgrade, including onboard upscaling and new features

McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 70 years, is proud to announce an 8K-compatibility upgrade for the McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor.

Launched in October 2019 with 4K/60 Hz compatibility, all new MX123 A/V Processors shipping from the McIntosh factory starting in September 2021 will support 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120 Hz video resolutions and refresh rates. The MX123 will also be able to upscale lower resolutions to 8K. The upgrade is in line with McIntosh’s philosophy of continuous product improvement; the 4K version is no longer available.

The MX123 benefits from 10 HDMI inputs and outputs; one of the inputs and two of the outputs will have 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120Hz support (all 10 will continue to support 4K/60 Hz). The three HDMI ports that are 8K/60 Hz- and 4K/120 Hz-compatible, will also offer many other advanced features including: Quick Media Switching (QMS); Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM); Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

All 10 HDMI ports support HDCP 2.3; Rec. 2020; 4:4:4 colour spacing; Dynamic Lip-sync; and 3D Video pass-through, and all 10 will also now support a myriad of high-dynamic-range formats such as HDR (static HDR); Dynamic HDR; HDR10+; HLG; and Dolby Vision (including low latency).

In addition to the video upgrades, the MX123 will continue to offer an impressive list of audio capabilities: 13.2 audio channels; Dolby Atmos (including Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer); DTS:X Pro; Auro-3D; Sony’s 360 Reality Audio; MPEG-H Audio; IMAX Enhanced; eARC/ARC; Apple AirPlay 2; Bluetooth; Spotify Connect and Audyssey MultEQ XT32.

To facilitate integration into home automation systems, it also has ‘Connects with Control4’ certification from Control4 and ‘Works with Crestron Home’ certification from Crestron.

Price and availability

The MX123 8K units will start shipping from the McIntosh factory to their global dealer network beginning in September 2021. Orders can now be placed with Authorised McIntosh dealers. The 4K version of the MX123 is no longer available from McIntosh. £10,495

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