Currently, we have both 2 channel and multi channel analog and digital media room running with/thru our trusty MX135 bought new about 12 years ago. With all the newest available technologies in both audio/video, analog and digital, we're looking for a replacement/upgraded preamp/processor. The MX-135 will go into another room/system. The new unit in theory (right now both are off the table for us due to cost) needs to provide the ability to enjoy the newest formats that evolved since the MX-135 was released. However, we want to be able to keep and use all our older gear with component video, balanced and unbalanced audio and digital audio sources. Its a given we would be using the MPV-901 or it's slated replacement to bridge to the newer media formats. I also want to continue to use pass thru mode to allow integration of the MC-2300 2 channel tube pre-amp. I feel the MX-122 is a better choice, since it offers the ability to bridge our existing audio/video processor and setup, with the best bang for the buck. The MX-160 while being much more expensive, doesn't seem to me to offer the flexibility in our situation the MX-122 does, especially considering the MX-160 is almost DOUBLE the price of the MX-122. We listen a lot of analog 2 channel, FM Radio, LP's, analog tape.. cassette, and open reel, at least a 60/40 mix, maybe even more on the analog / music side. Most of the digital sourced music is 2 channel analog, SACD / multi channel audio, multi channel DVD/ BluRay audio/video. We use a 4K ultra projector for the video media. Below is a direct quote from my wife with her questions: "The MX-160 is twice the cost of MX-122. While I hear and HALF understand my husbands tech answer, what I really hear him saying is that Millennials are stupid and will buy anything that has a higher or larger model number in the name, and an inflated sticker price. Being the parent of a 17 and 19 Y/O, I get that assumption. However I thought McIntosh was specifically geared toward true audiophile listeners. My children wouldn't know the sonic difference between a MP-3 or a Vinyl LP. If McIntosh is indeed moving toward catering to the dim-witted, I am truly disappointed. I can't see any real significant gain or difference between the (approx) 7500$ MX-122 and the (approx) 14,000$ MX-160 ,not a 7000$ plus difference, just because it has more HDMI inputs. For 7000$ plus extra, shouldn't McIntosh be able to combine all the different features of both the MX-122 AND the MX-160 into one unit?" I agree with her, and for once it seems as if the lower $$ unit is better for our uses, and has more bang for the buck. I myself admittedly out of the mainstream of technology a few years, and do not see the 7000 difference either and chose the MX-122. It just doesn't seem to justify the difference. Its' not the prices in question, it is the why of it . Why were 2 units that are supposed to be so similar so different and released so close together. Help!