Lex mc -1 ..will I be blown away?

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  1. TommyL

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    I'm having a tough time making the call on one of these...I use a marantz sr8200 right now..(studio 40's/20's/B4+ svs sub/ denon 1600 dvd player) I use it mostly for Home theater..but music is important...will a combo like sherbourn 5/5120 / lexicon mc-1 blow away my marantz, or not? I hate to waste a few hours driving before I get some good info....if the difference is subtle, I'd rethink this more...but the mc-1 is down there in price now...thoughts? My dealer here sells anthem...and integra...so the anthem avm20 is a possibility too...any info/comparisons you have done would be great thanks much..tl
     
  2. Jonathann_K

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    I just got a used Lexicon MC-1 - upgraded from some old Kenwood reciever - the difference is amazing.. IMHO, no way you will regret your decision

    Jonathann
     
  3. TommyL

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    thanks for the input...anyone else? It is a older model...I wonderif the anthem avm20 may suit my needs better...I want the ability to listen to dvd-a also...thanks again! tl
     
  4. Holger

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    tommy,

    the lex mc-1 will blow your socks off, regarding in playback movie soundtracks. however, it may not fulfill your requirements in regards of music playback. the mc-1 lacks an analog 5.1 input, so dvd-a/sacd is not an option on this otherwise outstanding processor. on the other hand: the mc-1's *music logic*, *music surround* and *panorama* modes, can give you such an impressive surround presentation of all common two channel music recordings, that dvd-a/sacd in my opinion is totally unnecessary. if you have a chance to pick a mc-1 up for a good price, you should at least reconsider it twice, to take it or not.


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  5. TommyL

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    so, sell the marantz, and pick up a lexicon mc-1 and a sherbourn 5/5120 amp...(this amp sounds great with digm studios)...does the lex mc-8 allow for dvd-a? damn...now I'm in a hole![​IMG] does the lex sound that good with cd's...using logic 7? Cuz, I'm about to drop 150 bucks on 6 cables for dvd-a...thoughts? tom
     
  6. Holger

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    tommy,

    yes the mc-8 is capable of playing back dvd-a/sacd since the lexicon guys spent an analog 5.1 input on this one.
    the logic7 mode on the mc-1 is IMO mainly developed for the playback of movie soundtracks. of course it also can be *abused* [​IMG] for music sources as well, but i prefer the *music logic* mode by far. in the new mc-8 the *music logic* mode is now called *logic7 music* and the mc-1's *music surround* and *panorama* modes are available as well. although all those modes were rewritten by the lex designers for further improvements in channel separation, inner detail, overall performance etc. BUT: the lex mc-8 has a suggested retail price for 6000/7000 (excluding tax)dollars and you should be able to find a mc-1 for about 2000-3000 bucks (including tax), maybe even less.

    the music modes on the mc-1 (like on all lex processors) are so good, that i often prefer the 2channel pcm stereo track played back in such a mode over a discrete dolby digital or dts track on some dvd's (eagles hell freezes over for example). i would strongly recommend to give the mc-1/mc-8 with a few of your favorite cd's dvd's a long and good listen. it certainly will change your idea of what you've heard to date and open your eyes (ears).

    i also strongly recommend, you should consider to build a 7.1 surround system around you. even with a 5.1 system the lexicon processors beat the hell out of all the competitors in the so-called *high-end* market, but with a 7.1 logic7 optimized system you will get the brightest star and the full glory what those things are able to do, trust me on that.


    regards, holger
     
  7. TommyL

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    here we go[​IMG] I guess its worth my time to go and take a listen to both of them...its a few hours away...don't want to waste my time nor anyone elses..hence, me posting this thread. Hard for me to believe movies can come alive that much![​IMG] thanks for the input! tom
     
  8. Holger

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    tommy,

    i promise, you will not waste your time. just make sure, the dealer understands what he is talking about and make sure you listen to a proper calibrated and excellent build up 7.1 system. the difference will be day and night to anything else you have heard to date. happy listening [​IMG]


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    Agree with holger above - just listen for yourself - once you go Logic 7 you will never want any other kind of DSP. I thought I would never listen to music in surround, but music logic 7 totally changed my mind.. now I dont think I will ever listen to music in 2 chan!

    Jonathann
     
  10. TommyL

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    Thanks Guys...would you say the mc-8 is leaps and bounds above the mc-1? or even the avm20? I may step up to the plate with it also...I'm trying to get 3-4 different pro's..mc-1, mc-8, anthem avm20...fun stuff...spendy too lol...grr..you guys are killin me!...tl
     
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    Tommy,

     
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    I just traded my MC-1 for the MC-8. I thought the MC-1 was a step above the Ref 30 for HT and music with L7. the MC-8 is a whole different ball game. To my ears a big improvment over the MC-1 better seperation in the front channels,better surround steering, more aggressive surrounds and the DAC's are a step above the MC-1. I have a Von Schweikert 7.1 set-up and the MC-8 breathed new life into the speaks. The noise floor was low on the MC-1 and is the same or better on the 8. I pick up much more detail on the 8. It has the latest in sound formats and more flexibility in crossovers. As you can tell I'm estatic about the MC-8[​IMG] I have had it a week and still can't get the smile off my face! This and the PB2 has greatly improved my system.
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  13. TommyL

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    I think I'm taking the drive tomorrow morning to listen to a few processors...with the lex mc-8 on the top of my list..hopefully I can get in and take a listen to a few others for curiosity[​IMG] (he is a krell/arcam yada yada dealer...so he has some other goodies as well. if all goes well, my marantz 8200, which is a damn good piece for the money, will be on the trade block[​IMG]...don't get me wrong..this thing is nice, but I have a few bucks NOW...and I may not later lol...[​IMG] thanks for the input btw! Hopefully I'll finally get to hear the logic 7...man, why can't anyone in my area be a home theater/music person...and buy "other" things for comparison????....[​IMG]
     
  14. Jason Brent

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    Isn't there a mod for the MC-1 for 5.1 analog inputs?
     
  15. Shawn Fogg

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    Jason,

    MSB might be able to mod a MC-1 to add a 5.1 input to it for $385. Otherwise the Sony 6 channel pre-amp is an option.

    Shawn
     

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