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Mcintosh MX160 A/V Processor Owner's Manual
McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.
2 Chambers Street Binghamton, New York
MX160
A/V Processor
Owner’s Manual
13903-2699 Phone: 607-723-3512
www.mcintoshlabs.com
Important Safety Information is supplied in a separate document “Important Additional Operation Information Guide”
Thank You
Customer Service
Your decision to own this McIntosh MX160 A/V
Processor ranks you at the very top among discriminating music listeners. You now have “The Best.” The
McIntosh dedication to “Quality,” is assurance that
you will receive many years of musical enjoyment
from this unit.
Please take a short time to read the information in
this manual. We want you to be as familiar as possible with all the features and functions of your new
McIntosh.
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need of repair, you can return it to your Dealer. You
can also return it to the McIntosh Laboratory Service
Department. For assistance on factory repair return
procedure, contact the McIntosh Service Department
at:
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Binghamton, New York 13903
Phone: 607-723-3515
Fax: 607-723-1917
Introduction to the Setup Mode.................................... 17-18
Setup Functions:
Please Take A Moment
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Technical Assistance
If at any time you have questions about your McIntosh
product, contact your McIntosh Dealer who is familiar
with your McIntosh equipment and any other brands
that may be part of your system. If you or your Dealer
wish additional help concerning a suspected problem,
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products at:
McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.
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Binghamton, New York 13903
Phone: 607-723-3512
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Table of Contents
Safety Instructions............................................................... 2
(Separate Sheet).............................Important Additional
Operation Information Guide
Thank You and Please Take a Moment...............................2
Technical Assistance and Customer Service.......................2
Table of Contents.................................................................2
Trademark and License Information...................................3
General Information............................................................4
Connector and Cable Information.......................................5
Introduction and Performance Features..............................6
Dimensions..........................................................................7
Installation...........................................................................8
Connections:
Rear Panel Connections.......................................................9
Connections Diagram (Separate Sheet).................. Mc1A
Zone A Input Connections................................................ 10
Connection Diagram (Separate Sheet)................... Mc2A
Zone A 5.1 thru 7.1 Output Connections........................... 11
Connection Diagram (Separate Sheet)....................Mc2B
Zone A 5.1.4 thru 7.1.4 Output Connections..................... 11
Connection Diagram (Separate Sheet)................... Mc3A
MX160 Zone B Output Connections.................................12
Connection Diagram (Separate Sheet)....................Mc3B
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Push-buttons and How to use the Remote Control......14-15
Front Panel:
Front Panel Displays, Controls and Push-buttons............. 16
Diagram (Separate Sheet)........................................Mc1B
Setup Mode:
Source Setup Menu.................................................... 19
Speaker and Room Setup Menu........................... 20-22
Video Setup Menu................................................ 23-24
Audio Setup Menu..................................................... 25
Zone B Setup Menu................................................... 26
System Configuration Setup Menu...................... 26-27
Manage Software Setup Menu.................................. 27
RoomPerfect................................................................................ 28
Operation:
How to Operate the MX160..........................................30-35
Trim Functions:
Voicing...................................................................32-33
Bass........................................................................32-33
Treble......................................................................32-33
VFD Level..............................................................32-33
Multi-View.............................................................32-33
Lip Sync.................................................................32-33
Amp Light..............................................................32-33
Trim Center............................................................32-33
Trim LFE................................................................32-33.
Trim Surrounds......................................................32-33.
Room Perfect..........................................................32-33
Surround Mode and Display Mode.................................... 34
Microprocessor Reset......................................................... 35
How to Operate Zone B................................................36-37
Advanced Setup and Operation....................................38-39
Auxiliary Output and Electronic Crossover................ 40-41
Additional Information:
Specifications....................................................................42
Packing Instruction............................................................43
Trademark and License Information
Trademark and License Information
The McIntosh MX160 incorporates copyright protected technology that is protected by U.S. patents and
other intellectual property rights. The MX160 uses the
following Technologies:
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License Information
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License Information
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HIGH-DEFINITION MULTIMEDIA INTERFACE
HDMI, the HDMI Logo and High-Definition
Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered
trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United
States and other countries.
Manufactured under license from Lyngdorf Audio
A/S. ROOMPERFECT is a registered trademark and
the ROOMPERFECT logo is a trademark of Lyngdorf
Audio A/S. (C) Lyngdorf Audio A/S 2009.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, and the
double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
For DTS patents, see http://patents.dts.com.
Manufactured under license from DTS, Inc. DTS,
the Symbol, DTS in combination with the Symbol,
DTS:X, and the DTS:X logo are registered trademarks
or trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and/or
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Manufactured under license under U.S. Patent
Nos: 5,956,674; 5,974,380; 6,226,616; 6,487,535;
7,212,872; 7,333,929; 7,392,195; 7,272,567 & other
U.S. and worldwide patents issued & pending. DTSHD, the Symbol, & DTS-HD and the Symbol together
are registered trademarks & DTS-HD Master Audio is
a trademark of DTS, Inc. Product includes software. ©
DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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General Information
General Information
1. For additional connection information, refer to the
owner’s manual(s) for any component(s) connected to the MX160 A/V Processor.
2. The Main AC Power going to the MX160 and
any other McIntosh Component(s) should not
be applied until all the system components are
connected together. Failure to do so could result
in malfunctioning of some or all of the system’s
normal operations. When the MX160 and other
McIntosh Components are in their Standby Power
Off Mode, the Microprocessor’s Circuitry inside
each component is active and communication is
occurring between them.
3. Sound Intensity is measured in units called Decibels and “dB” is the abbreviation.
4. LFE (Low Frequency Effects) refers to the Dolby
Digital or DTS sound channel dedicated to sound
effects (such as explosions) and is usually reproduced by the Subwoofer.
5. The MX160 processes Dolby Atmos, DTSX and Auro 3D Soundtracks. With these new
soundtracks there are additional discrete channels of sound present. In this Owner’s Manual the
number of channels are referred to as follows:
Number of
Subwoofer Channels
Number of
Ear Level Channels
Number of
Overhead Channels
7.1.4
6. The advanced Digital Sound Processing Circuitry
in the MX160 can output up to 12 discrete channels simultaneously, not including the four additional Subwoofer Outputs (Left and Right Front,
and Left and Right Rear); for a total of sixteen
channels.
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7. When discarding the unit, comply with local rules
or regulations. Batteries should never be
thrown away or incinerated but disposed
of in accordance with the local regulations
concerning battery disposal.
8. The MX160 Owner’s Manual and supplied
Separate Information Sheets are also available in
electronic form (PDF) for download. Find them
and additional information on the MX160 and
other McIntosh Products by visiting the McIntosh
Web Site at www.mcintoshlabs.com.
9. MX160 is a two Zone Product (Zone A and Zone
B). This allows two different Audio Sources to be
available simultaneously for two separate rooms.
The Zone B Audio Stereo Output (which provides a two channel down mix from multichannel
sources) may also be used to provide an Audio
Signal for recording purposes, instead of an Audio
Signal to a second room. For more information
contact your McIntosh Dealer or McIntosh Technical Support.
10. The Zone A and Zone B IR Inputs, with 1/8 inch
mini phone jacks, are configured for non-McIntosh IR sensors such as a Xantech Model DL85K
Kit. Use a Connection Block such as a Xantech
Model ZC21 when two or more IR sensors need to
be connected to the MX160.
11. Setup Mode operations should be performed in
the order they appear in the Main Setup Menu
presented, as some adjustments are interactive.
12. In order to hear bass frequencies below 80Hz,
your system must include either a Subwoofer or
Large Front Loudspeakers.
13. The MX160 has built-in Digital Video Processing Circuitry to upconvert lower resolution Video
Signals to 4K Video Resolution.
14. HDMI Cable lengths between source components
and the MX160 should not exceed 25ft (8.3m). If
there is need to use HDMI Cables longer than 25ft
(8.3m) a high quality inline HDMI Buffer/Converter would be required for reliable digital signal
transmission via the HDMI Connections.
15. Use the MX160 HDBT OUT (HDBT is an HDMI
extender to squeeze uncompressed HDMI Signal
over one Ethernet CAT6 cable up to 70m long)
when the Cable length between the MX160 and
the Monitor/TV needs to exceed 25ft (8.3m) in
length.
16. The MX160 is designed to pass through a 3D
Digital Video Signal from a source component
to a 3D TV/Monitor via the HDMI Connections.
It is extremely important the HDMI cables used
for connections meet or exceed the HDMI High
Speed Cable Standards for proper 3D Video
Playback.
17. The Remote Control supplied with the MX160
A/V Processor is capable of operating other components. For additional information go to www.
mcintoshlabs.com.
18. When the MX160 and a PC Computer are connected to the same ethernet network, the Web
Interface built into the MX160 becomes available.
This allows Operational Control and Setup Mode
Functions, for the MX160, to be available on the
PC Computer for changes and adjustments. It
requires the latest version of the Internet Browser
(Firefox, etc.) to be installed on the PC. For additional information refer to “Advanced Operation
and Setup” on pages 38-39.
Connector and Cable Information
Connector and Cable Information
XLR Connectors
Below is the Pin configuration for the XLR Balanced
Output Connectors on the MX160. Refer to the diagrams for connections:
PIN 1: Shield/Ground
PIN 2: + Signal
PIN 3: - Signal
PIN 1
PIN 2
PIN 2
PIN 1
RS232 DB9 Connector Pin Layout
1. N/C
6. N/C
2. Data In (RXD)
7. N/C
3. Data Out (TXD) 8. N/C
4. N/C
9. N/C
5. Gnd.
Power Control (Trigger) Connectors
The MX160 Power Control (Trigger) Output Jacks
send Power On/Off Signals when connected to other
Components. An additional
Power
connection on the Main Power
Control
Control Jack is for controlling
Meter
the illumination of the Power
Illumination
Control
Output Meters on McIntosh
Ground
Power Amplifiers. A 3.5mm
stereo mini phone plug is used for connection to the
Power Control (Trigger) Outputs on the MX160.
Microphone XLR Connectors
Below is the Pin configuration for the Microphone
Connector on the MX160. Refer to the diagram for connections:
PIN 1: Shield/Ground
PIN 2: Signal
PIN 2
PIN 1
PIN 3
PIN 3: +8.9VDC
PIN 3
PIN 3
Data Output and IR IN Port Connectors
The MX160 Data Out Ports send Remote Control Signals to McIntosh Source CompoData
nents. A 3.5mm stereo mini phone
Signal
plug is used for connection.
