Ok...so here I am another "nostalgic" Lexcon owner. I go way back with Lexicon from DC-1 to CP-3 to MC4 to MC12, but don't have HDMI. Use two subs, rears and side surrounds. Use HD Fury's to connect Blu-Ray and DirecTv to the Lex and run 1080P component to projector. I LOVE the sound I get and can't imagine it better. Not sure anymore my ears still capable of discerning "better". I think Logic 7's matrixed 7.1 from 5.1 or even 2 ch works amazingly well. Listen to vinyl via external photo preamp into Lex. Sounds great. Movie sound terrific. CD, DVD. Have nothing to complain about the picture I am getting via the HDFury workarounds. For the other Lexicon owners here, I more than understand the reluctance to ?"upgrade" to a lower priced, but new-fangled processor when I love what I've got. I don't think that that any of the Lex owners mentioned how the Loudness contour on these units is really special, like no other equipment on the market; and after some doing, Lex really got the Bass management right. BUT...I'm intrigued. If I'm going to move from the Lex, I want to do it right on the first try. Do I wait another few months to get info about hands on experience with the quality of the new Emotiva XMC-1 coming out? Or is this Marantz 8801 really the cats meow? Come on Marantz owners who've experienced great legacy products of the past... I kind of want to be sold on this, but so far not! And what about price? Marantz says no warranty if not purchased new from authorized dealer for full retail price, yet there are sellers all over the net offering in the $2800 dollar range. Please educate me before I go wrong!
You can not go wrong with the 8801. Just don't pay $2,800. PM me if you want I will try to steer you in the right direction.