McIntosh MX406 CD Receivers

MX406

Car CD-Player

User Reviews (6)

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1gr8e320a   [Mar 28, 2008]
Model Reviewed: McIntosh MX406
Strength:

Everything.

Weakness:

None. However, I wish the lettering was illuminated like the McIntosh amps in my trunk.

Its all been said and written already. Fantastic, Amazing, nothing can touch it. Had taken a friend for a ride in my MB and he saw the stereo and asked, "is the stereo vintage". LOL Sure, I said. Not worth explaining if they dont know.

Similar Products Used: None. Nothing close to being similar.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Lund Wolfe   [Mar 13, 2004]
Model Reviewed: MX406
Strength:

tuner reception, musical, bass, vocals, treble, clear, detailed, rich, reputation for build quality and reliability

Weakness:

none

This is my first car high end deck. I was a little reluctant to pay $1300 until I found out that the only competition is the Nakamichi that is still made in Japan for $1700 and the Denon, which is well over $2000. I had to buy it based on its reputation, but I suspect it is the best of the bunch, not just the best value. Alpine has the best reputation for car stereo tuners and was the best I've ever had, but this MX406 pulls in local and distant stations cleanly that my old Alpine never knew existed. I listen to the radio most of the time, so this is value I can appreciate. The sound quality of CD and tuner is probably as close to home audiophile quality as you can get. It is amazingly musical and natural, full and rich but at the same time clean and uncongested. A musical audio component is rare enough but you aren't sacrificing detail, clear vocals, natural timbres on bass and treble to get it either. My hands and feet don't stop tapping until the song ends. Fortunately, there are plenty more stations on my dial. You'll need a quality amp and speakers, of course. I really like my Zapco ref 360 amp (though I really only need a Zapco two channel amp) and Morel 6.5" Integra speakers. My Kimber Kable PBJ interconnect is an awesome value, too.

Similar Products Used: Alpine (best tuner), Coustic (best sound quality), Blaupunkt, Soundstream, all decks broke within two years
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
caraudiophile   [May 07, 2002]
Strength:

looks, build, EXTERNAL DC TO DC CONVERTER,sound quality,excelent cd playback,built in USA

Weakness:

THERE IS NO WAY TO FAST FORWARD-what if there is a hidden song on a cd? at the very bottom of the volume control the right channel is a bit louder than the left.

I have been into car audio for a long time, and when I went to upgrage my car equipment the first cd player I went to listen to was the MX-406. After I heard it I knew it was the one. The sound quality from the unit is the best in the car audio market by a long shot. Its sound is never in the least bit fatiguing even at a reasonably high volume. Another big plus to the unit is that it is simple to operate. It is definatly much easier to use than most of the other cd players out on the market that have a billion and one functions that the user never uses. McIntosh realized that it is the sound that sells this product and they did away with all that. All in all I am very pleased with the form of the MX-406 and I belive it to be functionaly perfect. It will be idealy suited to any person that has a true love of music.

Similar Products Used: alpine,sony,panasonic,clairon-not half as good where it counts.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chih Ming Foo   [Mar 19, 2001]
Model Reviewed: MX406
Strength:

Timbre accuracy, warm vocals, wide soundstage and very dynamic. Built like a rock. Comes with external DC to DC converter! Minimalist design with no compromise in SQ.

Weakness:

No numbers to indicate level of volume. Cannot fast forward between a track.

Nakamichi sound is airy with good bass response. Sony is bright sounding. The MX406 is warm with a very livelike presentation of vocals and strings. Trumpets and sax sounded very smooth. Drums and percussion sounded very dynamic and transient response is first class. If you like your music to be extremely smooth and silky, this is the head unit to go. If you prefer disco/trans, pop music, then go for the Nakamichi.

Similar Products Used: Nakamichi CD700, Sony C90, Nakamichi MD100
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
E.Casey   an Audiophile [Jan 24, 1999]

I spent almost year shopping for a car system. This was BY FAR the best deck. Only ones close were the top of the line Denon, Sony, and Nakamichi. The deck is preamp only, so you'll need an amp. The CD player is musical and deep, with a wonderful soundstage and just a slight warmth and brightness. It blows away any of the junk I was subjected to in countless stores -- I have no idea why car stereo manufacturers try to push these 1-bit DACs as "audiophile" quality. Well, actually, I do -- they were selling to 16 year old kids who want 12 subwoofers and crappy speakers. But if you care about music, this deck is it! Best with classical music and a nice, clean amp. My system: Mcintosh 2x100 amp, JL Audio CS-XR 5 1/4" separates, Honda Civic '96.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John Rosati   an Audiophile [Jan 24, 1999]

McIntosh Mx406 with McIntosh Changer M431 Amp MX406 EQ, Lat Int'l 100 inteconnects, MB Quart 8" and 6" coax speakers, 10 gauge OFC and Tara Labs speaker wire. I am a middle aged audio enthsiat or audiophile. I've listened to alot of gear, and previously had a Denon CD Pre-amp and Sonudstream amp. I listen to Jazz rock and classical, no rap, no heavy metal as a primaary source. McIntosh is built like a tank, and never harsh. Warm, soundstage, and you can listen at louder (not blasting it) without fatigue. The bass is good, but I need a simple sub set up (single 10") to get it right. As it stands w/o a sub and the additional trunk space I"ll take it over a boomy rapper system. The price is high, but the more you listen and see the quality, you know it's worth it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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