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Duo 15th July 2002 12:14 PM

HUGE theater: need suggestions!
Hey everyone, I'm currently in the planning stages of building a very fancy home theater system. I already have plans and a screen for a 150" projection tv and I have all the speakers, cd player, stuff to build amps, tuners, vcr, video and front end switches and isolation transformers, you name it.

But I need a few suggestions for good DVD players and DTS decoder to look for. I wish to use toslink in my system and I want a decoder that has AUX toslink in's and out's preferrably, but not mandatory. Also, the decoder doesn't need to have an amp as I'm building my own amps for the whole system. As for the DVD player, I'm onto sony ES equipment and the such, but I'm not really big on cash so a medium end dvd will do for starters untill I get real money for one. BTW, any good suggestions for good toslink cables, gold rca connectors and XLR's??? I have all the cable I need for interconnects and a few solid gold rca's, but I'm doing the whole system balanced right to the nines so I want really good xlrs for this. Anybody have ideas???

Thanks, Duo...

halvardf 15th July 2002 12:54 PM


Regarding the decoder, I have just bought a yamaha HRT-5560. This unit contains Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES and Prologic II as well as all the other systems. The best part for this unit is that all channels have pre-out, so you can connect any amplifier you wish.

The sound quality is great!

I bought mine at for $599 but I saw i yesterday on ebay for $399.

You should check this unit out :)


Duo 15th July 2002 01:06 PM

Way cool, that's just the kind of thing I'm looking for!! The price is definately right! Does it have built in amps too or just line outputs, and does it have a toslink input?? Just askin, for that price I can't get too picky:D

halvardf 15th July 2002 04:09 PM


There is a built-in 6 x 75watt amplifier (so they say) But this is not the most powerfull thing, but okay.

As for the digital inputs: 4 Optical (toslink) and 1 Coaxial.
Digital Output: 1 Optical (toslink) and 1 coaxial.


Duo 15th July 2002 04:44 PM

Sounds like a good starter decoder for me to try... It's definately got what I need.

I still need suggestions for a good DVD however. If DVD rom drives for computers have digital outputs like normal cdroms for audio and support DTS then that's waht I'll do. I do know how to make an interface from a standard digital cmos output into a toslink so that's no problem, or I can use coax and avoid conversion to light. I'm just wondering if a DVD rom drive supports DTS that's all...

Duo 16th July 2002 12:37 AM

Any more suggestions anybody???
Any good ideas for a DVD player or one for a computer with DTS digital output.??

halvardf 16th July 2002 01:36 AM

Hello again.

As for the computer DVD player, I don't think that will work :(
But a good standalone suggestion would be a SAMSUNG 602. (I have One). This has both coaxial and optical output. Region free :) Plays DVD, DVD+R and DVD+RW.


planet10 16th July 2002 01:50 AM

How about Sony's new DVD+SACD player?


dc 16th July 2002 02:45 AM


Take a look at The DiO provides SPDIF and TOSlink. I have a Delta 410 and I'm very happy with it. But, eventually, I'd like to get the soundcard out of the computer in a separate rackmount box to eliminate power supply noise and perhaps reduce jitter. I have the feeling that M-Audio is going to come out with a new product aimed at the home theater market, soon, so I'm waiting. Also, if you want to go all out, take a look at the Lynx2 soundcard.

According to my understanding, DTS and other decoding is done via software, such as PowerDVD. There are many threads on this topic in the Home Theater Computers (HTPC) section of I'm still building the active XO's for my rear channels, so I haven't done this, yet, but, I know that several people on the htpc forum are doing this successfully already.

I have a pc connected to my RPTV, cable box and stereo. The computer is being used as a DVD player, line doubler, HDTV decoder, jukebox and preamplifier. Properly set up, many would say an htpc rivals the best stand-alone components, plus, an htpc provides much more flexibility and upgradeability.

Best of luck.


Duo 16th July 2002 06:15 AM

Well, basically I wanted a DVD rom with toslink or spdif out cause I do want to use an external DTS decoder. But I think my best bet is a stand alone DVD.

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