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MX134 A/V Control Center
MC206 6-Channel Power Amplifier
McIntosh Home Theater
McIntosh Home Theater
A/V Control Center
6-Channel Power Amplifier
Featured Technologies
24-BIT SIGNAL PROCESSING. The MX134 features one of the most powerful DSP engines ever.
A Motorola 24-bit DSP handles Dolby® Digital/Pro Logic, DTS®, THX® processing, and bass management.
THX SURROUND EX AND DTS ES. The latest 7.1 multi-channel formats are supported to reproduce the
Back Surround channel information. This produces the most convincing soundstage ever.
PRO LOGIC II DECODING FOR MOVIES AND MUSIC. Dolby’s latest technology improves the surround
imaging by providing separate surround channel information, as opposed to the mono surround channel
used in standard Pro Logic. For music, Pro Logic II allows full range reproduction from the surround speakers with no added delay.
HOME THX® CINEMA. The latest Speaker Position Time Synchronization and Decorrelation enhancements for Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II, and DTS optimize sound in rooms lacking proper speaker locations.
24-BIT CONVERSION. A 24-bit stereo A/D converter on the analog input and four 24-bit stereo D/A converters at the DSP output provide a 96kHz throughput sampling frequency.
PURE STEREO MODE. In Stereo Mode, analog signals bypass all DSP processors for the purest audiophile
sound. Digital signals of any type are down-mixed to a stereo output.
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TWO INDEPENDENT ZONES. By using the RECORD output and an additional power amp, a second zone
can be created with independent control of power, volume, and input selection via an IR sensor or keypad.
Zone B amp
Zone A (Theater)
OPTIONAL INTERNAL TUNER. The MX134 has provisions for adding the McIntosh TM1 AM/FM Tuner
Module. The module is a dealer-installed option.
AUTOMATIC INPUT LEVEL CONTROL. The analog input to the DSP features a circuit similar to the Power
Guard® used in McIntosh amplifiers. AILC continuously monitors input voltage and if overdrive occurs
reduces the input level, preventing distortion.
REMOTE SELECTION OF MODES AND TRIM SETTINGS. All surround modes and settings for speakers and
tone can be adjusted using the remote control from the listening position or by using the TRIM LEVEL knob
on the front panel.
ON-SCREEN SETUP. Speaker size selection, room calibration, sound enhancement features, and other system settings can be set from the listening position via remote control. Default settings are chosen to work
with McIntosh Home Theater speakers, allowing customers to get excellent performance right out of the box.
SYSTEM CALIBRATION. The MX134 has internal sequential channel switching and a special sound generator to aid in setting output levels for all speakers.
RE-ASSIGNABLE INPUT SELECTION. Any or all of the 11 A/V inputs can be re-assigned (e.g., change the
name TAPE2 to the name DVD2). Unused inputs can be turned off so that the Input knob skips over them.
All six digital inputs and component video inputs may also be assigned to any A/V source.
Zone B (Multiroom)
CONTROL DATA OUTPUTS. To facilitate system integration, the MX134 outputs control data for McIntosh
source components. This also allows remote operation of non-McIntosh components either by direct connection to compatible data inputs or via a McIntosh Remote Translator.
REMOTE POWER CONTROL. The MC206 receives power on/off data via its cable link to the MX134.
Power control jacks provide the same capability when the units are used independently.
RS232 PORT. In addition to connections for McIntosh keypads and other external IR sensors, the MX134
includes an RS232 port for use with popular touchscreen remote controls (e.g., Crestron® and AMX®).
SUPER-TRACKING VOLUME CONTROL. Level differences among channels in a stereo or surround system compromise sound imaging. The MX134 uses an electronic volume control with tracking accuracy better than 0.5dB for all eight channels.
All it takes is one cable to join the MX134 and the MC206 (or MC126)… and one more to link a home theater to a multizone system.
MX134/MC206 Companion Products
The McIntosh products shown at right are logical
companions for the MX134/MC206. Separate literature is available. Check with your McIntosh dealer for
late additions.
TM1 Optional Internal AM/FM Tuner. The dealerinstalled TM1 delivers the same exceptional performance as the stand-alone MR85 tuner.
MVP841 DVD/CD/Video CD Player. The MVP841
delivers crystal-clear DVD video and outputs 5.1 digital surround sound.