N/C
The IR IN Port also uses a 3.5mm
Data
Ground
stereo mini phone plug and allows
the connection of other brand IR
IR Data
Receivers to the MX160.
Control
N/C
Ground
Note: The use of a RS232 Crossover Cable or Crossover Adapter may be required.
Ethernet Cable - Crossover Connections
Pin Number - Wire Color Pin Number - Wire Color
1. Orange/White
→
1. Green/White
2. Orange
→
2. Green
3. Green/White
→
3. Orange/White
4. Blue
→
4. Blue
5. Blue/White
→
5. Blue/White
6. Green
→
6. Orange
7. Brown/White
→
7. Brown/White
8. Brown
→
8. Brown
Pin 8
Pin 1
Pin 1
Pin 8
Ethernet RJ45 Socket
1. Transmit Data (+) 5. N/C
2. Transmit Data (-) 6. Receive Data (-)
3. Receive Data (+) 7. N/C
4. N/C
8. N/C
Ethernet Cable - Straight Thru Connections
Pin Number - Wire Color Pin Number - Wire Color
1. Orange/White
→
1. Orange/White
2. Orange
→
2. Orange
3. Green/White
→
3. Green/White
4. Blue
→
4. Blue
5. Blue/White
→
5. Blue/White
6. Green
→
6. Green
7. Brown/White
→
7. Brown/White
8. Brown
→
8. Brown
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General Information, Cable Information, Introduction and Performance Features
Introduction
The MX160 A/V Processor sets the standard of
excellence in a Home Theater System. The MX160
provides superior multichannel reproduction, RoomPerfect correction, the latest in digital audio decoding
and digital video conversion circuitry.
Performance Features
• HDMI Audio/Video Switching with UpConversion Processing
There are eight HDMI Inputs with Digital Video Conversion Circuitry with scaling of the video input signal
from 480p up to 2160p 4K Video Resolution.
• Input Selection
There are 7 Analog Audio Inputs (one eight channel),
8 Digital Audio Inputs and 8 Digital Video Inputs.
The MX160 has the ability to add 64 phantom Inputs
which can be titled and matched in level, so there are
no abrupt changes in volume levels between the different Inputs. Any unused input can be “turned off” so
the input selector will skip over it.
• Balanced Audio Inputs and Outputs
Two pair of Balanced high level Inputs and sixteen
channel Balanced Outputs allow long cable lengths
without a loss in sound quality.
• Moving Magnet Phono Input
There is a Precision Phono Preamplifier for Moving
Magnet Cartridges.
• Digital Audio Decoders
The MX160 also provides built-in decoding of the
latest Digital Audio Signal Audio/Video Formats
from Dolby, DTS and Auro 3D. These include Dolby
Atmos, Dolby True HD, DTS-X, DTS Master HD and
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Auro 3D Sound. It can also decode Dolby Upmixer,
DTS Neo:X and Cinema, Music and Game. Digital
Audio Streaming via the USB PC Input Streaming includes processing Digital Audio Signals up to 192kHz
with 24Bit resolution.
• Dual Zone
The MX160 has the built-in ability to control a separate remote audio/video zone with program selection
independent of Zone A, using a dedicated power
amplifier and speakers.
• On-Screen and Multifunction Fluorescent
Displays
A comprehensive On-Screen Display capability makes
it easy to perform setup and operational adjustments
using the Remote Control. The front panel display
indicates input selection, volume levels, and other
operating functions.
• Fiber Optic Solid State Front Panel Illumination
The Illumination of the Glass Front Panel is accomplished by the combination of custom designed Fiber
Optic Light Diffusers and extra long life Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). This provides even Front Panel
Illumination and is designed to ensure the pristine
beauty of the MX160 will be retained for many years.
• LED Channel Status Indicators
The MX160 includes multiple LEDs on the Front
Panel to indicate what type of operating signals are
being received, signal processing mode and the output
format chosen.
• Power Control (Triggers) and Full Function Remote Control
The Power Control (Triggers) provides convenient
Turn-On/Off of components connected to the MX160.
The Remote Control Push-buttons provide complete
control of the MX160 operating functions.
• RoomPerfectTM Automatic Measurement
The RoomPerfect Automatic Measurement System
provides precise adjustment of Loudspeaker Volume
Levels, Time Delay and Equalization for all channels.
Supplied Calibrated Microphone with stand/boom
allows for the multiple room measurements for precise
adjustments.
• Digitally Controlled Audio Trim Functions
Audio Trim functions include Bass, Treble and Voicing (equalzation) adjustments, provide a wide range
of tone shaping with no loss in traditional McIntosh
sonic excellence.
• Machined Side Panels
The sides of the MX160 are machined from thick aluminum panels with a smooth black finish.
• Special Power Supply
The Power Supply has Multiple Regulators to ensure
stable noise free operation even though the power line
varies.
Dimensions
Dimensions
The following dimensions can assist in determining
the best location for your MX160.
Front View of the MX160
17-1/2"
44.5cm
HDMI 1
Neutral
12%
7-1/8"
18.1cm
7-5/8"
19.4cm
Side View of the MX160
16-1/2"
41.9cm
14-1/2"
36.8cm
3/16"
0.5cm
6-9/16"
16.7cm
Rear View of the MX160
17-1/8"
43.5cm
13/16"
2.1cm
6-3/8"
16.2cm
10-9/16"
26.8cm
2"
5.1cm
1-15/16"
4.9cm
13 -1/4"
33.7cm
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Installation
Installation
The MX160 can be placed upright on a table or
shelf, standing on its four feet. It also can be custom
installed in a piece of furniture or cabinet of your
choice. The four feet may be removed from the bottom
of the MX160 when it is custom installed as outlined
below. The four feet together with the mounting
screws should be retained for possible future use if the
MX160 is removed from the custom installation and
used free standing. The required panel cutout, ventilation cutout and unit dimensions are shown.
Always provide adequate ventilation for your
MX160. Cool operation ensures the longest possible
operating life for any electronic instrument. Do not
install the MX160 directly above a heat generating
component such as a high powered amplifier. If all
the components are installed in a single cabinet, a
quiet running ventilation fan can be a definite asset in
maintaining all the system components at the coolest
possible operating temperature.
A custom cabinet installation should provide the
following minimum spacing dimensions for cool
operation.
Allow at least 2 inches (5.1cm) above the top, 2
inches (5.1cm) below the bottom and 1 inch (2.5cm)
on each side of the Preamplifier, so that airflow is not
obstructed. Allow 20 inches (50.8cm) depth behind the
front panel. Allow 1-7/16 inch (3.7cm) in front of the
mounting panel for knob clearance. Be sure to cut out
a ventilation hole in the mounting shelf according to
the dimensions in the drawing.
17-3/16"
43.66cm
HDMI 1
Neutral
6-9/16"
16.67cm
Cutout Opening for Custom Mounting
Cabinet
Front
Panel
MX160 Side View
in Custom Cabinet
Cutout Opening for Ventilation
Support
Shelf
2-1/4"
5.72cm
Chassis
Spacers
9-1/8"
23.18cm
MX160 Bottom View
in Custom Cabinet
15"
Cutout 38.10cm
Opening
for
Ventilation
1-1/16"
Note: Center the cutout Horizontally 2.70cm
on the unit. For purposes of
clarity, the above illustration
is not drawn to scale.
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12%
MX160 Front Panel
Custom Cabinet Cutout
12-5/16"
31.27cm
15"
38.10cm
Rear Panel Connections
Rear Panel Connections
The identification of Rear Panel Connections for the
MX160 A/V Processor is located on a separate folded
sheet contained in the Owner’s Manual Packet.
Refer to separate sheet “Mc1A” for the Rear Panel
Connections.
MX160 A/V Processor Rear Panel
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MX160 Zone A Input Connections
MX160 Zone A Input Connections
The MX160 has the ability to automatically switch
power On/Off to Source Components via the Power
Control (Trigger) connections. The Data Port Connections allow for the remote operation of basic functions
of McIntosh Source Componets using the MX160
Remote Control. With an external sensor(s) connected,
remote control operation of the system is possible.
The Zone A connection instructions below, together with the MX160 Input Connection Diagram located
on the separate folded sheets “Mc2A”, is an example
of a typical Home Theater System. Your system may
vary from this, however the actual components would
be connected in a similar manner. For additional information refer to “Connector and Cable Information”
on page 6.
Note: The following source component and sensor connections made to the MX160 are using the default
settings starting on page 19. To make changes to
the default settings proceed to Setup Mode starting on page 17.
Power Control Connections:
1. Connect a Control Cable from the MX160 POWER CTRL (Control) A (Zone A) Jack to the Power
Control Remote In Jack on the Turntable.
2. Connect a Control Cable from the Turntable
Power Control Remote Out Jack to the Streaming
Audio Player Trigger In Jack.
3. Connect a Control Cable from the Streaming Audio Player Trigger Out Jack to the AM/FM Tuner
Power Control In Jack.
4. Connect a Control Cable from the AM/FM Tuner
Power Control Out Jack to the Audio/Video Disc
Player Power Control In Jack.
5. Connect a Control Cable from the Audio/Video
Disc Player Control Out Jack to the Media Bridge
PWR CTRL (Power Control) In Jack.
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6. Connect any additional McIntosh Components in
a similar manner, as outlined in steps 1 thru 5.
7. Connect a Control Cable from the Media ServerPWR CTRL (Power Control) Out Jack to Power
Amplifier One Power Control In Jack.
Data Control Connections:
8. Connect a Control Cable from the MX160 DATA
OUT 1 Jack to the Media Server Data In Jack.
9. Connect a Control Cable from the MX160 DATA
OUT 2 Jack to the Audio/Video Disc Player Data
In Jack.
10. Connect a Control Cable from the MX160 DATA
OUT 3 Jack to the AM/FM Tuner Data In Jack.
11. Connect any additional McIntosh Components in a
similar manner, as outlined in steps 8 thru 10.
IR In Connections:
12. Optionally, connect the Control Cable from the
Zone A External Sensor to the MX160 IR IN A
(Zone A) Jack.
Note: Refer to page 5 for information on compatible Sensors and page 6 for Cable/Connection
information.
