For kicks, I decided to pick up a minty Lexicon CP-3 with original manuals, both remotes, etc. I've heard really good things about Lexicon as processors, and even though this is from 1993 with severely dated processing abilities (Pro Logic & early THX standards), this thing is awesome!
I haven't even hooked it up yet, but I can already think of about twenty reasons why I'm happy to dropped a bit of cash on it, including but not limited to:
- I can now claim I own a Lexicon pre/pro. Will be updating my sig shortly.
- It retailed for $3300, so something about it must be cool
- It is totally customizeable, including naming inputs, setting every kind of level possible, etc. Also, all processing fuctions can be turned completely off with the touch of either of the TWO remotes.
- I looks and feels like a $3300 retail piece of equipment. This one is particularly minty, and I feel will bring some class to my budget 2-channel setup.
- While my current and a recently bought preamp sound great and have many of the features I want (like Phono input), they are not remote capable. This thing is, and I can hook up the pre as an input for my phono listening. Everything will (hopefully) sound the same and be volume remote controllable now.
- It says LUCASFILM THX on the front, so someone will surely pay 2X more than it's worth just for that logo :)
- The manual is very well written
If anyone else has tried one of these babies out, let me know. I'm thinking it will be around until I decide to drop $400-$500 on a newer preamp that will have all the functionality I need. But, this seems like a very fun, and cheap way to get the results I'm looking for.
Pics whenever I have time.