I'm a new contributor. I'm preparing to add a new A/V system in my living room and looking for my first true "audiophile quality", General TV use, music during the evening and movies on the weekends. I've narrowed my decision to the new Rotel 15 series separates or a used Mcintosh MX136 and amp. When I was a kid my uncle had an old tube Mcintosh system and I've dreamed of owning some (I can't afford new mac's). I have a two questions
1- With the new DVD audio formats coming (which use HDMI 1.3) do i have any options for the Mcintosh (HDMI 1.1). will they be able to process/decode the signals?
2- Given the present economic conditions I'm looking to see my $ support american workers ( my problem is Rotel is Chinese mfgd). I realize used equip isn't direct american support but it does play into their overall value. Are there any other american, canadian, or english (non far east) manufacturers that I should consider?
thx for your time