13. Optionally, connect the Control Cable from the
Zone B External Sensor to the MX160 IR IN B
(Zone B) Jack.
Analog Audio Connections:
14. Connect Balanced Cables from the MX160 BALanced IN 1 Jacks to the Media Center Audio
Output Balanced Jacks.
15. Connect Audio Cables from the MX160 PHONO
Jacks to the Turntable Out Jacks.
Digital Audio Connections:
16. Connect a Digital Coaxial Cable from the MX160
DIGITAL INPUT 6 Coaxial Connector to the AM/
FM Tuner Digital Coaxial Output Connector.
17. Connect a Digital Optical Cable from the MX160
DIGITAL INPUT 7 Optical Connector to the
Streaming Audio Player Digital Optical Output
Connector.
HDMI Connections:
18. Connect a HDMI Cable from the MX160 HDMI
INPUT 1 Connector to the Satellite Receiver
HDMI Out Connector.
19. Connect a HDMI Cable from the MX160 HDMI
INPUT 2 Connector to the Media Server HDMI
Out Connector.
20. Connect a HDMI Cable from the MX160 HDMI
INPUT 3 Connector to the Audio/Video Disc
Player HDMI Out Connector.
Ground Connections:
21. Connect a Ground Cable from the MX160 GND
Binding Post to the Turntable GND Binding Post.
Computer/Network Connections:
22. Using a CAT 5/6 Ethernet Cable, connect the
cable from the Network Router/Switch to the NET
1 (Network) connector on the Rear Panel of the
MX160.
Note: If there is no Network Router/Switch available,
a computer may be connected to the MX160
Network Connectors NET 1 by using an Ethernet Crossover cable/adapter. Refer to “Connector and Cable Information” on page 6.
Proceed to Zone A Output Connections on the next
page.
MX160 Zone A Output Connections
MX160 Zone A Output Connections
The MX160 has the ability to automatically switch
power On/Off to a Power Amplifier via the Power
Control (Trigger) Connections.
The connection instructions below, together with
the MX160 Zone A Output Connection Diagram
located on the separate folded sheet “Mc2B” (an
example of a typical 5.1 thru 7.1 Channels using three
Power Amplifiers) and separate folded sheet “Mc3A”
(an example of a typical 5.1 thru 7.1.4 Channels using two additional Power Amplifiers) Home Theater
System. Your system may vary from this, however the
actual components would be connected in a similar
manner. For additional information refer to “Connector and Cable Information” on page 5.
Note: The following component connections made to
the MX160 are using the default settings. To make
changes to the default settings proceed to Setup
Mode starting on page 17.
5.1 THRU 7.1 CHANNEL CONNECTIONS:
Power Control Connections:
1. Connect a Control Cable from the Media Server
Power Control OUT Jack to the Power Control In
Jack on Zone A Power Amplifier One.
Note: Refer to separate folded sheet “Mc2A” and
page 11 step 7 for additional information.
2. Connect a Control Cable from Zone A Power Amplifier One Power Control Out to Zone A Power
Amplifier Two Power Control In Jack.
3. Connect a Control Cable from Zone A Power Amplifier Two Power Control Out 1 to Zone A Power
Amplifier Three Power Control In Jack.
4. Connect a Control Cable from Zone A Power Amplifier Three Power Control Out 1 to the Powered
Subwoofer Power Control In Jack.
5. Connect any additional McIntosh Components in a
similar manner, as outlined in steps 1 thru 4.
6. Connect a Control Cable from the Zone A Power
Amplifier Three, Power Control Out 2 Jack to
Zone A Power Amplifier Four Power Control In
Jack (used in a 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 Channel System).
Analog Audio Connections:
7. Connect Balanced Audio Cables from the MX160
LF (Left Front Channel), C (Center Channel) and
RF (Right Front Channel) to Zone A Power Amplifier One Inputs 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
8. Connect Balanced Audio Cables from the MX160
LS (Left Surround Channel) and RS (Right Surround Channel) to Zone A Power Amplifier Two
Inputs Left and Right respectively.
9. Optional, connect Balanced Audio Cables from
the MX160 LRS (Left Rear Surround Channel)
and RRS (Right Rear Surround Channel) to Zone
A Power Amplifier Three Inputs Left and Right
respectively.
10. Connect a Balanced Audio Cable from the MX160
LFE (Low Frequency Effects, also referred to as
a “Subwoofer Out”) to the Powered Subwoofer
MONO Input.
HDMI Connections:
11. Connect a HDMI Cable from the MX160 HDMI
OUTPUT 1 Connector to the Zone A TV/Monitor
HDMI Input connector.
Notes: 1. When the system is either a 5.1 or 7.1 Channel Home Theater System proceed to step
16. If the Home Theater System consists of
5.1.4 or 7.1.4 Channels proceed to step 12.
2. When Zone B (Audio/Video in another
room) on the MX160 will be utilized, proceed to page 12 for information on making
the needed additional connections after all
the Zone A Power Amplifier connections
are completed.
5.1.4 THRU 7.1.4 CHANNEL CONNECTIONS:
Power Control Connections:
12. Connect a Control Cable from Zone A Power Amplifier Three Power Control Out 2 Jack (or Zone
A Power Amplifier Two Power Control Out 2) to
the Power Control In on Zone A Power Amplifier
Four.
13. Connect a Control Cable from Zone A Power
Amplifier Four Power Control Out Jack to Zone A
Power Amplifier Five to Power Control In Jack.
Analog Audio Connections:
14. Connect Balanced Audio Cables from the MX160
LTF (Left Top Front Channel) and RTF (Right Top
Front Channel) to Zone A Power Amplifier Four
Inputs Left and Right respectively.
15. Optional, connect Balanced Audio Cables from the
MX160 LTR (Left Top Rear Channel) and RTR
(Right Top Rear Channel) to Zone A Power Amplifier Five Inputs Left and Right respectively.
Proceed to Zone B Output Connections on the next
page when MX160 Zone B will be utilized. If Zone
B will not be used at this time perform step 16
below:
AC Power Cords Connections:
16. Connect the MX160 and any remaining components’ AC Power Cords to a live AC outlet.
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MX160 Zone B Output Connections
MX160 Zone B Output Connections
In a typical MX160 two Zone Audio/Video System,
Source Components can share the same Power Control
(Trigger) and Data Port Connections. The two Zones
in the MX160 share the same Audio/Video Input Connections.
The MX160 Zone B Input Connection Diagram
(located on the separate folded sheet “Mc3B”) is an
example of a typical Zone B Second Room System.
Your system may vary from this, however the actual
components would be connected in a similar manner.
For additional information refer to “Connector and
Cable Information” on page 5.
Note: The following connections made to the MX160
are using the default settings. To make changes to
the default settings proceed to Setup Mode starting on page 17.
Power Control Connections:
1. Connect a Control Cable from the MX160 POWER
CTRL (Power Control) B OUT Jack to the Power
Control In on Zone B Power Amplifier One.
2. Connect any additional Components in a similar
manner, as outlined in step 1.
Analog Audio Connections:
3. Connect Audio Cables from the MX160 Zone B
OUT - L (Left Channel) and R (Right Channel) to
Zone B Power Amplifier Left and Right respectively.
Video Connections:
4. Connect a HDMI Cable from the MX160 HDMI
OUTPUT 2 Connector to the Zone B TV/Monitor
HDMI Input connector.
AC Power Cords Connections:
5. Connect the MX160 and any remaining components’ AC Power Cords to a live AC outlet.
Proceed to Remote Control Push-buttons on
page 14.
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HR085 Remote Control Push-Buttons
LEDs illuminate during the time a remote command
is sent and when programming the remote control
Select the DEVICE to issue a remote
control command to
SETUP (Shift) Push-button
used to select a function with
blue color nomenclature
Selects AM Tuner Operating Functions (when connected to a McIntosh), also Track Selection on certain
McIntosh CD Players
Press the Trim Push-button and then the
LEVEL UP Push-button to select and adjust
various functions. MENU is used with McIntosh Models displaying choices on a video
screen.
Activates the TRIM Mode. GUIDE is
used with McIntosh Models displaying
instructions on a video screen.
Press the Trim Push-button and then the
LEVEL DOWN Push-button to select and
adjust various functions. INFO is used with
McIntosh Models displaying information on
a video screen.
Press to Power the amplifier ON
Use to select tuner presets, direct access an AM/FM Station Frequency,
disc tracks or any numbered operation
Press to Power the amplifier OFF
Direct access to stored Tuner PRESETS when
used with the numeric Push-buttons (0 thru 9)
Selects FM Tuner Operating Functions (when connected to a McIntosh), also Track Selection on certain
McIntosh CD Players
Use p and q to tune Up or Down the AM/FM
Dial, use u and t for the next or previous HD
Radio Program (McIntosh HD Tuner)
EXIT is used with McIntosh Models displaying
information or choices on a video screen
Used to SELECT/Enter the indicated choice
Press to change broadcast bands on a
connected Tuner. Select certain functions
on a variety of McIntosh Models
Scrolls through the available INPUTS
Mutes the audio
Selects transport functions of STOP,
PLAY/PAUSE, RECORD, BACK for
the previous-selection, FAST-REVERSE, FAST-FORWARD and NEXT
for the next selection
Adjusts the VOLume level up or down
Selects Next Tuner Station PRESET
Tuner scans Up the dial to
SEEK the next Station
Selects Previous Tuner Station PRESET
Tuner scans Down the dial
to SEEK the next Station
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Note: Push-buttons whose function is not identified
above are for use with other McIntosh Products.
How to use the HR085 Remote Control
How to use the Remote Control
The supplied MX160 Remote Control (HR085) is
capable of directly controlling the functions of contemporary McIntosh Source Components connected to
the MX160 via the Data Ports.
Notes: 1. If at any time the MX160 seems unresponsive
to HR085 Remote Control Commands, press
the
DEVICE Push-button to select
first.
2. For additional information on using the
HR085 Remote Control with the McIntosh
Model, please refer to the “How to Operate”
starting on page 30.
3. For additional information on assigning the
Data Ports, refer to “How to Setup” starting
on page 17.
Trim
Press the TRIM Push-button until the desired Trim
function (Balance, Trim Level, etc.) appears on the
MX160 Front Panel Display, then press the LEVEL
Up or Down Push-button to adjust the Trim setting.