RCT4 Remote Translator. The Translator allows
non-McIntosh components to be operated with a
McIntosh IR remote or keypad controller. It connects
to the data outputs on the MX134.
PC4 AC Power Control. The PC4 provides six outlets (five switched) for turning non-McIntosh components on and off automatically when it is connected
to the power control output of the MX134.
HC1 Home Controller. The HC1 connects to the
MX134’s HOME data output and allows remote
operation of other home devices such as lights and
movie screens.
WK2, WK3, WK4 Keypad Controllers. These can
be used to operate Zones A and B of the MX134. In
addition, an RS-232 port makes the MX134 compatible with popular touchscreen remotes.
CR16 Multizone A/V Control Center. A single cable
connects the MX134 and the CR16, integrating a
McIntosh home theater and a multizone system. This
lets the two systems share one group of source
components, including the MX134’s optional TM1
AM/FM tuner.
Academy Series Loudspeakers. The Academy
speakers satisfy the often contradictory demands of
pure music versus movie sound. All McIntosh loudspeakers use the acclaimed LD/HP ® driver, which
significantly reduces bass distortion while increasing
power handling. The compact HT5 has a small footprint. The LS320 and CS350 feature arched bridge
truss construction that is virtually immune to vibrations that can distort sound. The tweeter plate in the
LS320 reduces edge diffraction cancellation. The
CS350 center channel speaker is sonically matched
to the LS320 and features five tweeters wired in a
Bessell Function Array that acts as a point source.
The WS320 is the wall-mount sibling of the LS320
and comes in a paintable white finish. At 400 watts,
the PS112 is McIntosh’s most powerful amplified
subwoofer. It features arched bridge truss construction and a black glass control panel. (All Academy
speakers are fully described in a separate brochure.)
Featured Technologies (cont’d.)
ACTIVE VARIABLE LOUDNESS COMPENSATION. Typical loudness circuits apply a fixed amount of compensation for listening at low volume. The MX134 includes a separate variable loudness control that
applies compensation proportionately. When off, the loudness circuit elements are completely removed
from the signal path.
COMPONENT VIDEO SWITCHING AND UP-CONVERSION. High-resolution DVDs demand high-quality
video switching. The MX134 handles composite, “S”, and component video signals. New Digital Video
Processing Circuitry will up-convert composite video to “S” video (Zones A and B) and composite and “S”
video to component video (Zone A only). Video buffer amps feed the two monitor video outputs, ensuring
no loss in picture quality.
EXCLUSIVE MCINTOSH POWER ASSURANCE SYSTEM. Power Assurance is a collection of technologies
that enhance performance and reliability and protect the MC206 and the loudspeakers.
Power Guard® clipping protection. Power Guard ensures that the amplifier will always deliver full power
without audible clipping distortion. If an amplifier channel is overdriven, Power Guard automatically
reduces the input volume just enough to keep distortion below 2%. Thanks to an optical resistor, Power
Guard acts quickly, producing absolutely no audible side effects. An amplifier with Power Guard will actually deliver clipping-free output well above its rated power.
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The patented McIntosh Power Guard in the
MC206 provides real-time clipping protection
without affecting power output or sound quality.
a. test signal b. overdriven amp without Power
Guard produces SEVERE clipping c. overdriven
amp with Power Guard produces minimal distortion.
Sentry Monitor® current protection. Sentry Monitor continually senses the voltage and current of the output
stage and confines it to a safe limit. Sentry Monitor does not limit power output.
Thermal Protection. If the cooling air is blocked and the power transistors become too hot,
thermal cutouts protect against overheating.
Turn-On Transient Protection. This circuit delays operation for about two seconds after turn-on in order to
avoid any pops or thumps generated as other equipment turns on.
Soft Start inrush protection. Thermistors in the power input circuit primary act as a cushion against inrush
current, eliminating component stress during turn-on. Soft Start is one of many design details that contribute to the remarkable longevity of McIntosh equipment.
ILLUMINATED PEAK-RESPONDING METERS. McIntosh meters respond 95% full scale to a single-cycle
tone burst at 2kHz. Response is more than 10 times faster than a professional VU meter. In the MC206, a
four-position switch selects the channels to be monitored by the three meters. When the MC206 and
MX134 are linked via the single cable connection, the correct meter mode is selected automatically when the
system is calibrated. The meter illumination can also be switched off.
