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Old 7th January 2005, 04:56 PM   #1
matjans is offline matjans  Netherlands
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Default surround processors anyone?


I'm planning on integrating my home theater setup with my main stereo system. I'm looking for a surround processor/preamp (dd, dts) but i can only find *really* expensive stuff.

Does anybody know of anything that's not as expensive as the meridian or rotel stuff?

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Old 7th January 2005, 05:10 PM   #2
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The Technics SH-AC500D comes to mind.

Another option is to just find a surround receiver with preamp outs and use that as a decoder, which would also give you a couple spare channels of amplification if you needed them.
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Old 8th January 2005, 01:41 AM   #3
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Originally posted by r0cket-
The Technics SH-AC500D comes to mind.
Got this one for really cheap, have it hooked straight up to my amp.

Has had some great reviews, build quality looks good.

Only a few small problems, you have to press the DTS button when you want to decode dts. and I dont think it can do any processing on the line in, inputs (cant do stereo into 5.1 for example). But it can for the digital input.

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If you want 6.1 for the future, buy something else.

oh and its not a preamp, it only attenuates the signal.
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Old 8th January 2005, 02:26 AM   #4
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get an inexpensive surround-sound receiver and just dont use the amps... you can get some decent ones for a few hundred. some of the cheaper denons are great, and most all have pre-outs.


oops! didnt see this already suggested! sorry. but still a great idea
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Old 8th January 2005, 02:42 AM   #5
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I picked up a DPR-1001 really cheap on eBay. 7.1 processing. Analog outs are a little cheesy, but probably as good as anything else in this price range. Although the design isn't top notch, they did spend some time thinking about the board layout.
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Old 8th January 2005, 01:17 PM   #6
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hi, first post. i have the technics unit listed above which i bought as my first system when it came in a package with a reciever. you are correct about the line input but mine will automatically switch from prologic to dd to dts depending on what i send to it through the digital imputs.
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