Note: Press the TRIM Push-button to recall the last Trim
function selected. For additional information on
using the Trim Functions refer to “How to Operate” page 32.
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Front Panel Display, Controls, and Push-buttons
Front Panel Display, Controls,
and Push-buttons
The identification of the MX160 A/V Processor Front
Panel Display, Controls, and Push-buttons is located
on a separate folded sheet contained in the Owner’s
Manual Packet. Refer to separate sheet “Mc1B”.
HDMI 1
Neutral
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Introduction to the MX160 Setup Mode
Introduction to the MX160 Setup Mode
The McIntosh MX160 has been factory configured for
default operating settings, allowing immediate enjoyment of superb audio and video without the need for
further adjustments. If you wish to make changes, a
Setup Feature is provided to customize the settings.
To assist in navigating the TV/Montior Setup (Installer) On-Screen Menus, please refer to the MX160
Menu separate folded sheets “MX160-Menu-1 thru
Menu-11”. These separate sheets are contained in the
Owner’s Manual Packet.
Note: When the MX160 is connected to a computer
network, along with a Computer using a Windows WEB Browser, will provide access to
MX160 Setup (Installer) and Operation Modes
the via the IP Address Assigned by the network
to the MX160. For additional information, refer
to page 38.
1. The MX160 has a Rear Panel Main Power rocker
type switch. This switch removes all AC Power
from the MX160 circuitry. It is useful to remove
AC Power when the unit will not be used for an
extended period of time,
during lightning storms
or AC Power outages.
Referring to figure 1, the
HDMI 1
rocker switch is12%
placed
Neutral
in the OFF
position
Figure 1
when shipped from the
factory. Place the Main Power rocker switch to the
ON position. The Front LED located above the
STANDBY ON Push-button should
now be illuminated. Refer to figure
2.
2. Press the STANDBY ON Pushbutton on the Front Panel or press
the
(Power ON) Push-button on
Figure 2
the Remote Control to switch On the
MX160. The MX160 will go through a brief startup initialization with the Front Panel Information
Display briefly indicating “McIntosh, MX160”
followed by the last used source and volume setting. Refer to figures 3 and 4.
McIntosh
MX160
Figure 3
HDMI 1
Neutral
Figure 4
12%
3. Press the SET UP Push-button on the MX160
Front Panel or the SETUP Push-button on the
Remote Control. The Front Panel Information will
now indicate “INSTALLER MENU” and the TV/
MONITOR will display the MX160 “McIntosh
Setup (Installer) Menu”. Refer to figures 5 and 6.
Installer Menu
Figure 5
Setup Menu,
Main Selections
Figure 6
4. The Setup Menu provides access to the MX160
Default Settings and the ability to change them for
your Home Theater System:
1. Source Input settings
2. Speaker and Room settings
2. Video Processing settings
3. Audio Processing settings
4. Zone B settings
5. System configuration
6. Manage software
Adjustments and Setting changes
All of the adjustments and settings are performed by
using the extensive On-Screen Setup Menu System.
The On-Screen Setup Menuing System is interactive.
The ability to change a menu item setting or have
access to a menu item setting, is dependent on the
operational state of the MX160 and the choices made
in other menu items. Some menu choices require more
than one step to complete.
1. Press the SETUP Remote Control Push-button, to
enter the Setup Mode. The Front Panel Information Display will indicate the “Installer Menu”.
Refer to figure 5.
2. Navigating thru and making changes to the Setup
Menus are performed by using the HR085 Remote
Control directional Up  or Down , Left  or
Right u, SELECT and the SETUP Push-buttons.
The MX160 Front Panel Navigation Up  or
Down  ADJUST Push-Buttons, Left  or Right
u NAVIGATE Push-Buttons and the SELECT
Push-button may also be used.
The following example will illustrate how to navigate
through the built-in MX160 SETUP Mode and the
multiple On-Screen Setup Menus. Occasionally, it
may become necessary to return the MX60 to default
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Introduction to the MX160 Setup Mode,
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settings after major changes are made to the equipment of your Home Theater System. Follow the steps
below on how to activate a “A Reset to Factory Default
Settings”.
1. Press the SETUP Push-button on the Remote Control and the Main Setup Menu will appear on the
Monitor/TV screen. Refer to figure 7.
Menus will appear. Refer to figure 9.
5. Press the Right u Directional Push-button to
Highlight the “Start factory reset”. Refer to
figure 11.
Figure 9
Figure 7
4. Select “Factory reset” by using the Down 
Directional Push-button on the Remote Control.
Refer to figure 10.
2. Select “Manage software” by using the Down 
Directional Push-button on the Remote Control.
Refer to figure 8.
Figure 8
3. Press the Right u Directional Push-button on the
Remote Control and the “Manage software” sub18
Figure 10
Figure 11
6. To implement the return to Factory Default Settings for the MX160, press the SELECT Pushbutton. If you do not want to reset the MX160 at
this time, press the SETUP Push-Button to exit the
MX160 SETUP Mode.
For the vast majority of MX160 Owners, the Default
Settings and Suggested Component Connections are
all one needs for full enjoyment of movies and music.
The MX160 Setup Mode has a number of additional
options for your Home Theater System. Usually, your
McIntosh Dealer and/or Custom Installer uses these
additional capabilities. The navigation and selection
methods previously illustrated also apply to the remainder of Setup Mode Settings on the next page.
If not, proceed to “How to Operate the MX160” starting on page 30.
Settings
SOURCE SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
Create a New Source
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 2, “Create new source”
Note: After a new Source Input and its settings have been entered, select the "Accept" icon push-button by pressing the SELECT push-button on the Remote Control
Source name
●Blank
Up to 27 characters long
Press SELECT to use the built-in keyboard, select "CLOSE" to exit
Volume offset
●0.0dB
-20dB to +20dB
Press SELECT, then use directional Left  or Right u, to enter value
Default (audio) postprocessing ●Dolby Upmixer
Choose one of 9 choices
Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value
Video input
Choose one of 9 choices
Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value, HDMI Internal
●None
will display On-Screen the McIntosh Logo when Audio Only Inputs are selected
IR command
●None
Note: Contact your Dealer for assistance in selecting the IR Command Settings
Lipsync offset
●0ms
0-223ms
Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value
Audio input
●None
Choose one of 19 choices
Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value
Data out
●None
Choose one of 4 Data Ports
Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value
Default voicing
●Neutral
Choose one of 9 choices
Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value
Trigger out
●None
Before a choice can be made, the System configuration "Trigger out setup" needs to be setup first, refer to page 27 and
MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 9. Press SELECT, then use directional Up  or Down , to enter value
Edit Existing Sources
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 2, “Edit” source
Follow the above “Create a new Source” Selection, Option(s) and Description for altering the existing Source Inputs and their default settings
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 2, “Arrange” source
Arrange Sources
Follow the On-Screen instructions for changing the order of appearances for selection of the used MX160 Inputs without deleting the non-used Inputs to shorten the time it takes to
select the desired input using the INPUT Control and/or the REMOTE CONTROL INPUT  or  Push-button
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 2, “Delete” source
Delete Sources
Follow the On-Screen instructions for Deleting MX160 Inputs shorten the time it takes to select the desired input using the INPUT Control and/or the REMOTE CONTROL
INPUT  or  Push-button
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Speaker and room SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
Edit Speaker configuration
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 3, “Speaker and Room Menu - Part #1”
Speaker setup:
(Identification listed
below are from the OnScreen Graphic Icons)
Select “Edit configuration” to identify the number of loudspeakers and their position in the Home Theater Room
Notes: The square/rectangle symbols On-Screen with a solid white color outline indicates an active Loudspeaker in that position and a dashed outline
Indicates no Loudspeaker at that position. Solid gray fill indicates selected Loudspeaker position. Press the SELECT Push-Button to change
Options
Loudspeaker Sizes:
XXL - Loudspeaker response down to 20Hz (-3dB), reproduces Low Frequencies from all channels set to L, M, S, or XS. It also reproduces the LFE
information when there is no Subwoofer
XL - Loudspeaker response down to 20Hz (-3dB), reproduces Low Frequencies from all channels set to L, M, S, or XS when there is no
Subwoofer. It also reproduces the LFE information when there is no Subwoofer
L - Loudspeaker response down to 40Hz (-3dB)
M - Loudspeaker response down to 80Hz (-3dB)
S - Loudspeaker response down to 100Hz (-3dB)
XS - Loudspeaker response down to 120Hz (-3dB)
Custom - Manual setting of Low Frequency Cutoff, Gain and Use natural roll-off
HL
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Height Left Position (above ear level)
HC
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Height Center Position (above ear level)
HR
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Height Right Position (above ear level)
Sub L
●None
Sub size (high pass filter) 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz,
Subwoofer Front Left Position
LFE filter settings - 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz,
200Hz, 250Hz, 310Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz
160Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 800Hz, Custom (Sub
size, LFE low pass filter, Gain)
LW
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Left Front Width Loudspeaker
L
L
●Large Left
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Main Front Left Loudspeaker
L
C
●Large Center
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Main Front Center Loudspeaker
L
R
●Large Right
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Main Front Right Loudspeaker
RW
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
Right Front Width Loudspeaker
Sub R
●None
Sub size (high pass filter) 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz,
Subwoofer Front Right Position
LFE filter settings - 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz,
200Hz, 250Hz, 310Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz
160Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 800Hz, Custom (Sub
size, LFE low pass filter, Gain)
Sub LFE
●80Hz
Sub size (high pass filter) 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz,
160Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 800Hz, Custom (Sub
size, LFE low pass filter, Gain)
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DESCRIPTION
Main Subwoofer Front Position
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MENU ITEM
Edit Speaker configuration
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 3, “Speaker and Room Menu - Part #1”
L
LS
●Large Left Surround
L
RS
●Large Right Surround
Sub LR
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom, Main Left Surround Loudspeaker
Dolby enabled speaker
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom, Main Right Surround Loudspeaker
Dolby enabled speaker
Sub size (high pass filter) 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz,
160Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 800Hz, Custom (Sub
size, LFE low pass filter, Gain)
Subwoofer Left Rear Position
LFE filter settings - 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz,
200Hz, 250Hz, 310Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz
L
LRS
●Large Left Rear
CB
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom
L
RRS
●Large Right Rear
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom, Main Right Rear Surround Loudspeaker
Sub RR
●None
Surround
Surround
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom, Main Left Rear Surround Loudspeaker
Dolby enabled speaker
