Here's the story on the 96 Surround, as well as a bit more on the regular PCM96. The surround box is the big brother--it has everything that's in the regular 96 -- all of the DSP, all of the presets. You can swap mono and stereo presets between the boxes using your CF card. If you treat it purely as a stereo or mono box, then it differs only in I/O. You can run all the algorithms with independent I/O for each channel (so now you've got those two independent stereos you wanted). For surround applications, we added algorithms for four and five channels (all of the 'verbs, delays, chorus, shift, resonance, etc), there's even a six-channel configuration, but pitch shift is the only algorithm that we'll support at first ship in six channel. I should point out that these are true
surround algorithms, not dual-stereo.
The PCM96 Surround will be available in two forms: analog plus AES, and AES only (Firewire in both). The more expensive unit will be about $4000. We're planning to ship in December of this year.
The V2 code for the PCM96 will be available in a few weeks from now. In addition to further improvements in streaming performance, we'll be providing several new pitch shift algorithms. You'll simply grab the code from the web site and download to your box. No screwdrivers or EPROMS required.
For those of you who missed it, you might enjoy this recent announcement from the METalliance: METAlliance Certifies Lexicon PCM96 - BroadcastNewsroom
These guys are some of the best engineers in the business and we really appreciate their endorsement.
I hope some of you made it to AES so that you could hear the box. San Francisco is an awfully expensive city to visit, but perhaps if you're close by you managed to make it in. Maybe I even had a chance to talk with a few of you.