The Lexicon MPX 500 in my opinion is the best new unit money can buy for under $1,000. It is a welcome addition to any live PA, or project studio.
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
The Lexicon MPX 500 is a 24-Bit dual channel processor. It uses 5 knobs on the front panel, one to chose your program and the other four to edit the parameters. The MPX 500 has 270 programs (240 Factory and 30 User). There are more than 30 effects (many unbelievable reverbs). The delay is capable of 5.5 seconds of delay time. There is a tap button on the front panel as well. When you find a delay you like you can just tap the button twice to the beat of the music and it is right in time with it. It is a stero unit with true stero reverb algorithms. It also has programs capable of duel mono. (a lot of reverbs and delays together) The LCD display is large and easy to read even in the darkest Night Club.
The back panel has S/PDIF Digital input and output, Balanced XLR analog input and output, and TRS 1/4" analog input and output. There is also an LCD contrast on the back panel. No wall wart for this unit... it is a standard computor power supply plug.
What can I say about the sound quality of this unit... it's a Lexicon. The reverbs in this unit are extremely smooth and sweet. It really does have a stunning sound to it. The delays, reverbs, even the pitch shift, are of the highest quality you will ever find in a unit in this price range. The unit is worth every penny for the famous Lexicon reverbs alone. The unit is very quiet. I use mine for recording in my project studio. The only negeative thing about it is: when you switch between programs there is a slight bit of phasing. (it kind of sounds like a really light flange when you are going between progams) It is probably about a quartar of a second or so and it's not really that bad.
Although it is fairly easy to use, you do have to read the manual. It took me a little bit of time with it to get used to it. However, the presets in this unit are so good you may never have to store any programs in the user section. It does take a bit of playing with it and refering to the manual until you get the hang of it.
Durablility with this unit is a nonissue.... it is after all a Lexicon. The company is world famous for not only there sound quality but also the pounding there units can take.