Center Rear Surround, when the Loudspeaker Setup is 6.1 Channels
Dolby enabled speaker
Sub size (high pass filter) 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz,
160Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 800Hz, Custom (Sub
size, LFE low pass filter, Gain)
Subwoofer Rear Right Position
LFE filter settings - 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz,
200Hz, 250Hz, 310Hz, 400Hz, 500Hz, 630Hz, 800Hz
Ceiling speakers
LTF
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Left Top Front Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
RTF
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Right Top Front Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
HLS
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Height Left Surround Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
LTM
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Left Top Middle Loudspeaker
TOP
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Top Ceiling Center Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
RTM
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Right Top Middle Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
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MENU ITEM
Edit Speaker configuration
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 4, “Speaker and Room Menu - Part #2”
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HRS
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Height Right Surround Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
LTR
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Left Top Rear Loudspeaker
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
RTR
●None
Speaker size, gain, natural roll-off, custom (Sub Right Top Rear Loudspeaker
Verify speakers
To verify all of the Loudspeakers choices made during the On-Screen “Edit Speaker configuration” settings are connected correctly, SELECT “Start”
size, High Pass filter, Gain)
and a test tone will be sent to each of the Loudspeakers one at a time. The On-Screen Display will indicate which Loudspeaker the test single should be
coming from, if necessary use the VOL  or  Push-button so the test tone can be heard
Adjust Sub
To verify the Subwoofer (LFE) Loudspeaker is set to a correct volume level, SELECT “Start” and a test tone will be sent to the Front Left Loudspeaker
to act as a reference for adjusting the Subwoofer (LFE) Loudspeaker volume level. Follow the On-Screen instruction
Room Perfect Initial
Setup
Measure and enter the distances (inches or centimeters ) between each of the Home Theater Loudspeakers and the main viewing/listening position/loca-
Run Room Perfect
Setup
After performing Speaker Configuration, the next step is to implement Room Perfect’s Acoustic Measurement and Correction. Following the instruc-
tion in the Home Theater Room. Then activate the “Save distances”
tions starting on page 28
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 5, “Speaker and Room Menu - Part #3”
Channel Gain
After performing the Room Perfect Acoustic Measurement and Correction of your Home Theater Loudspeakers and Room, the “Channel Gain” option
provides the ability to change the volume level of any channels during playback of a movie and save the change so it can be recalled the next time that
movie is played
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VIDEO SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
Video Output
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 6, “Video Setup Menu”
The MX160 has five separate Video Outputs which allow for different types of utilization. The HDBT Output allows for extremely long cable run between the MX160 and a TV/
Monitor located in another room (refer to General Information note 15 on page 4 for additional information). The four HDMI Outputs allow two different types of video capabilities. One video capability is where four TV/Monitors provide a super large four segment wall display image with up to 1080P resolution (each monitor displays one quarter
of the total video image). The second video capability is where the five (or less) HDMI Outputs of the MX160 are all connected to four (or less) HDMI Inputs on the same TV/
Monitor. This allows the TV/Monitor (and/or its Remote Control) to select any one of the four Video Sources without changing Input Selection on the MX160 which could be
playing an Audio Source Input at the same time. It also would allow for different Video/Audio settings (Resolution, Audio Outputs) for each of the four HDMI Sources connected to the TV/Monitor
Note: For additional MX160 HDMI Output Control Capability, contact your McIntosh Dealer for assistance.
Set the Main Video Output
Preferred resolution, Video source, Audio out
HDMI 1 Output
HDMI 2 Output
HDMI 3 Output
HDMI 4 Output
HDBT Out
●None (default)
Preferred Resolution - (determinded by MX160 selected Input Source)
●Independent
Video Source - Main (determinded by selected Input Source)
●Passthrough (default)
Audio Out - Passthrough (determinded by MX160 selected Input Source)
●None (default)
Preferred Resolution - None, 720p, 1080p or 2160p
●Independent (default)
Video Source - Follow Main, HDMI 1 thru HDMI 8
●Passthrough (default)
Audio Out - Off, Passthrough (MX160 selected Input Source), or Zone B Audio
●None (default)
Preferred Resolution - None, 720p, 1080p or 2160p
●Independent (default)
Video Source - Follow Main, HDMI 1 thru HDMI 8
●Passthrough (default)
Audio Out - Off, Passthrough (MX160 selected Input Source), or Zone B Audio
●None (default)
Preferred Resolution - None, 720p, 1080p or 2160p
●Independent (default)
Video Source - Follow Main, HDMI 1 thru HDMI 8
●Passthrough (default)
Audio Out - Off, Passthrough (MX160 selected Input Source), or Zone B Audio
●None (default)
Preferred Resolution - None, 720p, 1080p or 2160p
●Independent (default)
Video Source - Follow Main, HDMI 1- HDMI 8
●Passthrough (default)
Audio Out - Off, Passthrough (MX160 selected Input Source), or Zone B Audio
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MENU ITEM
Video Input
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 6, “Video Setup Menu”
HDMI 1 thru HDMI 8
1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i 50Hz
●One
Never, Always, All
1080p/1080i/720p/480p/480i 60Hz
●One
Never, Always, All
1080p 24/25/30Hz
●One
Never, Always, All
2160p 24/25/30Hz
●One
Never, Always, All
2160p 4:2:0 50Hz
●One
Never, Always, All
2160p 4:2:0 60Hz
●One
Never, Always, All
Basic 3D
●One
Never, Always, All
HDR
●All
Never, Always, All
HDCP compatibility
●HDCP 2.2 (default)
Audio
●PCM, bitstream, multichannel
HDCP 1.4, No DDC, Sink
PCM only, multichannel, PCM
stereo only, PCM stereo up to
48kHz only
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Determines for each MX160 HDMI Input,
the type of Video Signal (Resolution, Video
Dynamic Range, Video Frame Rate and
Video Color Sampling) it will accept
Determines the degree of HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) for each
Video/Audio Source Component connected
to a MX160 HDMI Input
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AUDIO SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
Audio Configuration
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Refer to the MX160 Separate Sheet Menu 7, “Audio Setup Menu” while performing Audio Configuration and Voicing setup
S
Enable dynamic range control
●Off
On
Set range control level
●100%
0% to 100%
Enable fade in
●On
Off
Prevents abrupt changes in volume at the start or
end of a sound track
Enable remapping
●On
Off
Produces a 7.1 channel output from a 5.1 channel
input
Neo:X center gain: Cinema
●1.0
0.0 to 1.0
Neo:X center gain: Game
●1.0
0.0 to 1.0
Neo:X center gain: Music
●0.3
0.0 to 1.0
Neo:X phantom center
●Off
On
Strength
●-3dB
Mute, -30dB thru +3dB
Preset
●small
medium1, medium2, speech
TrueHD dynamic range control
●Auto
Off, On
Atmos dynamic range control
●Off
On
Center spread
●Off
Allow for suitable audible range at both high and
low playback levels
Neo:X
Provides changes in Neo:X Audio Processing for
the center channel audio input signal
AURO
Provides changes to the Auro 3D processing
depending on the volume level of the incoming
signal
Dolby
Voicing
On
The Dolby Surround upmixer may spread the
center channel content among the Left, Right, and
Center speakers creating a wider frontal audio image for the listener
The MX160 offers the ability to create custom Audio Equalization Frequency Response Curves, of which can be activated during Audio Playback using the Front
Panel Trim Control along with the Adjust  or  Push-buttons or the Remote Control Trim Push-button along with the  or  Push-buttons
●Music
Music II, Relaxed, Tilt, Action, Action+Movie
Refer to the On-Screen Display while Voicing
Add new voicing
●Blank
Bypass, Low pass, High pass, Low shelf, parametric, High shelf
Refer to the On-Screen Display while Voicing
while creating a new Voicing Curve
Loading voicings from files
Contact your McIntosh Dealer for additional Voicing Files to load into the MX160
Edit or delete voicing
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ZONE B SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Zone B Setup
Adjust Zone B volume settings
Max volume (%) setting
●59%
12 thru 99%
Use Fixed Volume
●No
Yes
Fixed Volume level (%)
●12
0 thru 59
Max volume setting
Option only appears when “Use Fixed Volume” is
selected
Adjust Zone B default settings
Default power
●Off
Default source
●Last used
Follow Main, Independent
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
General setup
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Power management
●Network
Deep sleep
Choose delay from 0 to 30 minutes using the Remote Control
Numeric Push-buttons
Default volume settings
●Use last volume
Use fixed volume
Choose maximum volume from 12% to 99%
HDMI CEC setting
●Off
On
Allows remote operation and Audio Out (from TV) via the HDMI
Cable conection
Display timeout
●0
Enter the desired number of seconds
Use the Remote Control Numeric Push-buttons
Show bypass
●On
Off
Room Perfect Room Correction
Password protection
●No
Yes
When Password protection is set to “Yes” the MX160 Setup Mode
is no longer available via an external Computer using a WEB
Browser
Enable front IR sensor
●On
Off
The MX160 Front Panel Sensor, which receives the signals from
the HR085 Remote Control, can be switched off to prevent interference when an external IR Sensor is connected
OSD info level
●Show all
Show volume, show nothing
Displays information On Screen over the video from the selected
source
Settings, con’t
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION SETUP MENU, con't
MENU ITEM
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Trigger out setup
Output trigger 1
●Power any
Off, Source, Source A, Source B,
Power A, Power B
The function which activates Output trigger 1, refer to the Setup
Source Edit Menu on page 19, Trigger setting
Output trigger 1
●Level
Pulse
Determines the type of signal available at the Trigger Output Jack
Output trigger 2
●Power any
Off, Source, Source A, Source B,
Power A, Power B
The function which activates Output trigger 1, refer to the Setup
Source Edit Menu on page 19, Trigger setting
Output trigger 2
●Level
Pulse
Determines the type of signal available at the Trigger Output Jack
Network configuration
●Automatic
Manual
Manually enter the IP Address, Net mask, Gateway and DNS server
Network setup
MANAGE SOFTWARE SETUP MENU
MENU ITEM
SUB MENU
SELECTION
OPTION(S)
DESCRIPTION
Manage software
Software information
A list of current Firmware Modules installed into the MX160 with their version numbers
Network information
Current Network Setting for the MX160
Backup and restore
Backup (device used for
storing the data)
●Sd-card
USB (Device inserted into USB Socket 1 or 2)
It is best to maintain a separate Sd-Card or USB Drive for
the sole purpose of backing up the current MX160 Operating
and Setup Settings. Enter a name and including the date for
reference purpose
Restore (device previously
used for backing up the
data)
●Sd-card
USB (Device inserted into USB Socket 1 or 2)
Insert the device previously used for backing up the MX160
Data to restore it. Then select the type of device and backup
file name/date, followed by “Start restore”
Factory Reset
If it becomes necessary to return the MX160 Operational and Setup Settings to the factory default values and settings select “Start factory reset” now
Update Software
Please contact your McIntosh Dealer about the MX160 Software Update
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RoomPerfect
The Room Perfect Measure and Adjustment Process
uses multiple measurement locations in the listening
room to achieve the best possible acoustical results.
