System components for multi channel A/V

default -- Wed, 01/21/2009 - 17:16

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

Jeff Sullivan (not verified) -- Wed, 01/21/2009 - 17:18

comments please

Robert Harley -- Fri, 01/23/2009 - 14:11

HDMI 1.1 can transmit the new audio formats, but the MX-136 cannot decode these formats. It does, however, have a multichannel analog input which would enable you to hear the new formats by connecting a Blu-ray player's multichannel analog outputs to the MX-136. You should also check to see whether the MX-136 will accept high-res PCM over HDMI 1.1. If that's the case, you can perform the Dolby TrueHD-to-PCM decoding in the Blu-ray player and perform the D/A conversion in the Mac.

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