The MX136 may not possess the “latest” in AV processing software but if you are not in the race to keep up with the Jones’, the MX136 is firstly, an amazingly musical preamp. Side by side with their McIntosh’s C2300 tube preamp, the MX136 is a respectable “alternative” to it for much less money. Secondly, it has AV processing ability which opens up so much more flexibility in usage terms should you want to combine your music system and home theater system into one. It has a large assortment of inputs and outputs, both single ended and balance, that you will probably never run out off. HDMI inputs and output will cater for the HD crowd.
Cosmetically, the unit looks good. There is a small paint chip on the right aluminum post and minor scuff marks elsewhere. Nothing major. We have the original remote and will securely pack this for safe shipping.