I don't like to ask others to make decisions for me, but, I find myself in a position where I need to hear the experiences of others to help me move forward in the best direction.
My old Lexicon DC-1, after 15 years of faithful service, is starting to dye of old-age; the power supply is failing. Due to the age I do not want to repair it. My dilemma is whether to stay with Lexicon and buy a used MC-12, or, purchase a newer pre/pro, such as the Marantz 8801, and take advantage of features such as Audyssey room eq and the latest codecs.
Current or former Lexicon owners may be best to understand my position as I thoroughly enjoy what Logic7 processing does for DD and DTS. I don't see how the Marantz can sound as good as Logic7 on SD DVD's. The negative of purchasing an MC-12 Lexicon is that I will need to purchase a BlueRay player with internal decoding and 5.1 analog outs, and the additional cables. I will also need to purchase at least a sub EQ separately.
If I go with the Marantz 8801 I can simply connect my PS3 via HDMI and have one cable, and no additional blueray player purchase., and no need to purchase an external sub EQ.
The question is how does the DD and DTS in the 8801 compare to the Lexicon DD and DTS processed with their Logic7? Is the Audyssey room EQ something really worth having vs only using an external sub EQ (anti-mode) with the Lexicon?
Last question: will using analog cables from an internally decoding blueray player into the 5.1 analog bypass inputs of the Lexicon give up anything to a direct HDMI digital connection as used by the Marantz 8801?
I do not want to pay the price for an MC12 HD so that is not an option. It comes down to:
Option A. Marantz 8801
includes Audyssey EQ, HDMI input, processing of latest codecs, able to use existing PS3 BlueRay player. Also includes many other features which I may or may not use.
Option B. Used Lexicon MC-12
includes ability to apply Logic7
requires the purchase of anti-mode sub EQ, new blueray player with 5.1 analog out, purchase of 6 new analog cables
The only reason I can see to stay with Lexicon is Logic7. Considering that my DC-1 is from 1999; does the standard DD and DTS processing on the newer units like the Marantz 8801 sound as good as the older Logic7 processing?
Thanks for reading this rather lengthy post; any comments will be greatly appreciated.
Current Equipment: Datasat LS10 w/ Atmos and DIRAC. Datasat RA7300, Aerial Acoustics LR5's (LCR), Aerial Acoustics LR3's (sides), RBH in-walls (rears), Seaton Submersive, Marantz VP15s1, 106" Carada BW screen, Oppo BDP-103.