The Focus Position (location in the room) is typically
where one would be during serious viewing/listening.
Refer to figure 20. The Room Positions are other locations in the room where noncritical viewing/listening
occurs.
Focus
Position
Distance between the Loudspeakers (at Ear Level)
and the Microphone Focus Position
Figure 20
Notes: 1. Assemble the supplied Microphone Holder/
Stand/Boom Adapter and connect the Microphone to the MX160 MICROPHONE Connector on the Rear Panel using the supplied
cable.
2. Set the trim controls on the MX160 to the
flat setting position and the volume control
to a normal listening volume level.
3. It might be advisable to temporarily switch
off the room/house heating/cooling system
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while the Room Perfect measurement process is occurring. If there are open windows,
they should all be closed. All of these steps
will allow lower testing volume levels and
more accurate measurements.
4. While performing the following steps, refer
to the MX160 Separate Sheets Menu 3 and 4,
“Speaker and Room Menu - Part #1 and #2”
along with the various On-Screen Menus
illustrated.
5. The next time RoomPerfect is run, some of
the On-Screen Menus will have changed to
reflect the already stored settings.
Before starting the “Room Perfect Measurement and
Adjustment Process”, it is very important to have
performed the Speaker and Room “Speaker Setup Edit
Configuration and Verify Speakers”. Refer to pages 20
thru 22.
1. Press the SETUP Push-button to enter the
Setup Mode. Use the Down ▼ Push-button to
highlight Speaker and room Setup, then press
the Directional ► Push-button.
2. Use the Directional ► Push-button to select
“Room Perfect”.
3. If the previous measured distances from each
of the Loudspeaker Positions to the “Focus
Position” were not saved, re-enter them now.
4. Select “Run RoomPerfectTM setup”.
5. Follow the On-Screen instructions and reposition the microphone to the necessary measurement locations. Refer to figures 21, 22 and 23.
Note: The Microphone Stand Boom Adapter
allows the microphone to be placed over
objects such as a chair or table.
6. When Room Perfect has completed its Measurement and Adjustments, press the SETUP
Push-button to exit.
Note: When the RoomPerfect Calibration has been
completed, the MX160 Front Panel “ROOMPERFECT” indicator will be illuminated.
Figure 21
Figure 22
Figure 23
Notes
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How to Operate the MX160
The McIntosh MX160 has been factory configured
for default operating settings, allowing for immediate enjoyment of superb video and high fidelity audio
without the need for further adjustments. If you wish
to make changes to the factory default settings, refer
to the SETUP Section of this Owner’s Manual starting
on page 17.
Note: It is advisable to perform “Speaker Configuration” and “RoomPerfect” to ensure the best audio
performance. Refer to pages 20 thru 22 and page
28.
The MX160 has a Rear Panel Main Power rocker
type switch. This switch removes all AC Power from
the MX160 circuitry. It is useful to remove AC Power
when the unit will not be used for an extended period
of time, during lightning
storms or AC Power outages. Referring to figure 50,
the rocker switch is placed
in the OFF
position when
shipped from the factory.
Figure 50
Place the Main Power rocker
switch to the ON
position. The Front LED located
above the STANDBY ON Push-button should now be
illuminated. Refer to figure 51.
Notes: 1. After the Rear Panel rocker switch is placed
in the ON position, the MX160 will switch On
for a few seconds while it checks the current
firmware status and will then switch Off.
2. If the MX160 A/V Processor is not going to
be used for an extended period of time, please
place the Rear Panel Main Power rocker
switch in the OFF position.
Power On and Off
Press the STANDBY/ON Push-button on the Front
Panel or press the
(Power On) Push-button on the
Remote Control. Refer to figures 50 and 54. The LED
located above the STANDBY ON Push-button will
turn off and the Front Panel Information Display will
indicate “McIntosh, MX160” during the initializing
process. Refer to figure 52.
HDMI 1
Neutral
Figure 51
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McIntosh
MX160
Figure 52
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When the initialization process is over, the display
will indicate the last Source Selected, Voicing Mode
(equalization/tone adjustment) and the Volume Level.
“HDMI 1, Neutral 12%” is the factory default setting.
Refer to figure 53.
HDMI 1
Neutral
12%
Figure 53
Input Selection
The INPUT Control selects the desired source (42 Inputs) and is indicated on the top line of the Front Panel
Information Display. Refer to figure 53. The selection
of the sources may also be accomplished by pressing
the p Up or q Down Push-button on the Remote
Control. Refer to figure 54.
Notes: 1. In addition to 42 direct connection Inputs the
MX160 has an additional 117 assignable Phantom Inputs, each Input with its own name and
other settings assigned to it.
2. For additional information on assigning Inputs, re-naming Inputs, changing the order in
which they are displayed, activating the HDMI
ARC (Audio Return Control) and removing
unused Inputs from the Input selection operation, refer to the “SETUP” section of this
Owner’s Manual starting on page 17.
Volume Control
Adjust the VOLUME Control to select the desired
listening level. The Volume Control adjusts all channels simultaneously, and level is indicated from 0 to
99% on the bottom line (right side) of the Front Panel
Information Display. The Volume Level adjustment
may also be accomplished by pressing the VOL p Up
or q Down Push-button on the Remote Control.
HDMI 1
Neutral
During the time the volume level
is being changed, the On-Screen
Display will indicate the Volume
Level %. When the MUTE Pushbutton is pressed, the Front Panel
Information Display will indicate
the word “Muted” in place of the
Volume % and the On-Screen Display will replace the word “Volume:__” with “Muted:__”. Pressing
the MUTE Push-button a second
time, the listening volume level will
be restored and the displays will
again indicate the Volume:__ %.
Front Panel Status
The three sets of front panel LEDs
indicate the status of Input Format,
Operating/Decoding Modes and the
Output Format.
Notes: 1. If a Digital Input is selected and the Digital Source
Component is not producing an output signal, none
of the Front Panel Status
LEDs will illuminate.
2. The new Digital Sound
Formats, including Dolby
Atmos, DTS-X and Auro
3D, do not rely on discrete
fixed channel positions
but rather as audio sound
Figure 54
objects that can be correctly placed in your Home Theater Loudspeaker Setup Environment. Thus, when these
sound formats are played back, the MX160
Front Panel Input Format and Output Format
LED Indicators are not illuminated.
Input Format
A. If the input signal source is Eight Channel,
the front panel
INPUT FORMAT
LEDs LF, C, RF,
LS, LFE, RS,
LRS, S and RRS
will illuminate.
Refer to figure 55.
B. If a Digital Input
Signal Source is 2
Figure 55
Channel Surround
Encoded, the front panel INPUT FORMAT
LEDs LF, RF and S will illuminate.
HDMI 1
Neutral
Note: The “S” indicator will only illuminate on
some surround encoded program material.
C. If the Analog Input Signal Source is Stereo,
the INPUT FORMAT LEDs LF and RF will
illuminate.
D. If an Analog Input Signal Source is Mono, both
channels will be receiving the mono signal and
the INPUT FORMAT LEDs LF and RF will
illuminate.
HDMI 1
Neutral
Operating Mode Displays
E. The ANALOG SIGNAL Display will illuminate
when the audio input signal is analog. Refer to
figure 56.
F. The DIGITAL SIGNAL Display will illuminate
when the audio
input signal is
Digital.
G. The ROOMPERFECT
Display will ilFigure 56
luminate when
RoomPerfect Correction Circuitry is Active.
How to Operate the MX160
H. The HD AUDIO Display will illuminate when
the audio input signal is Digital High Definition
such as Dolby True HD, Dolby Atmos, DTS
Master HD, DTS-X or Auro 3D.
I. The 3D Audio will illuminate when the audio
input signal is Digital High Definition such as
Dolby Atmos, DTS-X or Auro 3D.
J. The 4K Video Display will Illuminate when the
video input signal is Digital Ultra High Definition (UHD).
Output Format:
K. The OUTPUT FORMAT LEDs indicate the
SURROUND MODE selected and the active
audio channels. Refer to figure 57.
Note: The following example of the illuminated
LED is based upon a 7.1 channel system.
If your system is configured as something
other than 7.1 (e.g. no Center Loudspeaker
or a single Back Surround Loudspeaker)
then the number of LEDs illuminated will
be different.
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L. NO PROCESSING mode for
a two channel
(Stereo) Input will
cause the L, R
and SUB LEDs to
illuminate.
M. Dolby Upmixer
or DTS NEO: X
Figure 57
(MOVIE, CINEMA, MUSIC or GAMES) mode will cause
the LF, C, RF, RS, RRS, LRS, LS and SUB to
illuminate.
12%
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1
Trim Functions
The MX160 TRIM SELECT Control together with
HDMI
1
the Front Panel
Push-buttons
or the
Neutral
12%
Remote Control
Push-buttons provide the means to select and adjust
any one of the ten different Trim
Functions. Refer to figures 58A and
58B (Front Panel Control and PushFigure 58A
buttons).
HDMI 1
Neutral
TRIM FUNCTIONS
TRIM NAME
Secondary Trim Setting
Primary Trim Setting
Voicing
Figure 58B
Figure 59 illustrates the Remote Control Trim Settings Push-buttons. The Charts to the right provide
information about Trim Functions, Trim Function
Adjustments and the Front Panel Information Display
indicating the Trim Functions and Adjustments.
Note: Changes made to “RoomPerfect” and “Voicing”
Trim Settings are retained in memory, all other
Trim Adjustments return to default setting when
changing Inputs and switching the MX160 On/Off.
