should i get this lexicon mc1?

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  1. Bruce.sb

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    Hey everyone -- i wanted to run this by you guys to get your opinion. I have a chance to get a new lexicon mc-1 still in the unopened box for around 2k. The unit was purchased about a year ago but the home theater was never built. The problem is the unit wasnt upgraded to the v4 software, cause i guess that came out within the last year-- but othere then that the unit is being sold as brandnew never opened and the warrenty was never sent in so i would be able to send it in and get the full warrenty. So my question is-- is this a good deal? Is upgrading the software hard? And does all this smell ok?--Ill be able to go look at the unit before i get it--the guy is semi local-- and he said i could get the serial code fromt he box to contact lexicon and make sure all is on the up and up-- any advice would be great --thanks.
     
  2. Philip Brandes

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    V4 upgrade has been out a lot longer than a year. It costs $300 for the upgrade, so you should try to negotiate a reduction for the cost of that.

    About the only advantage to an unopened unit is that if the MC-1 is truly new/unopened, it will be eligible for a trade-in towards Lexicon's upcoming processor.

    One way to verify this is to get the serial number and call Lexicon--they can tell you if the unit has been previously traded in (in which case it's obviously not brand new).

    Good luck,
    Philip Brandes
     
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    You should also be sure that you have no interest in scad or dvd-audio..I'm not sure if lex is gooing to update the software to support newer surround formats..as good as the mc-1 is it is very outdated at this point. Scott
     
  4. Kevin C Brown

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    I agree with GSB.

    Get the Lex if you can afford it, and if you don't mind it not having 5.1 analog passthrough for DVD-A, SACD. I would have, but the lack of a 5.1 passthrough was a deal-breaker for me.

    But Logic 7 might make up for it, depending on how the music/movie balance is in your useage. (Me, 80% music, 20% movies.)
     
  5. Arthur S

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    Bruce

    The MC1 sounds like a good deal. All most always the warranty starts from the date of purchase. You will need the original receipt to establish the original purchase date.

    As for SAC-D and DVD-A, that wouldn't stop me for a minute getting a new MC1 for $2,000+.

    Artie
     
  6. Steve Morgan

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    Bruce, you can pick up the MC-1 with V4 for 2K. I bought one 6 months ago and they sent me the wrong unit without V4 so they called Lex and they sent me the V4 chip. The chip is still in the box. Logic 7 is much better the Ex.I had the Ref 30 so I know IMO how ES and EX sound. Logic 7 beats them hands down. Look around I think you can pick up the Mc-1 for 2k with V4.

    Good Luck,
    Steve
     
  7. TomK

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    Bruce,
    Get the Lexicon and have it upgraded. The Lex is a wonderful unit. As far as DVD-A and SACD you can add a unit like the Sony P9000ES to bypass the Lex and act as a PrePro for those. I have the combination, it's great. I have my Pronto to handle all the switching.
    Check this link:
    Tom
     
  8. Christopher Lyn

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    The lack of the analog bypass for DVD-A and SACD was never a concern for me when I bought my Lex. The unit is so great..love the Logic 7 (maybe one day they will finally agree upon a digital connection with some sort of copyright protection...then you won't have to worry).

    As far as I know there is not much difference between the Ver 4 and Ver 1...just EX/ES processing and a 2 second delay in turning of the front panel display...as for improved processing for Logic 7 or other modes, the ver 4 does not enhance anything else.

    The other thing you should think about, is that, if you are buying the MC-1, because you mostly use your system for home theater, then you should not worry about the DVD-A/SACD compatablility. Buy the unit and enjoy. Definitely try to get a discount of $200 to $300 since it is not a version 4 though.

    Who knows, by the time you actually get a DVD-A/SACD player and that there are enought titles of the music that you listen to, you probably will trade in the MC-1 for the MC-12 or "baby MC-12."
     
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    By all means you should be able to find a MC-1 V.4 for 2K. I paid $2,050 for one new in the box. As for the SACD and DVD-A, checkout the lexicon web page, the MC-8 is out. And Lexicon allows you to trade your older unit in for the new one. I have not heard how much it will cost or how much they will do on a trade in. I have had my MC-1 for about 2 months now and I would not own anything but a Lexicon!!!

    Paul
     
  10. Ricky T

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    What about a rebadged MC1 with V4.0, new with 2 year warranty for about $1850 plus shipping? I've been in contact with this audiogon/ebay seller about this and other JBL Synthesis products. If I didn't already have my MC1, I'd be all over this. Search the completed ebay auctions under Lexicon and you'll see his auctions and 35+ reviews. The S650A 130x5, 80 lb amp for $1100 (retail 4k) looks pretty sweet too. Seller seems to have multiple units of prepros and amps. Would not qualify for Lexicon trade-ins.
    http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.p...roc&1046889173
     

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