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Old 09-12-2017, 10:01 PM
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For a cheap solution that will also generate 5.1 surround, try the MAC-3. There are newer and better DACs around, but one can pick up a MAC-3 for $500 or so on the used market.
As to using the 150 or 151, while these have room perfect (on all channels) they have no provision for bi-amping speakers. If you anticipate doing that, you will need the MEN220, since it includes provision for bi-amping. BUT - MEN220 is strictly two channel.
I am not familiar with all input options on your current front end gear, but if you go with the MAC-3 you will need some way to handle 5.1 inputs to get surround sound - which is going to require additional power amps and speakers.
Another option is the MHT200. Digital and analog inputs, 7.1 built in, with power amps built in. All in one unit. The big drawback to the MHT200 is that is has no output transformers ("autoformers" per McIntosh) on the power amps.
But - for pure quality of sound, I echo the recommendation for C1000T.
But when you want 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound to have the sound quality of the C1000T, or something similar, along with your MC501s, you are talking about megabucks.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:09 PM
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I guess my question should be this: A person currently has 2 MC501 amps, a MCD100, a MDA1000, a MS750 and a C1000C/T. They now want to add 5.1 surround capability (just for casual and occasional movies via DirecTv, Blu Ray Disc via a McIntosh MVP 891 or via Amazon Fire TV)...without any compromise of their current "reference" 2 channel set up. That is key here being without compromise of the 2 channel set up and they are on a major budget to add this 5.1 capability. Their next step/need would then be to add 3 more MC501 (or similar amps) to handle center, left rear and left right for their 5.1 desires. Next step would be to add a center speaker and a left and right rear speaker and finally a powered sub. But the real FINAL Step is to figure out how to add a McIntosh branded unit that adds simple 5.1 capability without compromising the "reference" 2 channel system they originally had in place.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:21 AM
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I use a McIntosh MX 151 that, when turned on, puts the McIntosh C500t into bypass mode, turns on the MC 2301 running the center channel, the MC 602 that runs the surrounds, the subwoofer amp, and the projector. I use a Logitech remote programmed with activities like "Listen to Vinyl" which turns on only the 2 channel rig, or "Watch a Movie" which turns on everything. I think this is the best way to combine a 2 channel setup with 5.1. The MX 151 is now dated, but does sound terrific for movies and the occasional multichannel SACD.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:34 AM
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I use a McIntosh MX 151 that, when turned on, puts the McIntosh C500t into bypass mode, turns on the MC 2301 running the center channel, the MC 602 that runs the surrounds, the subwoofer amp, and the projector. I use a Logitech remote programmed with activities like "Listen to Vinyl" which turns on only the 2 channel rig, or "Watch a Movie" which turns on everything. I think this is the best way to combine a 2 channel setup with 5.1. The MX 151 is now dated, but does sound terrific for movies and the occasional multichannel SACD.
Ok, that sounds like exactly what I need to do then, including the remote to make it more wife friendly. Now, is the mx151 THAT much better than a mx121 for my simple needs? The price difference is the cost of a single mc501!
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:28 PM
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IMO for a normal 5.1 system the MX 121 leaves very little on the table compared to the 151. I wanted the Lyngdorf Room Perfect system, so MX 151 it was. Since neither does Atmos and DTS X, not to mention 4K, they are declining rapidly in value, so it may depend on who is dealing.
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Nottingham Dais with Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation
SurfacePro 3, JRiver, WW Starlight Platinum USB, Benchmark DAC3 HGC

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