Originally Posted by WLC
I started with Aerial, 13 yrs. ago. Current setup is 10t's, CC5, AR3, LR3 and 2 SW12s, all with Sound Anchor Stands. Driven by Bryston Amps, 300 watts across fronts and 250 on sides and back. Lexicon MC-12 is the processor. The mode I use is the Logic 7. I have quite a bit of sound treatment, including bass traps in front corners and sound absorbers along front wall on either side and above the screen on the ceiling and first and second reflection points. The subs are stereo and all speakers are set to "full and sub" which allows me to cross the subs at 80. Of every setting we've tried, my wife and I believe these settings on the speakers provides the richest and most coherent soundstage. There is marvelous clarity and the music just floats in the air, making it impossible to have any sense of which speakers are engaged. Other than using a sound meter and scenes from Last of the Mohicans, we only have our ears. I'm curious as to whether anyone else uses this crossover arrangement. Just as an aside, we love our surround sound so much that we can't imagine wanting to upgrade. I trust that Michael Kelly has come out with some wonderful new products, although since we don't have a local dealer we can't hear them, but his old ones continue to thrill us.
Your system sounds awesome. I was originally looking for 10t's and a CC5, but, came across a great deal on three LR5's. Like you- I was using an MC12 until a few months ago when I purchased a Marantz 8801.
I also felt I had no need to upgrade as the MC12, in my opinion, was about as good as it gets. What convinced me to change was the Audyssey XT32 and its ability to equalize my subwoofer and integrate it seamlessly with my speakers. At first I felt the Lexicon may have had a slight edge in SQ, but, I think I was just used to its sound. Before I sold my Lexicon I changed it back into my system to see if I thought it sounded better. Surprisingly I felt it was a step back from the Marantz. That was when I decided to sell it.
For a long time I just could not convince myself that a Marantz could be an upgrade over my MC12BEQ.