Hello, I'm hoping to find some good advice out there regarding switching from a Lexicon MC12 to an Integra product, most likely a 80.1 pre/pro, because my Lexicon lost a side channel and needs a new power supply, among other possible problems.
I'm running a Marantz dv7600 into the Lex with optical audio and component video, to a B&K av2600 for the surrounds and rears, B&K st3140 to the L R and C, and an RBH SA 400 to two subs. All speakers are Snell in-wall. I considered having the MC12 repaired, but can expect a cost of around 1200.00, which led me to shop-- especially since the older MC12's don't give me an easy runway to HD via HDMI. I have a Sharp XVZ12000 MkII projector which can do 720p or 1080i that I'm going to keep for now, but would like to bring up to its full detail by adding HDMI and a BDP.
Sound is very important to me, though I'm only using this setup for movies-- so 2CH performance doesn't mean much to me here. I have an opportunity to buy a B-Stock MC-12HD with full warranty for less than $6000.00, but I'd like to NOT spend that kind of money. Unless there's just nothing that comes close to touching it.
I'm worried I'll be disappointed with the sound from the Integra, but I'm intrigued by all of the positive reviews and chatter about the DHC 9.9. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with both products?
I've also run a Lexicon DC-2 processor in that setup and was very happy with it. Until it crapped out. I'd be happy if the Integra's sound was comparable to even the DC-2.
Any advice you have for me I'd greatly appreciate. Many thanks in advance.