McIntosh MVP 891 in the Test

McIntosh introduces its second Blu-ray player generation with the MVP 891, now with 3D as well as 32-bit D/A converters and 2000 euros cheaper. A big step in the future? Our test reveals it.

Two years ago, stereoplay tested the first McIntosh, the MVP 881 BluRay player. With around 9000 euros he was one of the most expensive of his Guild, for this he sounded quite wonderfully. Successor MVP 891 testers could see for the first time on this year’s CES show as well the appropriate surround-sub and amp. The amplifiers were not available so far, so stereoplay lunged forward on the new players. He costs less pleasing with about 7000 euro.

Essentially a Denon

Again in the digital core and with his drive is based on the current top device of group colleagues by Denon of 891. This enables the high change on the reliable, in terms of firmware in the long term as timely to leave maintained hardware and to rely on the large series production. At this point, McIntosh could do little better. The high end were pleased to find – especially one that no competitor has access in the same group a corresponding OEM source.

The New York developer could so that focus on, what they recognized as the best control: powerful mechanics, oversized power supply, fine D/A conversion and discrete output stage. They had to do so enough. The Tuning started with the massive housing. Several layers are used for maximum rigidity and Vibration free of the metal sheet, for example, on the ground and on the sides. Here, once again massive cheeks are screwed on the inner housing that dramatically enhance not only the rigidity of the pages, but in addition besides the countersunk machine screws to clamp the thick cover plate.

The rotating slowly and quietly cooling fan behind the huge power supply with more than faustgroßem main transformer and discrete power conditioning for the various assemblies. The middle third of the Interior is the digital drive Sund decoder section.

It is based on the proven MediaTek chipset, which handles also DVDAudio and SACD CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and offers an audio and video network player. The integrated decoder always deliver a crisp sharp, yet peaceful picture. The de Interlacer and the scaler provide a canvas suitable image even with filthy DVDs.

All common audio decoders are integrated to the lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD . SACD can be output as raw DSD data stream or PCM, the latter then with 88.2 kHz at 24 bit. The common audio codecs, which does not understand the McIntosh, is calculated from the audiophile FLAC. What a pity. For this, the streamer allows a search and coils in the songs and videos that come out of the network.

The Americans, who are well represented in its home market in the installation area, the interfaces to the integration of the player in control systems used on the Digitalboard: from the simple remote setting to complete control via RS232 interface.

Control: complex

Digital-to-analog conversion and the output drivers take the left third of the MVP of 891. The lower Board takes care of two-channel stereo, either symmetrically by professional XLR connectors or RCA. The stereo section always receives a stereo Downmix for surround playback. The unbalanced 7.1 surround adapts by bass management in the Setup menu in detail to the own system.

Was confirmed in the room quickly, that the cooling fan really quiet whispers. Americans seem to have, well decoupled because it remains unobtrusive even in fast moving Blu-rays, also the drive where the Denon colleagues are somewhat noisy. Every now and then the response to operating commands seems a little delayed. Menus and operation are clearly structured, only the remote transmitter is initially somewhat complex. He being friendly cinema lit and free of annoying multiple functions pleasantly discreetly in the keys. By the sheer number of individual keys, the user must almost never navigate in the menu.

Sonically, the Cambridge players represent for some time a good barrier for new candidates as HDMI. However, this obstacle took the McIntosh with ease – thanks to his punchier, but this more sensitive game. That was true for high resolution as well as for popular MP3 files or CDs.

The multi channel output of the Cambridge Azur 651 BD delivers with its musical, balanced, it tends to be sparkling kind also a good benchmark for RCA surround outputs. Also this hurdle but overcame the MVP 891, with more effort than you might think. He sounded relatively sluggish, provided yet more details and the stability in the figure. Thus he left something behind its predecessor.

Sound: real McIntosh

In direct comparison, however, sounded XLR output as unleashed. He developed a momentum and substance against the Cambridge less resolution seemed almost nervous and fitzelig. The Moon CD.5 fetched in a hurry from the reference shelf could better counter. But still the new McIntosh prevailed in contour and joy of playing. First, the Ayre CX 7e disbanded again fine. Super: 61 points for the McIntosh.

Opinion

The McIntosh MVP 891 holds exactly what it promises: retro design reproduced with bombastic processing, playback of all discs media including SACD in audiophilster quality, whether analog or digital.

 

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