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Adding 5.1 decoder to existing system

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by joelryan2k, May 22, 2003.

  1. joelryan2k

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    (extremely sorry if this has been asked before... searched but couldn't find an answer)

    I have a Sony receiver which supports 5.1 (has center, 2 front, 2 rear and sub), but isn't able to do the actual 5.1 decoding. It has no digital input. Instead, it just has RCA jacks for each 5.1 channel. It needs the signal decoded for it.

    My Sony DVD player only has a digital output.

    Is there a component I can buy that will accept the digital 5.1 input from the DVD player, decode it and output it to the receiver via RCA cables. I'm looking for something under $100, hopefully cheaper.

    (Note: By RCA cables, I'm talking about the commonly used red and white paired cables)

    Thanks
    -- Joel
     
  2. hornydragon

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    Yes there is they are few and far between but a couple of company do make themTry some PC retailer as they are often used for PC users.
    Try searching the net (google) for DD/DTS decoder
     
  3. nathan_silly

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    Checkout my HK 303 advert. It's a DD processor. Put in between your DVD player and 5.1 input on the AV amp.

    I'm live in the UK. I take it you're in the US?

    Another DD processor is the Denon AVD-2000. I've also got one of these as well!
     
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    Or buy a DVD player with built in decoding - maybe something like the Toshiba SD520.
     
  5. nathan_silly

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    I would say the HK 303/Denon AVD-2000 are MUCH better decoders than then built-in ones (sound quality, steering, DAC's, lower noise). Plus have advanced features (Denon) that most DVD players lack.

    If he's happy with the DVD player why change it?

    Another alternative (and probably better method) is replacing the AV amp, although this will cost £200-£300 or more.
     
  6. joelryan2k

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    Thank you all very much for the information and direction on where to find this component. I greatly appreciate it!

    -- Joel
     
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  8. jameslindsey

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    A bit old now but My Technics SH-AC300 AC3 processor is great they did an AC3 & DTS one also SH-AC500 I think.
    I use the processor in conjunction with a Yamaha 5.1 input amp and it works very well. Should be able to pick one up cheaply or possibly even 2nd hand as people upgrade. Mine will be going when I can decide what Amp to replace but I've already got a buyer I'm afraid.
     

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