I'm glad Chris was able to help you. He also replaced the power supply in my MC12 last year. It is too bad about the SMR forums, but, you can't expect a strong following of supporters for a manufacturer that is not participating in the latest technologies, and, developing new products.
Chris was also a regular on SMR forums.
Hi Chris.thanks to Susan I will be checking in here from ftime to time and I subscribed to the thread.
I'm also a long time member of AVS dating back to the early CRT and HTPC days.
Not the end of the worlds, there's a SVS EQ1 and Antimode- I've added that to my MC-8.Hi Chris.
I'm glad to see you are here on AVS! There are still quite a few Lexicon owners here that appreciate the sound quality of their pre/pros. Even though their products are aging, and, they have not kept up with the latest technologies, they still sound excellent.
I am still kicking around the SDP40 we corresponded about a few weeks ago. What is holding me back is not having (automatic) room correction to EQ my subwoofer.
My Lex may have died (getting kind of cross talk across speakers and no volume control) - will call Pyramid or one of the authorized centers tomorrow but a bit bummed.
May be time to replace the trusted friend that has served me so well for years. What processor are people generally replacing their units with ? Never had a desire to change till now.
I replaced my MC12Bv5EQ with a Marantz 8801.
I must admit that I miss my Lexicon and still think it did "some things" better. I was a Lexicon user for 15 years and had grown very accustomed to their sound, and, vowed to myself to be loyal to Lexicon.
The MC12B definitely provided a "higher end sound" regarding airiness, crispness, separation and sparkling highs (pardon my adjectives). However, the Marantz has Audyssey XT32 EQ, HDMI connectivity/switching, on-board decoding of hi-rez formats, network control, and has a warranty since I was able to buy new with a significant discount. The bass in my room sounds much better than it did with the older Lexicon EQ software.
I was curious a while back and put my Lexicon back into my system to see if I wanted to go back. Surprisingly I preferred the sound of the Marantz. I think maybe its a bit of internal bias that wanted the Lexicon to sound better.
If I go back into a higher end piece it will be a Meridian 861, Classe SSP800, Anthem D2v, or Theta Casablanca (used of course). But, to be honest, the Marantz is so good that the purchase price of a higher end piece would be hard to justify; especially with how quick new formats are being brought into the market.
Thanks for the response. Yes we Lexicon guys are a loyal bunch aren't we. I too have had Lex for some 15 years through the various versions of the DC and then MC lineup. I just spoke with Pyramid Audio and they think may be my power supply which I will send in to fix
Though perhaps it is time to move on and another friend just recommended the Marantz to me too. The Marantz 8802 come out next month. So now have the change fever. Taking the Lex out today to send to repair. May not have the patience to hook at the cables back in and just stay HDMI (since I have the non HDMI version) with the Marantz. Decisions/choices.
Thanks for your input.
it is fairly common for some switching power supplies to have their electrolytic capacitors eventually dry up after 15+ years of running 24/7... it is a bummer, but it happens... replace them and live happily ever after for the next 15 years or so...I've heard that it's pretty common for aging MC-12's to experience power supply failure. Does anyone know the specifics? Does (in most cases) the existing power supply need to be recapped, or are there additional parts that need to be repaired/replaced?
probably...Are OEM power supplies available, and if so - what do they run without installation fees?
bad caps tend to show up once power has been cut for a while and they really have a chance to drain...My unit is still pretty stable. In fact in the last 11 years or so I rarely powered the unit down from the back switch. I only do this if I need to make an occasional change to the rear panel I/O configuration.
there was no v2EQ firmware,EQ didn't start to v4....It came with V2.00 software on it, but i have recently managed to get hold of a brand new EQ Upgrade board and a set of the Lexicon 4 Mic kit, upgraded to V2.00 EQ Software and all seems to work as it should, was fairly expensive getting the Mic's and EQ board, but i think worth it in the end. Was having a play last night and realised i wasn't getting the 7.1 HD Direct, anyone any ideas why that would be ?
Sure not getting with firmware for HD and regular MC-12? Pretty sure version 2 is latest for HD, and 5.25 for non HD versionthere was no v2EQ firmware,EQ didn't start to v4....
to got from v2 -> v3 you needed a little upgrade board... once you had the upgrade, the it is just (free) software to upgrade to the latest v5.25EQ
if you are not at v5.25EQ I would highly recommend upgrading as it fixed some bugs, yours may be one of those bugs, but I am not sure?