Just been on the phone with a guy from CSE Solutions, Lexicon's UK distributor, who is himself just back from Las Vegas. Some points of interest: He says the tonal quality is slightly different from that of the MC-12 - he describes it as "more punchy and upfront". MC-8 (obviously) is limited to eight (7.1) channels rather than twelve. The DACs are not the same as the ones in the MC-12. They're single mode rather than dual mode. There's no bass management available on 5.1-channel analogue inputs, unlike the MC-12. There are slightly fewer inputs, but (unlike the MC-12) it is possible to have two different 5.1 analogue sources connected simultaneously (e.g. 1 DVD-A player and 1 SACD). The UK price will be £5000 for the unbalanced version or £5700 for the balanced. Between April and May only there will be trade-ins available on old Lexicon processors. This will be approximately £1000 for a DC1, £1500 for a DC2 and £2250 for an MC-1. (This is assuming that you're dealing with the most fully-loaded, up-to-date version of each).