McIntosh MX180 AV processor: 8K and HDR up to 15.1 audio

McIntosh introduced the MX180 audio/video processor, which combines “the latest technological advances with a simplified setup program“. McIntosh MX180 compatible with 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz on all of its seven HDMI ports (five inputs and two outputs) – and each supports HDCP 2.3, 4:4:4 Color, Rec. 2020, dynamic lip sync and 3D video transmission.

On two HDMI outputs, the device will be able to output both the same image from one of the inputs, and two different ones – from two inputs to choose from. At the same time, one of the HDMI outputs supports ARC in normal and extended versions.

McIntosh MX180 AV processor

Automatic Low Latency Mode

In addition, the MX180 received support for Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Fast Frame Transfer (QFT), and Fast Media Switching (QMS). The processor also runs at a variable refresh rate (VRR). As for HDR modes, in addition to static, Dynamic HDR, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision (including low latency) are supported.

The McIntosh MX180 based audio system can be configured up to 15.1 or 9.1.6 with 16 balanced XLR audio outputs. The system works with 3D surround sound including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro as well as Auro-3D.

Moving Magnet phono input

Among the many digital and analog inputs and outputs on the rear panel of the MX180, there was even a place for a moving magnet phono input. The novelty was equipped with RoomPerfect room correction technology. There is also a two-channel Zone B output, and if you need the simplest sound adjustment, there are bass and treble controls.

McIntosh MX180 AV processor

It’s all wrapped up in McIntosh’s signature design, with a black glass front panel, familiar control knobs, an illuminated logo, and heavy-duty aluminum plates on the sides of the case.

McIntosh MX180 AV processor rear panel

Availability and price

The release of McIntosh MX180 in the US and Canada is promised in February 2022 – then the MX180 supply geography will expand. The MSRP for the McIntosh MX180 audio/video processor is $17,000 in the US.

McIntosh MX180 AV processor Specifications

  • Multi-Channel Outputs Balanced 15.1
  • Multi-Channel Inputs Unbalanced 7.1
  • Stereo Inputs Balanced 2
  • Stereo Inputs Unbalanced 5 (including 1 Moving Magnet Phono)
  • Stereo Outputs Unbalanced 1 (Zone B)
  • Digital Coaxial Input 3
  • Digital Coaxial Output 1 (Zone B)
  • Digital Optical Input 4
  • AES/EBU Balanced Input 1
  • HDMI Input 5
  • HDMI Output 2
  • USB 2 Type A and 1 Type B for digital audio (2.0, 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous)
  • Subwoofer 2 Output 4 auxiliary outputs
  • Network Connection 1
  • Additional Zone Outputs Zone B: Analog and digital audio outputs
  • Advanced Connections Ethernet Web interface and firmware update, IP-based control