Originally Posted by joeycalda
I spent an hour or so sifting through this thread to get a feel on the latest and greatest, but the verdict is not in, or did I miss the page where it came in?
I too may be in the make for a new SSP, as my trusty Levinson No. 40 has all but completely died. It started with my centre channel output failing over a year ago, so I switched to phantom centre, which worked fine for the main seat ( mine), and then I lost a few rears, that was still okay because I felt it still sounded great, but now I have lost my right chanell and HDMI won't accept a signal:eek: So its off off to a Harmon/ Levinson repair outlet. I have no clue how much this is going to cost to replace possibly a new SSP board, HDMI board etc...
I will miss this unit, as I have always felt it was the best all-around SSP. Now I have heard better single components, as my CD transport connected to my Larvy DAC sounded much better than using the the DACs in the 40, and when I had a Boulder 1010 two channel preamp, it sounded clearer and cleaner then the 40 in two channel. And I always felt my previous Lexicion using LOGIC 7 had better surround steering. So there is definetely room for improvement ,but I just don't know if anyone has jumped in these deep waters since I have been completely happy for so long. I did recently hear an all Bryston set up; speakers, amps, and SP3, and while it was visceral and could get very loud , I felt it lacked the naturalness of my system. But I also have different speakers and different amp. I plan on taking it for a weekend to see how its sounds in my system. My room is completely treated so the room correction is not my biggest concern.
Seems the originator of this thread bought a Mac...hmmmm
I can't comment on the difference between the Lexicon and the Bryston SP-3.
I was, however, astonished how much better the Bryston SP-3 sounded in comparison to the Onkyo PR-SC885P that I had been using before. I got the Onkyo because of its HD sound decoding back then.
With the SP-3 I actually had the impression that I had completely different speakers, as I had never heard them that clear and transparent before. Never would have thought that a pre/pro would make such a huge difference. Now the Onkyo was a $1,500 unit, while the Bryston is at $9,800 MSRP (or somewhere in that ballpark), so the comparison isn't really fair. Still, I feel the Bryston is worth every penny as it is not just somewhat better but it plays in a completely different league!
Therefore, I am anxious to hear about your impressions!
BTW, the SP-3 is that good that even JBL Synthesis, part of the Harman family, made it the pre/pro of their choice. Might just be another indication that the SP-3 is one of the very very best pre/pros out there...