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McIntosh Laboratories traditionally introduces products with mature technology and superb performance, be they amplifiers, preamplifiers, processors, or in, this case, a universal A/V player. When you crack open the solid McCarton, you are already anticipating a great home entertainment experience. And, I am happy to report, the MVP 891 does not disappoint in most respects. This player has state-of-the-art onboard processors, offers balanced and unbalanced two-channel playback, and will spin virtually any silver disc alive. The USB port will allow high resolution playback from your computer provided that you have software up to the task. The only noticeable shortcomings are the remote unit’s small buttons with hard to read labels and a lack of video apps. However, these would be issues primarily for those without universal remotes (the McRemote could be readily cloned) or without smart TVs that are app-enabled. Make no mistake, this player is built like no other and, for members of the large A/V library club, look no farther, the MVP 891 will be your final destination.


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Old 05-01-2012, 05:26 PM
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Great to know the 891 does not disappoint. Has anyone done a/b comparisons with other players (881, Oppo)? I own the 881 and is probably one of the best piece of equipment I have in my movie theater room. I really want the 891 but I also have the Oppo BPD-93 just for 3D.

Here's a reply from Chuck Hinton:

"These two models are in different category of player.

MVP891 is 3D with newer feature like YouTube streaming and others and the quicker operation with advanced hardware.

MVP891 does not have the metal mechanism (in MVP881) and the top of line video processing chip with only one HDMI output.

The audio quality is about same on both units. For video and build quality, the 881 is the better player, for Audio they are about the same."
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Great to know the 891 does not disappoint. Has anyone done a/b comparisons with other players (881, Oppo)? I own the 881 and is probably one of the best piece of equipment I have in my movie theater room. I really want the 891 but I also have the Oppo BPD-93 just for 3D.

Here's a reply from Chuck Hinton:

"These two models are in different category of player.

MVP891 is 3D with newer feature like YouTube streaming and others and the quicker operation with advanced hardware.

MVP891 does not have the metal mechanism (in MVP881) and the top of line video processing chip with only one HDMI output.

The audio quality is about same on both units. For video and build quality, the 881 is the better player, for Audio they are about the same."
Well I had the pleasure of having an MVP881 in my system for three weeks earlier this year. Loved it!! Flawless performance and the sound. The only drawback is it really did load slow.

The MVP891 sounds like a winner too!!
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Great to know the 891 does not disappoint. Has anyone done a/b comparisons with other players (881, Oppo)? I own the 881 and is probably one of the best piece of equipment I have in my movie theater room. I really want the 891 but I also have the Oppo BPD-93 just for 3D.

Here's a reply from Chuck Hinton:

"These two models are in different category of player.

MVP891 is 3D with newer feature like YouTube streaming and others and the quicker operation with advanced hardware.

MVP891 does not have the metal mechanism (in MVP881) and the top of line video processing chip with only one HDMI output.

The audio quality is about same on both units. For video and build quality, the 881 is the better player, for Audio they are about the same."
Since you posted this first, I have heard the same thing exactly. I am sure the 891 is a fabulous player. I also have a seperate 3d Blu Ray Player, and a mac mini for music and streaming the internet on the big screen. As for the slow loading time I don't care. Every movie loads at a different rate anyway. Picture and sound are the most inportant things to me.
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Glad you are happy with the new 891. Enjoy!

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It's good to see that Mac has hit the bullseye with the 991. I hope they sell a lot of'em and that folks enjoy them. The price seems much more reasonable than the 881 and while not quite in the Oppo price range, folks interested in owning Mac gear should be more willing to shell out the difference for the pleasure of owning a McIntosh.
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The audio quality is about same on both units. For video and build quality, the 881 is the better player, for Audio they are about the same."[/QUOTE]

I don't understand? The older player is the better quality player? This raises many questions to me. I would have thought each new model is an upgrade from the last. Why does build quality suffer in the new unit? Is McIntosh losing interest in build quality over features?

So if I don't want 3D, get the MVP881?
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Cool review!
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"The audio quality is about same on both units. For video and build quality, the 881 is the better player, for Audio they are about the same."

I don't understand? The older player is the better quality player? This raises many questions to me. I would have thought each new model is an upgrade from the last. Why does build quality suffer in the new unit? Is McIntosh losing interest in build quality over features?

So if I don't want 3D, get the MVP881?

I'm still waiting delivery on the MVP891. Apparently it's a few days away. It may be a totally differenct animal to the MVP881. The package looks suspiciously similar to the Denon DBP2012UD. The Anchor Bay ABT2015 Hi-Bit video processor is the same & the plug layout is similar. If this is in fact mostly Denon, the question is whether the D/A, op-amps & power supply is McIntosh or Denon or derived from other Denon parts, say the former great Denon DVDA1UD.


The Denon DBP2012UD & DVDA1UD use:


4 x Burr Brown 32-bit/192kHz audio digital to analogue converters for 7.1 output
1 x Burr Brown 32-bit/192kHz audio digital to analogue converter for Stereo output

We know that there are 32 bit DACS in the MVP891 & we are told that there is some synergy with the technology in the MCD1100. But there is still no clarity on the full spec. Let's hope there are ESS ES9018 Sabre32 DACS in there, otherwise we could be looking at a Denon with a different facia.
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