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Old 21st October 2004, 08:19 PM   #1
Luke123 is offline Luke123  Canada
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Default About Dolby digital processors...

Sorry, I'm new to this.
Is there a manufacturer who have a Dolby or Dolby/DTS processor that simply take the digital output from a DVD player and produces the analog decoded 5.1 output channels?
Not the regular Dolby processor with all the controls, but only the converters's functions.
Please don't kick me!

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Old 22nd October 2004, 08:18 AM   #2
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I've personly never seen or heard of one.
There definately units that still have onboard amps but also have 5.1 pre-outs.
Just google around for your answer
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Old 22nd October 2004, 11:44 AM   #3
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I have been searching for such devices for a long time, with limited success. They are very rare, but they do exist. Unfortunately they tend to all be rather low-quality looking things, but I haven't tried any yet, having not found that had the features I want. Some of them are Dolby Digital only, some also do DTS.

Here's a list of all I have found so far:
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Old 22nd October 2004, 02:44 PM   #4
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You can also try these.
The Carver to me looks the same as the Audiosource.
The Lexicon I believe is the better brand.
They all use the analog source .
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Old 22nd October 2004, 02:58 PM   #5
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Technics SH-AC300 (DD only)
Technics SH-AC500 (DD/DTS)

Both are long out of production but often found on ebay.
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Old 22nd October 2004, 03:16 PM   #6
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Or look for a DVD player with a built in Decoder. They're out there, and i think some are still made.........
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Old 22nd October 2004, 03:36 PM   #7
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Default About Dolby digital processors...

Thanks you all for the support!

If I would consider a new DVD player that includes the required converted 5.1 analog outputs (DD and some...DTS) there is a choice for good units.
Pioneer Elite DV-50AVi, DV47Ai and DV-45A.
Marantz DV8400,DV6400.
There must be other products available for sure...

Changing my actual DVD player for a newer and much better one could be a good move, specially if it includes the decoded outputs. The rest...designing a 6 channels controller with great performance could be a simple formality. My block diagramm is ready!

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Old 22nd October 2004, 03:47 PM   #8
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I'm not sure of your budget, but I saw a Denon for around $1300 (DVD-3910) and another one for around $700 (DVD-2910) that did have the analog outputs, DVD-Video, DVD-A and SACD from one player. Also, it had both the DVI and HDMI outputs for HDTV's. Sounded pretty 'future proof.' In addition, the DVD-2900 appears to be going on clearance with similar features for around $700. There are also cheaper ones (Samsung: $200) which handle the multiple formats. I personally have no idea if these are good players or not, but they have a huge number of features. I'm going to wait until they come down in price, as they are out of my budget. Do some research on what others think of the players and see if that fits your bill.

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Old 22nd October 2004, 04:46 PM   #9
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Thanks Sandy

In fact I can add the Denon DVD-3910 and DVD-2910 to my wish list!
They decode DD AND DTS.
Great video too like Pioneer.

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Old 22nd October 2004, 04:56 PM   #10
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Your question sounds like you want an analogue surround sound processor. Hopefully your reference to "Dolby" is just lack of understanding about what these things do. That said and assuming you want to play music or a movie from your DVD in analogue, then the Lexicon brand versions will work very well.
The Lexicon CP-3 is an early version with THX certification on the front of the case. It can be used as a pre-amp for all your devices, altho this model has limited input connections on the back end of the box.
They can be had for around $200 even on e-bay. Be cautious about buying this model unless it has BOTH remote controls. One remote is for programming and the second one is for daily use. This model cannot be accessed from the front panel to set it up for your room modes etc. And Lexicon no longer sells or repairs the remotes for these "Legacy" models. The CP-1 model is not quite up to what you probably want in a processor and sells for the same kind of money.
Still have my old original CP-3 and it works after all this time, so it is reliable. Got a copy of the user's manual and such somewhere in the file cabinet.

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