MX160 A/V Processor

Highly Recommended

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The MX160 A/V Processor is teeming with all the latest home theater technologies to give you a luxury entertainment experience in the comfort of your home. It supports new object-based 3D audio formats including Dolby® Atmos and Auro-3D® and will be upgradable to support DTS:X™. RoomPerfect™ room correction technology will adjust the audio to the specific acoustics of your room – further enhancing the sonic innovations of these newest audio codecs. The MX160 is also compatible with Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio™ and other popular legacy formats so you can continue to enjoy your existing DVD and Blu-ray™ movie collection in surround sound. Regardless the format, all audio will be processed according to legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance standards not found in any other home theater​ processor.

"The sound effects are so clear you can almost reach out and touch them." A "pure pleasure" that deserves reference level status not only for movies but also for music listening. - Stereo+

Not to forget the latest in video advancements, the MX160 fully supports 4K Ultra HD native sources as well as upconverting lower resolutions to 4K Ultra HD for the best possible picture quality. Its 8 HDMI inputs and 4 outputs support HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) while providing plenty of options to connect your existing and future HD and 4K Ultra HD sources. 3D video pass-through will put you right in the action of your favorite 3D movies. An HDBaseT output is included to provide degradation-free, uncompressed digital video and audio over long cable runs between the MX160 and your projector or TV.

"The MX160 impressed with noble tone, elegance and Hi-Fi feelings that other competitors cannot offer... It can satisfy your needs on hi-end Hi-Fi, home theater and two channel music. You would be happy with its performance." - HiFi Review

To fully immerse you in your home theater experience, the MX160 features balanced outputs for 11.1 (also known as 7.1.4) audio channels plus 4 auxiliary channels for use in bi-amping your speakers or driving additional subwoofers. For digital music lovers, the MX160 features 4 optical, 3 coaxial and 1 USB inputs that accepts up to 24-bit/192kHz signals plus 1 XLR connector. For analog audio, there are 2 sets of stereo balanced inputs, 4 sets of stereo unbalanced inputs, a dedicated phono input and a set of 7.1 multichannel unbalanced inputs. All analog and digital connections can be custom named for simplified system operation and matched in volume level for a smooth transition between sources. Bass and treble controls offer further audio fine-tuning.

The classic black glass front panel, knobs, illuminated logo and custom machined brushed aluminum end caps make the MX160 a rousing addition to any home theater and will have you enjoying all your favorite movies well into the future. The MX160 can be paired with a variety of McIntosh amplifiers and speakers​ for a complete home theater system. It has received Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP) Certification from Control4®, a leading global provider of smart home automation solutions, allowing it to effortlessly be integrated into Control4 automation systems to further enhance the user experience. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
Auro-3D is a registered trademark of Auro Technologies.
For DTS patents, see Manufactured under license from DTS Licensing Limited. DTS, the Symbol, & DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks, and DTS:X and the DTSX logo are trademarks of DTS, Inc. © DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
RoomPerfect is a registered trademark of Lyngdorf Audio A/S.




Multi-Channel Outputs Balanced

11.1 (also known as 7.1.4)
plus 4 auxiliary for bi-amping or multiple subwoofers

Multi-Channel Inputs Unbalanced


Multi-Channel Outputs Unbalanced


Stereo Inputs Balanced


Stereo Inputs Unbalanced

(including 1 Moving Magnet Phono)

Stereo Outputs Unbalanced

1 (Zone B)

Digital Coaxial Input


Digital Coaxial Output

1 (Zone B)

Digital Optical Input


Digital Optical Output


AES/EBU Balanced Input


HDMI Input

HDCP 2.2, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), 3D video pass-through

HDMI Output

HDCP 2.2, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), 3D video pass-through

HDBT Output



2 Type A
1 Type B for digital audio (2.0, 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous)

Component Input


Component Output


Composite Input


Composite Output


S-Video Input


S-Video Output


Subwoofer 2 Output

4 auxiliary outputs

Network Connection


Max # of audio channels in Zone A


Additional Zone Outputs

Zone B: Analog and digital audio outputs

Advanced Connections

Ethernet Web interface and firmware update, IP-based control


Total Harmonic Distortion (DSP Bypass)


Dolby Processing

Atmos/True HD/Digital, EX/ProLogic IIx

DTS Processing

HD Master & High Res. Audio/ES/96/24, Discrete & Matrix6.1, Neo:X

Auro Processing

Auro 3D, Auro-Matic, Auro 9.1, 10.1, 11.1

Pure Stereo DSP Bypass Mode


Video Scaling

4K Upconversion


Third Party Control

RS232, Web IP, IR Input

Tone Controls

Bass and Treble with adjustable frequency

OSD Overlay on HDMI Output


Input-Output Format Indicators

9 in and 9 out

Control of McIntosh Sources

Yes, wired with data cables

General Specifications

Channel Formats

11.1 (7.1.4), 7.1, 5.1, Stereo

DSP Room Correction

RoomPerfect, 1/12 octave

Microphone and stand included


Network Features

Ethernet Control and Setup

Unique Crossover Frequency, Each Speaker


Special Features

Up to 64 input capability, 4 assignable auxiliary channels

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 7-5/8" (19.37cm) (including feet) x 19-1/2" (49.53cm) (including front panel, knobs, and rear panel connections)


32 lbs (14.5 kg)

Shipping Weight

56 lbs (25.4 kg)

Products In This System


A/V Processor

  • Supports Dolby Atmos & Auro-3D
  • 4K Ultra HD native content & upscaling


1-Channel Amplifier

  • 2,000 Watt Quad Balanced Monoblock
  • 3 speaker terminals for tri-wiring


1-Channel Amplifier

  • ​1,200 Watt Quad Bala​nced Monoblock
  • Redesigned from top to bottom


2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

  • Separate audio & control sections
  • 12 analog inputs including MC & MM phono


Audio Video Player

  • Upsamples to 4K Ultra HD
  • Plays all leading audio formats


2-Channel SACD/CD Player

  • ​8-Channel, 32-bit/192kHz Quad Balanced DAC
  • USB input for digital aud​io playback


Power Controller

  • Isolation Transformer to Shield Components
  • Connect up to 12 components


Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 2,000 Watts power rating
  • Ported 4-Way; Tri-amp & Tri-wire


Center Channel Loudspeaker

  • 2,000 Watts power rating
  • Bi/Tri-amp and Bi/Tri-wire capabilities


Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 1,200 Watts power rating
  • Ported 3-Way Floor Standing
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5-Channel Amplifier

  • 200 Watts x 5 Channels
  • Balanced and unbalanced inputs


7-Channel Amplifier

  • 200 Watts x 7 Channels
  • Balanced and unbalanced inputs


7-Channel Amplifier

  • 200 Watts x 7 Channels
  • LED power output indicators


Audio Video Player

  • Upsamples to 4K Ultra HD
  • Plays all leading audio formats


2-Channel Phono Preamplifier

  • Moving Coil & Moving Magnet inputs
  • Analog outputs + USB for ripping to computer


Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 1,200 Watts power rating
  • Ported 3-Way Floor Standing


Center Channel Loudspeaker

  • 3-Way McIntosh Arc Array Design
  • Distortion Acoustic Reproduction


Center Channel Loudspeaker

  • 600 Watts power rating
  • 2 woofers, 8 midranges, 5 tweeters


3-Way In-Ceiling Loudspeaker

  • 12-7/16" diameter frame
  • Works as L/R, L/R/C and/or surround positions