McIntosh MX 132 – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.

What are the specs for the McIntosh MX 132?

Frequency response:
20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion:
14dB (line)
Input sensitivity:
400mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio:
100dB (line)
2V (Pre out), 9.5V (Pre out Max)
Digital inputs:
coaxial, optical
Video Connections:
composite, SVHS
7.1 x 17.5 x 21 inches
33 lbs

What else to know about the McIntosh MX 132?

"24-BIT SIGNAL PROCESSING (MX132). The MX132 features one of the most powerful DSP engines available. Three Motorola 24-bit digital signal processors decode Dolby Digital®, Pro Logic, and DTS® soundtracks. One divides a digital bit stream into the Dolby Digital and Pro Logic channels. Another is dedicated to decoding DTS. The third handles bass-channel management as well as ancillary functions. Except in pure Stereo mode, all analog inputs are processed by a 24-bit stereo A/D converter. Three additional 24-bit D/A converters handle the DSP output. HOME THX® CINEMA (MX132). Speaker Position Time Synchronization and Dynamic Decorrelation – two THX enhancements for Dolby Digital – optimize sound in rooms lacking proper speaker locations. TRIM SELECT (MX132). Settings for subwoofer, surround speakers, center speaker, treble, bass, loudness, and display can be adjusted using the TRIM LEVEL knob or via remote. The settings are shown on the MX132’s large display. For each operating mode only the appropriate trim options can be accessed. ON-SCREEN SETUP (MX132). All speaker size selection, room calibration, and custom sound enhancement features can be set from the listening position via remote control. CONTROL DATA OUTPUTS (MX132). To facilitate system integration, the MX132 outputs control data for source components. This allows remote operation of non-McIntosh components either by direct connection to compatible data inputs or via a McIntosh Remote Translator. REMOTE POWER CONTROL (MX132 + MC7205). The MC7205 receives power on/off data via its cable link to the MX132. In addition, power control jacks provide the same capability when the units are used independently. A special multipin jack on the MX132 connects to the PC3 AC Power Controller (see “Companions” section). SUPER-TRACKING VOLUME CONTROL (MX132). Level differences among channels in a stereo or surround system compromise sound imaging. The MX132 uses an electronic volume control with tracking accuracy better than 0.5dB for all six channels. ACTIVE VARIABLE LOUDNESS COMPENSATION (MX132). Typical loudness circuits apply a fixed amount of compensation for listening at low volume. The MX132 includes a separate loudness circuit that applies compensation proportionately. When off, the loudness circuit elements are completely removed from the signal path. MATCHED AND BUFFERED VIDEO SWITCHING (MX132). High-resolution video sources such as DVDs demand high-quality video switching. Each MX132 video input is termi- nated with 75 ohms to maintain a proper impedance match. Video buffer amps feed the two monitor video outputs, ensuring no loss in picture quality. Built-in digital comb filters convert composite video to S-video, allowing use of S-video outputs for all video sources. AUTOMATIC INPUT LEVEL CONTROL (MX132). The analog input to the DSP features a circuit similar to the Power Guard® used in McIntosh amplifiers. AILC continuously mon- itors input voltage and if overdrive occurs reduces the input level, preventing distortion. BALANCED CONNECTIONS (MX132 Zone B). A balanced connection provides 40dB more noise protection than an unbalanced connection. The balanced output of the MX132’s Zone B allows distant placement of a Zone B amp without compromising sound." - McIntosh

Brief History of McIntosh

Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.

Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy

Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.

StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?

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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.