Originally Posted by dsmith901
Not to change topics, but that SMR thread said that early MC-12 models did not have pure analog bypass? Is that true? If so, please can someone give me the serial numbers where that changed? My JBL Synthesis AV-1 has an excellent analog bypass; I would be shocked to find that a used MC-12 I might buy did not have the same. Can anyone confirm?
Sanjay's response of "no" is partially true, but not entirely correct. The first release of the MC!2 did NOT have analog bypass. I know, I owned it, and was one of those who protested when it was not included. That was corrected in a firmware release. So all MC12s today have analog bypass. If you happen to buy a used one that doesn't, you only need to upgrade the very old firmware. Don't ask me how it was corrected in firmware and not in hardware, but it was.
Why you'd buy a processor so ancient that it can't pass a 3D or latest HDMI signal is a better question. I have only held on to my MC12HD because I am waiting to see if Lexicon actually releases a completed product; whether it has enough inputs/outputs to accommodate my own system (the MP-20 was seriously deficient in that regard); and what the price is.
If the new processor has enough inputs/outputs and flexibility for my own system, I will make a decision based on the price after subtracting the rebate for an upgrade. Speaking for myself, I'll pay twice the price of the most recent Integra, or roughly $6,000. But not more than that. Many on the SMR web site recommend the Integra, including owners of the MC12. The Integra includes room correction. So my assessment will be that a Lexicon may be worth twice as much, but I can't justify spending more than that. Others may come to a different conclusion when -- and IF -- Lexicon releases a new processor.
In any event, I'll wait until the end of this year for an actual completed unit to be released, and if the unit is not released by then, give up on Lexicon. And probably buy the Integra.
I owned the very first product ever sold by Lexicon, which as I recall, was the CP-1. I have only owned Lexicon since then -- for about 25 years. If they lose a customer like me, they are in sad shape as a company.