Originally Posted by wyliec2
I listen to quite a bit of music and I have not found anything I enjoy better for music than Logic-7 which obviously ties me to Lexicon for many stereo/multi-channel sources. I currently take the 7.1 analog out from my MC-12 and feed it into a Marantz AV8003.
I would be interested in applying Audessy EQ and possibly adding wide-fronts. I'm planning on a projector upgrade for 3D - the AV8003 has limitations with audio processing and doesn't do HDMI 1.4a so I have multiple reasons to look at a processor change. Good analog input processing and balanced outputs are requirements. Seeing that the Integra has a balanced stereo input infers that it has some level of analog competency....hence my interest and question.
I do not know about the Marantz, but the Integra will not convert Mch analog to digital for Audyssey processing. It will for stereo analog.
Personally, I think d to a in the Lexicon, then a to d to a in another processor is a really bad idea that cannot possibly benefit the sound, in addition to being expensive (two processors). I have not heard Logic 7 of course, but I have a hard time believing it is worth it to sustain the setup you describe, with attendant colorations from all the conversions. I do not use synthetic listening modes for stereo myself, but friends who do are high on Neo 6 at the moment. I have a hunch one of those modes would equal Logic 7 and simplify your signal path. But, there are plently of other listening modes in the Integra.
The main advantage of the Integra is Audyssey XT/32. It would be a crime to have one and not use that fabulous feature. Your Marantz only has MultEQ, which is a far cry from XT/32.
It's your choice, though.