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I didn't start this post, knowing you would want to read my review of a processor that's been out for awhile....but to just give the forum my perspective as an average owner of good quality electronics, but nothing that anyone would classify as "high-end." Below is a list of what I own:


Mits RPTV WS-55805

Sony 7700 (modified by MSB Tech with their progrssive board)

RCA DTC-100

Pioneer LD player

Martanz MA-700 monoblock amps (7)

Richard Gray Power Company 400's (4)

Atlantic Technology 350 series speakers

Atlantic Tech. 257's for center rears

SVsubwoofer (2)

Extron VGA switcher

Bettercables (all throughout the system)


All are items that I have researched and love each one. The one item that was missing was a digital processor. I had been using my former Denon 5700 and most recently a Technics 500 (until I could decide on a product)


I, like everyone have been waiting for the outlaw 950. During this time, I read many posts here and at the Home Theater forum about the Lexicon units and Logic 7. This feature was what I was looking for......center rears (as in both right and left) with stereo. With the added benefit of being in a market when the former flagship (MC-1) was available for one third of the list price of $6,000 through the (preowned) trade-in program for the MC-12.


What did the Lex do for my HT sound system? I saw numerous improvements (I used soundtracks that I used many times to demo for others...so I knew what I was listening to for the sake of comparison):


1) Better detail. This was very evident in the surrounds. The rears showed great detail during Saving Pri. Ryan. Effects that I had never heard/noticed before


2) True panning effects stood out....both in acuracy and richness of sound. The Episode One soundtrack was amazing. The over all perspective of being in the middle of all the action was more intense than before.


3) More bass than I could ever want....I still trying to bring the bass down a notch (too much for my wife).


4) A full/rich soundstage is created. I was always happy with the Denon's front sound stage...but the Lex created a rich fuller sound and better accuracy in right and left detail...no bleeding from the center. But the most improvement came in the rear soundstage. In the fact, that now I have one! As I said in the above comments, I feel like I'm directly in the middle of the action (when the soundtrack dictates).


Bottomline: Am I happy with this high end unit at $2,000, you bet!!! Would I have paid $6,000...not on god's green earth. 1) I don't want to spend that kind of money for my HT gear (unless it's a FPTV ). 2) I'd have to upgrade my speakers and room acoustical treatments to really take full advantage of what the Lexicon can do.


Again, this is not a vanity post. It's just I have always wondered (and I thought some of you might too) what a high end upgrade might do for a system and would I get the best bang for the buck (thanks SVS & Bettercables). The answer is not at the MSRP price.


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Ron Boster
 

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Good comments - my thoughts exactly.

I too picked up a bargain MC-1 recently.


How it deals with ambient information ( surrounds ) is impressive. With scenes such as rain or environmental sounds, or a crowd of people, the MC-1 presents a detailed, wide, room-filling soundscape. Panning is superb too.


I commented earlier this week that I thought the processing sections of receivers to be "similar", possibly due to them using the same decoding chips as everyone else. Units such as Lexicon and EAD, who wrote their own steering code, present a sonic uniqueness compared to that built-into a receiver.


You can't go wrong with the an MC-1 for $2000 or a loaded DC-2 for $1500, as offered by AVS last month.


- Andy
 

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Once you here L7 it`s hard to listen to 5.1 ever again:D and at 2,000 Unbeatable,


have fun,


ts
 

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Good to see a few were able to pick up a bargin.


So the question on my lips and probably everyone elses is when and where to find mc1 and dc2 at the prices stated?


You guys have all the fun over there. What about us in the land down under.

cheque book ready!!:D
 

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Now that I have the multi high-def source into one input solved (was never thinking a simple fix such as 'Y' cabling) I am free to go back to receivers I skipped over because of the lack of component switching. So I am wondering what people think between the MC-1 and the EAD Theatermaster Signature? Two others I am looking at are the Proceed AVP and the Krell HTS. Any thoughts?
 

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Has anyone a ny insight into where the TAG McLaren with its 7.1 outputs fits into this picture? panning? surround? It also has DPLII.
 
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