MX134 A/V Control Center
MC206 6-Channel Power Amplifier
A/V Control Center
Single-cable connection to McIntosh MC206
6-Channel Power Amplifier
Single-cable connection to McIntosh CR16 Multizone
A/V Control Center (MX134 becomes “master” preamp)
24-bit DSP Dolby Digital®, Pro Logic, and DTS®
THX Surround EX and DTS ES
24-bit D/A converters
24-bit A/D conversion of analog source signals
THX® ULTRA certified
Home THX Cinema enhancements
Switchable dynamic compressor for “late night” Dolby Digital
Stereo Mode (no DSP) for 100% pure analog sound
Optional internal AM/FM tuner module (TM1) with the
RAA1 Remote AM Antenna
11 audio and video source selections with re-assignable naming
6 digital audio inputs (can create a digital processor loop)
with re-assignable naming
2 digital outputs (can connect to a CD recorder or
external processor)
2 component video inputs, 1 output
8-channel input for use with an external processor,
DVD-Audio, and SAC
Automatic Input Level Control (AILC)
Precision volume control
Active variable loudness compensation
Control data output for source components
Matched and buffered video switching
S-video and composite video connections with
composite-to-S converter
Automatic format switching for surround sources
Auto-memory recall of last mode setting for each input
Permanent (non-volatile) memory of all system settings
LED indicators for mode and speaker configuration
Internal signal source for system calibration
On-screen assistance for speaker size, room calibration,
sound enhancements, and other system settings
On-screen adjustable 8-speaker time delay (Speaker Position
Time Synchronization)
Remote control of all mode and trim settings for
easy setup and calibration
Independent listen and record selection
Dual-zone operation using record selection for Zone B
Independent remote control of Zones A and B
Keypad controller connections (also compatible with
Xantech sensors)
RS232 port for use with popular touchscreen controllers
Remote operation of lights, screens, and drapes with
McIntosh HC1 Home Controller
Remote power control
Gold-plated input and output jacks
Modular construction with steel chassis
Glass front panel with illuminated nomenclature
Infrared remote control with illuminated buttons
Six-Channel Power Amplifier for home theater systems
Single-cable connection to MX134 A/V Control Center
6 x 200 watts (4 ohms) or 6 x 120 watts (8 ohms)
Wide power bandwidth
Ultra-low distortion
Exclusive McIntosh Power Assurance System:
Power Guard® clipping protection
Sentry Monitor® current protection
Thermal Protection
Turn-On Delay
Soft Start inrush protection
Illuminated peak-responding wattmeters with four-position monitoring
switch and auto mode selection with MX134
Low-noise toroid power transformer
Remote power control
Gold-plated high-current output terminals
Fanless convection cooling
Modular construction with steel chassis
Glass front panel with illuminated nomenclature
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Pro Logic II, and the double-D
symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Surround EX is a jointly developed
technology of THX and Dolby Labs, Inc., and is a trademark of Dolby. Used under authorization.
Lucasfilm, THX, THX ULTRA, the THX logo, Re-Equalization, Re-EQ, Timbre Matching,
Decorrelation, Bass Management, and Loudspeaker Position Time Synchronization are registered trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd., and are manufactured under license from Lucasfilm Ltd.
DTS, DTS ES, Digital Surround, and Coherent Acoustics are registered trademarks of DTS
Technology LLC and are manufactured under license from DTS Technology LLC.
he latest surround-sound technologies promise the most convincing home theater experience ever. Once
again, McIntosh delivers on this promise with the MX134 Control Center. Loaded with the latest enhancements to Dolby® Digital and DTS®, the MX134 combines with the potent six-channel MC206 to deliver
movie sound and music with unequalled definition and soundstaging. The MX134 features the most powerful digital processing engine available for surround sound. Yet despite being the most advanced digital component ever produced by McIntosh, the MX134 is easy to set up and operate, handles audio and video signals in purist
fashion, and integrates elegantly with other McIntosh systems and components.
