The MX151 is as good as it comes. Being McIntosh’s former flagship model, it had the very heavy responsibility of benchmarking itself out there and and showcasing to the industry what it has to offer. And it does not to do so. The home theater system that this MX151 came out from is nothing short of spectacular. A full 160″ screen greeted us as we walked down into the basement home theater system. Upon firing it up (the MX151 were hooked up to five MC601s and a MC152 that powered the side surrounds), the MX151 took reign of every movie soundtrack we played through it. Star Trek’s Into Darkness was so realistically reproduced, we almost felt like we were in the heart of the movie! Especially in the scene where the USS Vengeance was pursuing the USS Enterprise. The sound effects are easily one of the best we have listened to from a home theater system and is only beaten by the megascale system of a cinema setup.
Cosmetically, the unit looks really good. The dealer whom we got this from had it sent back to McIntosh for updates and calibration. It actually came back factory sealed but we had to cut it open to take the pictures you see here. We have the original box for the main unit but not for the MIC stand and MIC which we will re-box in a separate box. Shipping will thus be a two box affair. Original manual and remote included.