Press to change the Primary Trim
Setting (increase in level, another
choice, ON, etc.)
Press to change the Secondary
Trim Setting (increase in frequency,
increase in increment change, etc.)
Press to change the Secondary Trim
Setting (decrease in frequency,
decrease in increment change, etc.)
Press to step
thru the Trim
Modes
Press to exit
the Trim Modes
Press to change the Primary Trim
Setting (decrease in level, another
choice, OFF, etc.)
Figure 59
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Bass
TRIM DESCRIPTION
There are seven built in different equalization variations to select from to restore musical balance:
Neutral - Flat frequency response
Music
- Slight reduction in midrange frequencies
Music II - Slight reduction in midrange frequencies and slight high frequencies reduction
Relaxed - Slight increase in midbass frequencies and light reduction in midrange frequencies
Tilt
- Increase of low frequencies and a reduction in high frequencies
Action - A slight boost in low frequencies
Action + Movie - A slight boost in low frequencies and a gentle roll off in high frequencies
Allows for adjustment of the low frequencies; ±12dB in volume level, from 20Hz to 800Hz in frequency
VFD Level
Allows for adjustment of the high frequencies; ±12dB in volume level, from 1,500Hz to 16,000Hz
in frequency
The Front Panel Information Display Brightness Level; has four choices 25, 50, 75 or 100 (default
setting)
Multi-View
Ok to activate
Lip Sync
Allows correction when the Video and Audio are out of synchronization; time delay is adjustable
from 0ms to 500ms in either 5ms or 25ms increments
Amp Light
Allows for switching Off the Meter Illumination of a connected compatible McIntosh Power Amplifiers (via the Power Control Cable Connection)
Trim Center
Allows for adjustment of the Center Channel Volume Level relative to the Front Channels and Surround Channels; ±10dB in volume level, adjustable in 1dB increments
Trim LFE
Allows for adjustment of the LFE (Low Frequency Effects) Channel Volume Level relative to the
Front, Center and Surround Channels; ±10dB in volume level, adjustable in 1dB increments
Trim
Surrounds
Allows for adjustment of the Surround Channels Volume Level relative to the Front Channels, Center Channel and LFE Channel; ±10dB in volume level, adjustable in 1dB increments
Room Perfect
RoomPerfect Correction Process generates two room corrections, one for the “Focus 1” listening
location and one for the “Global” large listening area. (refer to page 28)
Treble
How to Operate the MX160, con’t
TRIM FUNCTION ADJUSTMENTS AND DISPLAY
FRONT PANEL PUSH-BUTTONS
REMOTE CONTROL PUSH-BUTTONS
PRIMARY ADJUSTMENT
SECONDARY ADJUSTMENT
PRIMARY ADJUSTMENT
SECONDARY ADJUSTMENT
▼
▲
ADJUST
PUSHBUTTONS
◄
►
NAVIGATE
PUSHBUTTONS
LEVEL UP (menu)
PUSHBUTTON
LEVEL DN (info)
PUSHBUTTON
Neutral, Music, Music II,
Relaxed,Tilt, Action or
Action + Movie
Neutral, Music, Music II,
Relaxed,Tilt, Action or
Action + Movie
FRONT PANEL INFORMATION DISPLAY
HDMI 1
Neutral
±12dB in volume level
20Hz to 800Hz
in frequency
±12dB in volume level
20Hz to 800Hz
in frequency
Bass:
0.0dB
±12dB in volume level
1,500Hz to 16,000Hz
in frequency
±12dB in volume level
1,500Hz to 16,000Hz
in frequency
Treble:
0.0dB
350Hz
7500Hz
VFD Level:
100%
25%, 50%, 75% or 100%
0ms to 500ms in
5ms increments
15%
0ms to 500ms in
25ms increments
0ms to 500ms in
5ms increments
0ms to 500ms in
25ms increments
Lip Sync:
0.0
AMP Light:
ON
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
±10dB in volume level,
in 1dB increments
±10dB in volume level,
in 1dB increments
Trim Center:
0.0dB
±10dB in volume level,
in 1dB increments
±10dB in volume level,
in 1dB increments
Trim LFE:
0.0dB
±10dB in volume level,
in 1dB increments
±10dB in volume level,
in 1dB increments
Focus 1 or Global
Focus 1 or Global
Trim Surrouds:
0.0dB
Room Perfect:
Focus 1
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Surround Mode
The MX160 provides eight different default Surround
Modes. The MX160 Signal Processing Circuitry first
looks at the incoming audio signal to see if it is either
Digital or Analog. If the signal is analog (two channel
or multichannel) the signal will be processed according to the Surround Processing Mode selected. Multichannel Digital Audio Signals will be processed in
the format of the incoming signal (eg. DTS-Master 7.1
will be processed as a 7.1 channel signal).
The MX160 Surround Processing Modes:
1. None
2. dts Neo: X Cinema
3. dts Neo: X Music
4. dts Neo: X Game
5. Auro-3D/Auromatic
6. Dolby Upmixer
7. Stereo
8. Party
In the first example, the selected Input is Tuner with a
2-Channel Digital Audio Signal Present. Pressing the
Front Panel DISPLAY MODE Push-button, the Information Display indication is illustrated in figure 60.
Audio Out:
2.0.0
Stereo Downmix
Figure 60
Pressing the Front Panel DISPLAY MODE Pushbutton four times, the Information Display indication
is illustrated in figure 61.
Audio:
PCM
48kHz 2.0.0
Figure 61
The second example has the HDMI 1 Input selected
and a Dolby Atmos Digital Multichannel Signal present. Refer to figure 62.
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Audio Out:
No Post Processing
Figure 62
Pressing the Front Panel DISPLAY MODE Pushbutton four times, the Information Display indication
is illustrated in figure 63.
Audio:
48kHz
TRUE HD ATMOS
Figure 63
Note: Any changes made using the Surround Mode
Control only apply until a different Input is
selected or power is switched Off. The next time
a given Input is selected, the default Surround
Mode Processing will apply.
In the Setup Mode, the default Surround Mode settings for each Input may be changed. Refer to “Audio
Setup Mode” starting on page 25.
Display Mode
The Display Mode Function indicates the operational
status of the MX160 on the Front Panel Information
Display. Pressing the Front Panel DISPLAY MODE
Push-button or the Remote Control INFO Push-button
allows viewing the Audio, Video, Audio Processing
and Network Connection of the MX160. In the chart
below, the information listed occured during playback
of a 4K Blu-ray Video Disc with a Dolby ATMOS
Soundtrack; a 4K Blu-ray Player is connected to the
HDMI 1 Input Connector on the Rear Panel of the
MX160.
Front Panel Display Modes
Button Presses Description
Front Panel Display Indication
None
Default display indicates Input Voicing
HDMI 1
Setting and Volume Level
Neutral
One*
Indicates the Format of the incoming
Audio: 48.0kHz
Audio Signal
TRUE HD ATMOS
Two*
Indicates the Audio Out Processing
Audio Out:
status of the signal
No Post Processing
Three*
Indicates the incoming and outgoing
Video
Video Signal Resolution
2160p
Four*
Indicates the MX160 Network asIP Address
signed IP Address, allowing for remote
192.168.1.1
control operation of the MX160 via a
Computer and Internet Web Brower
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* Note: The number of Button Presses and which Display Mode is indicated from this chart, is for the first time AC
Power is applied. After the first time the Display will indicate which Display Mode was last selected.
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Late Night
The LATE NIGHT Push-button turns a volume compression circuit On and Off. This feature suppresses
loud sounds or music that might disturb neighbors or
others not in the immediate area of the Home Theater.
Soft levels are also raised slightly so they are still
listenable at reduced overall volume levels. This works
only on a Dolby Digital Sound Track with encoded
data that supports the compression function.
Setup
Pressing the SETUP Push-button activates the MX160
SETUP Mode for making changes to the System settings.
Reset of Microprocessors
In the highly unlikely event the Controls and/or Pushbuttons on the MX160 become non-response, it may
become necessary to reset the microprocessors in the
MX160. Perform the following steps to take corrective
action:
1. Switch the Rear Panel Main Power Rocker Switch
to the OFF
Position.
2. After having waited at least 20 seconds, switch
the Rear Panel Main Power Rocker Switch to the
ON
Position
3. Press the STANDBY/ON Push-button.
Adjust ▼ ▲
The ADJUST ▼ (Down) and ▲ (Up) Push-buttons
allow for adjustment of a selected Trim Function and
are used when in the Setup Mode.
Back
When the MX160 is in Setup Mode it is used for returning to a previous Menu Screen.
Select
When the MX160 is in the Setup Mode it is used to
select the highlighted option.
Navigate  
The NAVIGATE  (Left) and  (Right) Push-buttons
move Left or Right through Menu Options. Also used
to activate the Trim Mode selecting the various Trim
Functions.
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How to Operate Zone B
The MX160 includes the capability of being able to
operate and control a second audio zone (Zone B),
independently from the Main Primary Home Theater
Listening Area (Zone A). Zone B is configured for a
Secondary Remote Location providing two channel
audio listening.
switch Zone B On. The Front Panel Information
Display will indicate the Zone B Source with no
Volume Setting. Then rotate the VOLUME Control to the desired volume level for Zone B. Refer
to figure 66.
Zone B:
Follow Main
Operating Zone B from the MX160 Front Panel
To activate Zone B Control from the MX160 Front
Panel, perform the following steps.
1. With the MX160 On, press the ZONE B CONTROL Push-button. The LED above the ZONE
B CONTROL Push-button will now illuminate and the Front Panel Information Display will indicate “Zone B: Off” with a zero
volume setting. Refer to figures 64 and 65.
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Figure 66
Note: The first time Zone B is switched On, the
default source is “Follow Main” (which is the
same Input Source as Zone A). After the first
time, Zone B will wake up to the last source
and previous volume setting, unless changed in
the MX160 Zone B Setup Menu, refer to page
26).
2. Rotate the INPUT Control to select the desired
source for Zone B. Refer to figure 67.
3. Return to Main (Zone A) Front Panel Control at
any time by pressing the ZONE B CONTROL
Push-button, the LED illumination above the
Zone B: Off
_
Figure 64
Then press the STANDBY/ON Push-button to
Zone B: Tuner
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Figure 67
ZONE B CONTROL Push-button will go out. The
Front Panel Information Display will now indicate
current Zone A status and returns the Front Panel
Controls, Displays and Push-buttons for Zone A
operation.
