Since the whole dvd-a thing wasnt entirely set in stone (in terms of data encryption and compression (mlp)) when lexicon put the mc-1 out, they included these 3 "digital pipelines" in the unit. you can find them in the form of inputs ABC on the back of the box. Each can handle 2 channels of digital audio decoding. No signal processing is done to these inputs. Im not sure if the bass management is used on these inputs or if they will just put out a full range signal. Anyhow the signal will need to be decrypted and as I understand it, its lexicon's plan to come out with a decryption/decompression box that will take, lets just say for argument, a firewire output from a dvd player, de-encrypt it, decompress it, and then turn it into the 3 datastreams needed for the mc-1. perhaps this box will also make use of the rs-232 pc interface the mc-1 has.
So the mc-1 is like a hd-ready rptv. The box itself is ready for dvd-a, but youll need a "tuner" to turn it into a format the mc-1 can digest; and youll need a new dvd player.
Thats my understanding of the situation.
[This message has been edited by aerialman (edited January 09, 2000).]