"Ultimate" Pre/Pro up to $10K. Imagine...

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  1. Scott-C

    Scott-C Supporting Actor

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    ...that you have up to $10,000 to spend on a pre/pro, primarily for HT use, and you are interested in getting the highest-quality sonic movie performance possible and would also like to have access to all the latest DSP formats (i.e. DD5.1, EX, DTS + matrix and discrete, DPLII, etc.). This piece would eventually control the sound in a dedicated HT environment set up with acoustic treatments, etc.
    Upgradeability/futureproofing is important to you, and you're looking for a pre/pro from a company that is committed to supporting your product and has the ability to be easily upgraded as new sound formats become available.
    You would also like this component to have analog inputs for DVD Audio/SACD.
    While you're willing to spend the whole wad on a pre/pro if it is substantially better than others, you are also looking to determine if there are less expensive pre/pros that provide equivalent sonic quality/features. You don't want to compromise sound quality, however, just to save a few bucks.
    Which pre/pros would you demo/evaluate?
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    The Lexicon MC-12b all the way! [​IMG]
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    I would check out the Proceed PAV/PDSD unit from Madrigal.
    it's in the 10K range for the combo, it will do everything you ask, and it sounds fantastic. Proceed is very consumer friendly, and the unit is easily upgraded. I run mine with a Proceed DVD player (which is also the best sounding CD player I ever heard). An awesome system, definitely worth checking out.
    Mark Levinson (Madrigal's flagship line of components) will be coming out with a similar unit soon, but the price will most likely be in the 40K range.
     
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    The Theta Casablanca II with extreme DAC's.
    Here is a review. http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...r-10-2001.html
     
  6. Bhagi Katbamna

    Bhagi Katbamna Supporting Actor

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    The CBII would be much more than $10K configured with Xtreme DACs. But since this post asks "Imagine..."
     
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    Lexicon MC12b all the way. It decodes virtually every format and does an excellent job doing it. Lexicon has done a great job future proofing it also. They have a very aggressive trade in policy also. Check out the review for the Lex in this months HT Magazine. I would love to pair this thing up with a Cinepro 3k6II amp!
     
  8. NathanP

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    Yup, the Lexicon MC-12..
     
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    I'd buy a Meridian 861 myself.
     
  10. Scott-C

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    So, we have:
    Lexicon MC-12B
    Tag AV192R
    Proceed PAV/PDSD
    Theta Casablanca II with extreme DAC's
    Meridian 861
    Any other "contendors" for the ultimate in sonic HT quality/features
     
  11. Bhagi Katbamna

    Bhagi Katbamna Supporting Actor

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    I don't think the Meridian 861 is under $10,000
     
  12. Scott-C

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    Lexicon MC-12B is $1,000 (list) more than Lex MC-12. Is the balanced version "worth it"? Are there situations where it would not be worth it (i.e. short wire run between controller and amps)?
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    Dalton,
    Do you have the Lex MC-12B? If so, I'd love to hear about your impressions in greater detail. Ever heard it paired with the Cinepro? That was a combination I've been mulling over for a little while now...(though I haven't heard it).
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