MX119 thrills and spills

Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by usblues101, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. usblues101

    usblues101 Member

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    Getting a MX119 on Thurs.Looks like a 9.......what if anything I should do when it arrives?Theres a fine Mac tech here in Mpls.Just plug and play to start or....??TIA,Bob
     
  2. MACKIE1975

    MACKIE1975 Well-Known Member

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    Plug it in, play it loud and enjoy a beer. :rflmao::rflmao:
     
  3. feinstei

    feinstei AK Member

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    Download the manual and study the parts about Setup. It's somewhat complex, especially since you need to use a TV with a Composite video input (the Component Video or S-Video won't display Setup). There are also some undocumented features of the Setup. Nothing too exciting, but take a look on this forum. I posted a few of them.

    Remember that the video from your DVD/BluRay player should be connected directly to your TV since the MX-119 has no HDMI inputs. Then, use your TV's input switching to select the DVD/Blu-Ray player. Use the 7.1 RCA outputs from your DVD/BluRay player to connect the DVD/Blu-Ray audio to the 7.1 inputs on the MX-119.

    Make sure that during the winter you thoroughly de-static-ize your body before getting anywhere near the MX-119. Static electricity killed my MX-119 and it took me many hours to repair the blown IC circuits on a very inaccessible board inside the MX-119..
     
  4. MACKIE1975

    MACKIE1975 Well-Known Member

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    I have read so many comments about static issue of the MX119. Does McIntosh acknowledge this issue or it is just random cases?
     
  5. usblues101

    usblues101 Member

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    I sure thank you for your tips.Much appreciated.Here in Mpls static electricity is starting to build up to a crescendo of unimagineable proportions........do you still have your 119?Cheers,Bob
     
  6. feinstei

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    No. I sold it and replaced it with an MX-121. I thought that the phono section of the MX-119 was superior to the MX-121, but the fact that I now have an MP-100 (McIntosh's new phono preamp) makes that a moot point. The MX-121 substitutes an Internet Radio tuner for the TM-1 AM/FM radio module, but I found an MR-88 at a bargain price, so that's a moot point as well. Whatever it is, the MX-119 is a treasure and a fabulous sounding preamp.... don't be so quick to "upgrade" like I did.

    What amplifier do you have it paired with? A 7106?
     
  7. usblues101

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    I have an older Spectron but looking to find an OTL somewhere.I am finding it to be a nice 2 ch. preamp.......
     
  8. damacman

    damacman Blown and Injected Subscriber

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    MC7200 seems to be the most revered OTL amplifier in Mc's history.
     

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