Looking for a bare minimum processor for my HT. Only have a DVD player audio connected to my current Lexicon DC1 (which is on life support) and amp outputs. Video connected directly to projector. Anyone aware of such a processor?
From my point of view, a Lexicon DC-1 and the other high-end processors in its price range cannot be considered a "bare minimum processor" by any stretch of the imagination. Have you considered trading it in for an MC series unit?
Just what is it that you're looking for? What price range? What features?
I probably should have been more specific. The DC1 is a great unit but I only use it's audio featues. I am looking for a processor strickly for HT movie audio so I'm not concerned with using it for music. I do not require any video functions as the MC and many medium/high end units have. Basically as few bells and whistles as possible. The less features the better. I don't know if there is anything out there for me but I thought i'd ask.
Tanzy54, May I ask what the problem is that you are having with the DC-1?
The Lexicon DC-1 should be everything you're looking for, with outstanding performance with HT audio and little on the video side. If it has been upgraded to the current level it should have all of the decoding abilities other than DTS-ES discrete.
It is over 5 years old, upgraded to V4.0. Losing rear channels, intermittent. Lex wants me to send it back for repair but I think given the age, I believe it's time to upgrade. Being my HT system is used solely to watch movies, I do not require a processor with many features.
I think, after hearing your requirements, that you already have the processor you're looking for. Do you in fact have a DC-1? If so, do you have a 7 speaker set-up? And if you do, don't you watch movies in Logic 7?There are brand new processors on the market that are still technically inferior and don't have the capabilites of V.4 DC-1. I can't see how (again, considering your requirements) a fully loaded 5 year-old DC-1 doesn't suit your needs. Maybe you should just send it in for a tune up.
Hey, I will be happy to take that piece of crap loaded DC-1 off your hands
Seriously, see what it costs get that thing fixed, if anything. If the problems happened right after your v4 upgrade, then you can blame your current problems on that upgrade and hopefully have it fixed under warranty.
Yes I did. It appeared to work for a while but maybe that was not the problem. The sound appears to fade. I even soldered the connections no help. I live on an island with intermitent power problems. Many spikes, low voltage, etc which takes it's toll on my equipment. I do have everything on surge/power conditioners but they can only protect for so long.
Yes I changed cables and even tried switching amps. No help. What I am looking for is more what they have in actual movie theaters, just a sound processor. I know the DC1 is probably the closest thing I wil find to what I am looking for but doesn't hurt to ask around. With Lexicon announcing they will no longer upgrade the DC and MC1 units, I just feel it's time to move on. You don't want to through good money after bad, not that the DC1 is bad, just old.
If you can lay your hands on a Harman Kardon Signature 2.0 that'll probably be great, and cheap too. Else, the Rotel RSP-976 is pretty affordable and simple. If you want to go even cheaper, just get a cheaper receiver with pre-outs.
Have you thought about a Bryston SP-1? It is limited in features, but is long on sound quality. I've auditioned one, and I was very impressed. I will be placing a order for one, for a Christmas gift to myself. The 20 year warranty and promise of a new upgrade soon, makes it a contender. Regards, pete
While Bryston's warranty is impressive,especially for amplifiers,who can possible plan on keeping a HT processor for anything approaching 20 years? I wonder how many board members have gone more than 5 years. Hmmm.
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