4. To switch Zone B Off, first press the ZONE B
CONTROL Push-button (unless the LED above
the push-button is already illuminated) then press
the STANDBY/ON Push-button. Refer to figure
64.
Operating Zone B from a Sensor
To activate Zone B Control from an External IR Sensor using a Remote Control, perform the following:
1. Press the (Power On) Push-button on the
Remote Control aimed at a Sensor located in the
Zone B area.
Note: The Front Panel Alphanumeric Display will
indicate “Zone B is on” (Zone A needs to be
On). Refer to figure 67.
Tuner
HDMI 1
Neutral
Neutral
Figure 65
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2. Select the desired Zone B Source by pressing the
INPUT p Up or q Down Push-button on the
Remote Control. Refer to figure 68.
3. Press the VOLume p Up or q Down Push-button
to adjust the volume to the desired listening level.
4. Press the MUTE Push-button to mute the
sound; press the MUTE Push-button to resume
listening.
5. If a McIntosh source component is connected to
the MX160 via data ports, basic operating functions of the source component can be performed
using the Remote Control aimed at a Sensor
located in Zone B.
How to Operate Zone B
Figure 68
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Advanced Operation and Setup
Introduction
The MX160 A/V Processor has the ability to be
remotely controlled by a PC running Windows via a
network connection. Remote functions include access to the MX160 Setup and User Operation along
with indicating the current Operational Status. The
PCs GUI (Graphical User Interface) together with a
keyboard and mouse, allows for quicker navigation of
menus, entering settings, viewing current status and
operating the MX160.
Computer
Network Router or Switch
Hardware Requirements
The hardware requirements include a functioning
MX160 A/V Processor, TV/Monitor, Computer with
Windows (OS versions 7 thru 10) with an internet
browser program. The MX160 and Computer need to
e connected to the same RJ45 Wired Network.
Hardware Connections
With power Off to the MX160 make the following
connections:
1. An Ethernet Connection between the MX160 NET
1 (using a CAT5, CAT5E or CAT6 cable) to a
Computer Network. Refer to figure 70.
MX160
Rear Panel
(Partial View)
Figure 70
Computer
Crossover Adapter/Cable
(RJ45 CAT5/5E/6)
Note: A single computer may be connected to the
MX160 NET RJ45 Connection by using a RJ45
CAT5/5E/6 Crossover Adapter/Cable and RJ45
CAT5/5E/6 cable(s). Refer to figure 71.
2. A TV/Monitor connected to the MX160 (Zone A).
Operation and Setup Menus
The following steps are based on having operated
the MX160 A/V Processor including using the Setup
Mode. Refer to the MX160 Owner’s Manual - pages 17
thru 29 and the MX160 Menu separate folded sheets
“MX160-Menu-1 thru Menu-11”. These separate
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MX160
Rear Panel
(Partial View)
Figure 71
sheets are contained in the Owner’s Manual Packet.
1. Switch power On to the MX160, TV/Monitor and
Computer.
2. Repeatedly press the Front Panel DISPLAY
MODE Push-button until the Information Display
indicates the current “IP ADDRESS” number assigned to the MX160.
3. Launch the Computer Internet WEB Browser
and enter in the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) entry box the current MX160 IP Address
“http://___.___._.___” and press return. Refer to
figure 72.
In the upper left corner of the Computer WEB Browers Display there is a three item selection Menu under
the title “MODEL MX160”. The choices include
“HOME (Zone A), ZONE B and SETUP”. Refer to
figures 72, 73 and 74.
Advanced Operation and Setup
Figure 72
Figure 73
Figure 74
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Introduction
The MX160 offers additional Zone A Left Front
Channel and Right Front Channel Balanced Outputs.
These Auxiliary Outputs (1 thru 4) may be used for
additional subwoofer outputs or for using the MX160
built-in electronic crossover circuitry. In this guide,
the example will illustrate connections along with
Setup Mode Settings for using the MX160 Electronic
Crossover Circuitry.
Almost all Loudspeakers incorporate acoustic
drivers and a passive crossover network. The passive
crossover network channels the various audio frequencies to the appropriate acoustic driver taking into
account the amplitude and phases of the audio signals
the Loudspeaker reproduces. When an electronic
crossover circuitry in the MX160 is used together with
multiple Power Amplifiers and Loudspeakers, it is
very important to maintain the correct amplitude and
phases of the audio signals for accurate sound reproduction. Refer to pages 20 thru 22 and the MX160Menu-3 separate folded sheet to set the “Custom”
Crossover and Gain Settings.
ER CTRL (Power Control) OUT A Jack to the
Power Control In on Zone A Power Amplifier
One.
2. Connect a Control Cable from Zone A Power Amplifier One Power Control Out to Zone A Power
Amplifier Two Power Control In Jack.
Perform additional Power Control Connections starting with step 3 on page 11 of the MX160 Owner’s
Manual.
Analog Audio Connections:
3. Connect Balanced Audio Cables from the MX160
Zone A - L (Left Front Channel) and R (Right
Front Channel) to Zone A Power Amplifier One
(High Frequencies) Inputs 1 and 3 respectively.
Note: Unbalanced Audio Connections may be used
in place of the Balanced Connections.
4. Connect Balanced Audio Cables from the MX160
Zone A - AUX 1 (Left Front Channel) and AUX
2 (Right Front Channel) to Zone A Power Amplifier Two (Low Frequencies) Inputs Left and Right
respectively.
Perform additional Analog Audio Connections for
the remaining channels, HDMI Connections and AC
Power Cords by refering to steps (6 thru 11) on page
11 of the MX160 Owner’s Manual.
MX160 (Partial View)
Connecting the MX160 when using the
Electronic Crossover
The following connection instructions and illustration on the next page are a supplement to the MX160
Zone A Output Connection instructions on page 11
of the Owner’s Manual and the separate folded sheet
“Mc2B” Diagram. It is an example of a typical Home
Theater System. Your system may vary from this,
however the actual components would be connected in
a similar manner. For additional information refer to
“Connector and Cable Information” on page 5 of the
MX160 Owner’s Manual.
Power Control Connections:
1. Connect a Control Cable from the MX160 POW40
Connect to
AC Outlet
Auxiliary Output and Electronic Crossover
Note: Refer to the MX160 Owner’s Manual pages 10 and 11 for additional
connection information.
Zone A - Power Amplifier One
High Frequencies
Left Front and Right Front Channels; Center Channel
Connection Legend:
Power Control Cable* AC Power Cords Audio Signal Cable * 2 conductor shielded with 1/8 inch stereo mini phone plug on each end.
MX160 (Partial View)
F15AH 125V
Zone A - Power Amplifier Two
Low Frequencies
Left Front and Right Front Channels
Connect to the next Power
Amplifier, Power Control IN
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Specifications
Audio Specifications
RoomPerfect and Voicing Specifications
General Specifications
Unless otherwise noted, the below MX160 Specifications where taken with RoomPerfect set to Bypass
Mode and Voicing Mode set to Neutral.
Sensitivity for Rated Output
Phono:
5mV
High Level: 500mV Unbalanced
1V Balanced
Power Requirements
100 Volts, 50/60Hz at 100 watts
110 Volts, 50/60Hz at 100 watts
120 Volts, 50/60Hz at 100 watts
220 Volts, 50/60Hz at 100 watts
230 Volts, 50/60Hz at 100 watts
240 Volts, 50/60Hz at 100 watts
Frequency Response
Left, Center, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround,
Left Back Surround, Right Back Surround:
±0.5dB from 20Hz-20,000Hz
Subwoofer:
±0.5dB from 20Hz-8000Hz
Maximum Input Signal
Phono:
50mV
High Level: 4.5V Unbalanced and Balanced
Tone Controls
Bass Control: ±10dB at 30Hz
Treble Control: ±10dB at 10,000Hz
Standby, less than 0.5 watt
Note: Refer to the rear panel of the MX160 for the correct
voltage.
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.005% maximum from 20Hz to 20,000Hz at rated
output
Overall Dimensions
Width is 17-1/2 inches (44.5cm)
Height is 7-5/8 inches (19.4cm) including feet
Depth is 19-1/2 inches (49.53cm) including the Front
Panel, Knobs, Rear Panel Connections and USB Drive
Signal To Noise Ratio
Phono:
86dB below 10mV input (A Weighted)
High Level: 96dB below rated output (A Weighted)
Weight
32 pounds (14.5Kg) net, 56 pounds (25.4Kg) shipping
Rated Output Voltage
2.5V Unbalanced Outputs (Main)
5.0V Balanced Outputs (Main)
Maximum Voltage Output
6.5V Unbalanced (8.5V Subwoofer)
13V Balanced (17V Subwoofer)
Output Impedance
75 ohms Unbalanced
100 ohms Balanced
Input Impedance
Phono:
47k Ohms, 65pf
High Level: 10k Ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
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Shipping Carton Dimensions
Width is 25 inches (63.5cm)
Depth is 28 inches (71.12cm)
Height is 18-3/8 inches (46.67cm)
Packing Instructions
Packing Instructions
In the event it is necessary to repack the equipment for
shipment, the equipment must be packed exactly as
shown below. It is very important that the four plastic feet are attached to the bottom of the equipment.
This will ensure the proper equipment location on the
bottom pad. Failure to do this will result in shipping
damage.
Use the original shipping carton and interior parts
only if they are all in good serviceable condition. If
a shipping carton or any of the interior part(s) are
needed, please call or write Customer Service Department of McIntosh Laboratory. Refer to page 4. Please
see the Part List for the correct part numbers.
Quantity
1
4
2
Part Number
034256
033887
034493
Description
Shipping carton only
End cap
Spacer pad
1
1
1
2
033697
033725
034576
034446
Inside carton only
Inner carton top pad
Bottom pad
Foam plug
4
4
4
017937
400159
404080
Plastic foot
#10-32 x 3/4” screw
#10 Flat washer
1
2
1
034499
034500
034501
Accessory Box
Slotted foam
Divider foam
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2 Chambers Street
Binghamton, NY 13903
www.mcintoshlabs.com
The continuous improvement of its products is the
policy of McIntosh Laboratory Incorporated who
reserve the right to improve design without notice.
Printed in the U.S.A.
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