AV Processor Recommendations Requested - Replacing Lexicon MC-12B

fimillerny@mac.com -- Sat, 10/22/2011 - 17:15

 I have a Lexicon MC-12B that I have loved. I am now upgrading to HDMI Plasma and LED/LCD TVs and am looking for an alternative that will give the sound quality that I have enjoyed but will support HDMI 1.4a. I am trying to be reasonable this time. The MC-12B was $10K and the new MP-21 has suggested retail of $14K which, in my view, is silly given the way technology moves forward. I would like to keep the price below $5K, if possible, but I am flexible if the processor supports firmware and modular upgrades to protect against obsolescence. Recommendations?
(BTW, I posted same topic in audio)

JLeeMD -- Wed, 10/26/2011 - 14:41

Cary Audio's Pre/Pro fits your bill...

fimillerny@mac.com -- Tue, 11/08/2011 - 18:58

Thanks. My AV guy is recommending the NAD M15HD or T187. Not sure there is a real diff between the two except the T187 is $2000 cheaper, is newer and includes a tuner and Audyssey set up - which means it looks like the better choice unless there is a qualitative difference in audio and video.


Snowrider -- Mon, 11/14/2011 - 18:18

Consider the Statement D2v.
I used the MC-12B with room correction for a number of years starting from version 1.0. I went went through a thorough review of what was on the market last year and selected the Anthen Statement D2v mostly for its audio performance. I am very pleased with the performance improvement and surprised that the Lexicon faired so poorly in comparison. After all I had spent a fortune buying it and upgrading it along the way.
The D2v does a great job with my 24/192 digital stream and plays it through the ARC room correction. No D to A and A to D. A night and day improvement over the Lexicon. I use my D2v to listen to music a lot which I did not do with my Lexicon. In fact, the D2v is so good I dismantled my two-channel Levinson 360S / 380S / 333 and moved my Martin Logans into my theater as my fronts.
I also noticed a large improvemnt in the video performance with clarity and color.

JLeeMD -- Mon, 11/14/2011 - 18:21

Anthem costs significantly more than $5k. Michael Fremer raved about Cary Audio's Pre/Pro stating that its performance is on par with high end preamps.

Snowrider -- Wed, 11/16/2011 - 10:18

The Cary Cinema 12 looks great and at $5k appears to be good value. Too bad it wasn't on the market when I was!

fimillerny@mac.com -- Wed, 11/16/2011 - 12:43

The Anthem is an excellent processor but it is $8K in the US. Decided to get the NAD M15 HD2 that is available in late Dec. It's $4500 list - a relativel good buy.


enriquecampuzan... -- Sat, 12/17/2011 - 22:40

You can either go with the Anthem AVM-50v for $5500.00 or the Integra DHC-80.3 for $2600.00 Just make sure you have great amplification and speakers. I would go for the Integra Processor, it has everything you need and them some!, plus sounds GREAT. The High-End brands cannot keep up with the latest technology and that includes Lexicon which is owned by Harman.

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