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Press Release

Lexicon Debuts MC-12 and MC-12 Balanced Digital Controllers

Bedford, MA (May 14, 2001): With over 30 years of setting benchmarks in digital signal processing for both the professional and consumer markets, Lexicon, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of the highly anticipated MC-12 and MC-12 Balanced Digital Controllers. These processors will be positioned above the award winning MC-1 and DC-2 Digital Controllers. With leading-edge audio processing technology, and a unique new industrial design, the MC-12 and MC-12 Balanced will continue Lexicon's preeminence in the high-end home theater market.

The MC-12 is a 12-channel digital controller with 12 configurable inputs and 3 independent zones: Main, Zone-2 and Record. Beyond the standard 5.1 outputs, the MC-12 adds Rear Left/Right and Subwoofer Left/Right outputs. Additionally, the MC-12 Balanced provides balanced audio outputs via XLR connectors for the Main and Zone-2 outputs.

Inside and out, the MC-12 is designed with an eye toward the future. The rear panel has Auxiliary Left/Right outputs to provide additional audio channels and a removable access plate to accommodate connectors for new technologies. Inside, three expansion slots are available for future upgrades. The systems software can be upgraded in the field via the RS 232 port.

Lexicon's proprietary Logic 7® technology creates a 7.1 channel output from any input. Unlike many decoders, Logic 7 is compatible with most input signals and requires no special encoding. Because the improvement it provides is clearly audible, Logic 7 is widely recognized as the finest surround decoder available for music and film.

Dolby® Digital, THX Surround EX", dts®, dts-ES 6.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II are also included. THX® Ultra certification guarantees that the MC-12 meets the highest standards set forth by Lucasfilm's Home THX division.

Four Analog Devices SHARC® 32-bit DSP engines provide enormous processing power. Custom algorithms process 24-bit/96kHz audio in all listening modes. A fifth processor, Cirrus Logic's Crystal® 49326 DSP decodes dts, dts-ES, Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II audio sources. The three expansion slots make it possible to more than quadruple the processing power available.

Input configuration allows the user to assign any source to any input. The MC-12 will automatically switch between digital and analog sources. The intuitive user interface, with color on-screen display, makes it easy to choose the appropriate speaker configuration. Three subwoofer outputs and sophisticated routing provide intelligent bass management.

Analog sources are processed at 96kHz. Digital sources use a two-stage phase lock loop for extremely low intrinsic jitter with high rejection. Each main audio output incorporates 24-bit/192kHz Digital-to-Analog converters operating in dual differential mode to ensure the highest quality performance. There are two broadcast-quality video switchers. The ultra-wide bandwidth component video switcher accepts any analog component or RGB video input signal. The S- and composite video switcher accommodates high quality NTSC, PAL, or SECAM video input signals.

With its unique combination of power, flexibility, and expandability, the MC-12 is equipped for the needs of today and the demands of tomorrow. Combined with Lexicon's unparalleled history of providing attractive upgrade options, it represents a solid investment. Details are forthcoming on Lexicon's trade-in promotion.

The Harman Consumer Systems Group (HCSC) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The Group's brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Proceed and Audioaccess.

HCSG is a division of Harman International Industries, Inc. Harman International ( is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio and video products for the consumer and professional markets. The Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HAR."

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Prices for the U.S.:
MC-12 $8,995. (Available July)
MC-12 Balanced $9,995. (Available August)
MC-12 to MC-12 Balanced factory upgrade $1,250. (Available August)


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