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McIntosh Announce 8K Upgrade for MX123 AV Processor

Binghamton, NY – September 8, 2021 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 MX123 A/V Processor.

Since it was launched in October 2019, the MX123 has become a must have audio and video processor for countless home theaters. It launched with 4K/60Hz compatibility, but as technology has progressed and as McIntosh adheres to its philosophy of continuous product improvement, all new MX123 A/V Processors shipping from the McIntosh factory starting in September 2021 will support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video resolutions and refresh rates. The MX123 will also be able to upscale lower resolutions to 8K. Of its 10 HDMI inputs and outputs, one of the inputs and two of the outputs will have 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz support (all 10 will continue to support 4K/60Hz). The three HDMI ports that are 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz 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 of the HDMI ports support HDCP 2.3; Rec. 2020; 4:4:4 color 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 these exciting 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.

Pricing and Availability
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 Authorized McIntosh dealers. The 4K version of the MX123 is no longer available from McIntosh.

Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $8,500 USD.

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Audio & Video Calibration – Why it is Required?

Most people are under the impression that whatever configuration of Audio & Video components that they have purchased, they will be delivering the experience right out of the box once they are installed. That there is no need for any sort of tinkering with the said equipment as it should be all done with by the manufacturers themselves. The truth is that each component that is selected by the end user is never calibrated to a set parameter due to the designer’s of the individual components not knowing the details of the end users specific rooms where their components are going to be installed, thereby it is next to impossible for an end user to expect that they will be getting the desired AV pleasure that they have dreamed of without getting the same calibrated by experienced & knowledgeable calibration experts. Unfortunately, the majority of these end users do not believe in the calibration process thereby missing out on the accuracy & clarity of the AV components for which they have spent a tidy sum of money! Most of these end users suffer from ear fatigue & in extreme cases do no enjoy the experience for which they have invested in due to absence of the desired calibration of the entire installation.

Content creators of movies, music, sports broadcast etc., have put in a lot of efforts to provide the entire experience to the end user, which unfortunately most of the end users do not realize, nor experience as desired.

The end users are under the impression that their respective dealers/system integrators, have done the necessary optimization of the set up that they have installed, but it is very rare that the same takes place as they a) haven’t been paid by the customer to do the needful or b) do not have the relevant experience & knowledge base to do the same.

Each component of a set up has certain criteria that needs to be factored in for calibration as the results vary for any installation right from when it is new, to having had certain amounts of ‘burn-in’ achieved by the number of hours the entire set up has been in operation. Hence the calibration is extremely critical & invaluable in achieving the desired levels of performance from the set up.

We at hifihunt.com have now established a team of professionals to do the needful, to not only ensure that the results of an individuals set up is optimised either from the beginning or subsequently get involved post installation of a setup done by others. Listed below are the Services Rendered for Residential & Commercial Installations:

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Clearaudio Concept Black Available At a Special Price

Clearaudio Concept Turntable with a black on black finish is currently available with us at a special price. For more details please contact: dave@hifihunt.com

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New Distribution Partner for Clearaudio & Inakustik in India

M/s. Innovative Information Technology have been appointed as the exclusive distribution company for CLEARAUDIO ELECTRONIC GMBH & in-akustik GmbH & Co. for India.

Contact us for pricing & other info.

We look forward to receiving review material as and when the pandemic situation improves.

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Smart Home Expo 2019 – Bengaluru

The second international exhibition and conference on Home Automation, IOT, Smart Home Technology and Home Automation will be taking place on the 14th & 15th of December 2019, at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation (KTPO) Convention Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru. We are the media partners for the same and are eagerly looking forward to the 2nd edition of the same. Based on the fantastic organisation of the 1st edition that took place in Mumbai, during the month of May this year and subsequent enormous response received for the same, we are surely going to see the bar set higher with this one and hope that the exhibition grows from strength to strength, with the co-operation from the industry biggies and that of the target audience.

To book your stall/booth/exhibition area or for any further information, we request you to contact us at the earliest.

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Sonus faber’s new creation – Minima Amator II Launched at Munich High End 2019

THE PROJECT – BECAUSE THERE IS NO FUTURE WITHOUT A PAST

Some products are not meant to be tied to a singular historical moment. Electa Amator III and Minima
Amator II were born with this concept in mind and together give life to the Heritage collection from
Sonus faber. Paying homage to its past through classic design, while strongly breaking through the
barrier of time with an electro-acoustic point of view, the Heritage collection transmits the tradition of
the brand and enhances its artistic relevance.
Because there is no future, without a past.
The natural evolution of today’s Sonus faber, is enclosed in this new creation. Minima Amator II is the
restatement of a fundamental product first introduced in 1992 when the company was establishing key
principles that would go on to guide future productions: accurate design and high-quality natural
materials, combined to obtain a sound reproduction as natural as possible.
THE DESIGN
Inspired by 36 years of worldwide experience in the Audio High-End sector, Minima Amator II merges
the brand’s iconic style with innovative technology bringing to life the fundamentals of high-end Italian
craftsmanship to create musical instruments.
The new Minima Amator II is a creation clearly dedicated to music reproduction with a lifestyle aesthetic
that effortlessly lends itself to any environment.
The compact, solid walnut wood of the cabinet adds to the speaker’s sound quality, resulting in a
harmonious, smooth and consistent listening experience. The cabinet is embellished by a thin brass
insert at the base, reminiscent of the elegant Electa Amator III design.
The front baffle shows the iconic shape of the Voice of Sonus faber and is covered in leather. The rear
panel, also covered in leather, houses the exit of the reflex duct and is embellished by the brass binding
posts.
The Minima Amator II was intended to be a bookshelf speaker but is designed to be paired with the Carrara Stand (natural completion of Electa Amator III) or with the Unicum stand.

ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS – TINY BUT MIGHTY

Minima Amator II is a 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker system; a simple project that features the patents
and technological solutions that characterize the latest Sonus faber creations:
• A 28 mm silk dome Tweeter, implemented with the DAD – Damped Apex DomeTM technology, for
a clear high frequency reproduction.
• The “Paracross topologyTM” crossover design, for the best dynamic range and highly defined
musical detail;
• A 6-inch midwoofer, developed in the Vicenza-based laboratory, features the well-known
cellulose pulp and natural fibers cone on a die-cast aluminum basket, able to reveal even the
smallest details during music reproduction

RETAIL PRICE

The suggested retail price for the pair of loudspeakers is 4.000€ (VAT included)

MARKET AVAILABILITY

Minima Amator II will be available in European markets in June and in North American and Asian markets in July of 2019.