MX134 A/V Control Center
Maximum Voltage Output
Output Impedance
100 ohms
Frequency Response
Mono and stereo:
L,C,R channels (large speakers)
20Hz to 20kHz, +0 / -0.5dB
Music Surround Modes
L,C,R, LS, RS, BSL, BSR channels
20Hz to 20kHz, +0 / -0.5dB
Dolby Pro Logic II
L,C,R channels
20Hz to 20kHz, ± 0.5dB
LS, RS channels
20Hz to 6.3kHz, +1 / -3dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005% max. all channels from
20Hz to 20kHz
Input Sensitivity
Line level: 100mV
Dolby level: 200mV input
External processor ref. level:
200mV input
Maximum Input Signal
High level: 6V
S/N Ratio (A-Weighted)
> 90dB below ref. level
Note: Response is 20Hz to 20kHz in
Pro Logic II music mode.
Input Impedance
High level: 22k ohms
Dolby Digital, DTS, and Ext.
processor input:
L,C,R, LS, RS, LBS, RBS channels
20Hz to 20kHz, +0 / -0.5dB
Voltage Gain
High level to tape: 0dB
High level to main: 14dB
All modes:
Subwoofer channel, low pass
10Hz to 80Hz corner frequency
with 24dB per octave rolloff
Note: High pass rolloff is 12dB per octave
when using small speakers
Rated Voltage Output
Tone Controls
Bass and treble: ±12dB
Useable Sensitivity
14dB (1.4uV across 75Ω)
50dB Quieting Sensitivity
Mono: 19dBF (2.4uV across 75Ω)
Stereo: 35dBF (15uV across 75Ω)
SCA Rejection
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Mono: 75dB • Stereo: 70dB
20uV (ext. ant., 50Ω signal source)
Frequency Response
Mono: 20Hz to 15kHz, +0 / -1dB
Stereo: 20Hz to 15kHz, +0 / -1dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
48dB at 30% modulation
58dB at 100% modulation
Harmonic Distortion
0.3% @ 100Hz 0.45% @ 100Hz
0.3% @ 1kHz
0.45% @ 1kHz
0.3% @ 10kHz 0.65% @ 10kHz
Harmonic Distortion
0.5% maximum at 50% modulation
Intermodulation Distortion
Mono: 0.25%
Stereo: 0.45%
Adjacent Channel Selectivity
55dB minimum IHF
Frequency Response
50Hz to 6kHz NRSC
Capture Ratio
Image Rejection
65dB minimum from 540kHz
to 1600kHz
Alternate Channel Selectivity
IF Rejection
80dB minimum
Spurious Response Rejection
Power Requirements
120V 50/60Hz, 65W
Image Rejection
RF Intermodulation
Stereo Separation
45dB at 100Hz
50dB at 1kHz
35dB at 10kHz
Dimensions (h x w x d)
inch: 7.125 x 17.5 x 21
cm: 18.1 x 44.5 x 53.2
knob clearance: 0.75" (1.9 cm)
32.5 lbs. (14.8kg) net
53.5 lbs. (24.3kg) shipping
MC206 6-Channel Power Amplifier
Peak Output Current
> 25 amperes
RMS Power Output
200 watts (4Ω) or 120 watts (8Ω)
min. sine wave continuous avg.
output per channel with all
channels operating:
Output Load Impedance
8 or 4 ohms
Rated Power Band
20Hz to 20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005% max. at any level from
250mW to rated output from
20Hz to 20kHz
Intermodulation Distortion
0.005% maximum if instantaneous
peak output does not exceed twice
the output power rating
Dynamic Headroom
Input Sensitivity
1.0V (2.0V at gain control
center detent)
A-Weighted S/N Ratio
92dB below rated output
Wide Band Damping Factor
200 (8 ohms); 100 (4 ohms)
Power Requirements
120V 50/60Hz, 11A
Dimensions (h x w x d)
inch: 7.062 x 17.5 x 20
cm: 17.9 x 44.5 x 50.8
57 lbs. (25.9kg) net
76 lbs. (34.5kg) boxed
Input Impedance
10k ohms
Power Guard®
THD does not exceed 2% with up
to 14dB overdrive at 1kHz
Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz, +0 / -0.25dB
10Hz to 100kHz, +0 / -3.0dB
McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., 2 Chambers Street, Binghamton, New York 13903
tel (607) 723–3512 • U.S. toll-free (888) 979–3737 • fax (607) 772–3308 •
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