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ANOTHER NEW FORMAT?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by gargoyle, Aug 20, 2001.

  1. gargoyle

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    When I made the leap from Dolby Surround to Dolby Digital , I immediatly realized that rear stereo surrounds made an hell of a difference and from 1997 have enjoyed this format - my audio equipment is'nt top of the line - the receiver is a Sherwood 295 rds , Pioneer Ld player and Samsung dvd , but with careful placement , quality interconnects and excellent speakers , My system is capable of knocking more expensive setups out.<br />However , Now that we have a new format with us - Dolby EX , is it really worth the upgrade ?<br />As indicated earlier , I am totally satisfied with my setup but will the addition of a third speaker make that much of a difference or is it just another cash in from lucas & co?
     
  2. Reiner

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    Dolby Ex makes IMHO only sense if you have a couple of feet of space behind your listening position.<br />Dolby Ex (as does DTS Es) can work with one additional channel (usually referred to as "center rear") or two, the latter a must if THX Surround Ex processing is applied.<br />The channels are then called "Surround Back L and R", the signal remains however mono (it's just split and amplified twice).

    Obviously you aren't up to date <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> because there are already some other new formats around, namely DPL II and DTS Es Discrete (true 6.1).<br />DPL II is highly raved as an improvement for two channel sources (TV, VCR, CD etc.) while DTS Es Discrete adds a discrete rear channel, again you can amplify this once or twice.<br />Note that only the latest Denon amps (e.g. AVC-11SR) will allow THX Surround Ex processing for DTS Es Discrete.

    So if you don't have the space and/or you are satisfied with your current setup I wouldn't bother at this time, you may however try an audition at your dealer and see (hear) for yourself ...

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  3. Nic Rhodes

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    Ex does make a difference. I wouldn't use anything else nowdays. I was sceptical beforehand. DD 5.1 encoded material on a 7.1 set up works better than a 5.1 set up. Ex / Es material is better again.

    Cedia is with us in the near future. I expect the majority of the big players (Dolby, DTS and THX) to release new formats. My money is on 7.1 discrete with THX 'enhanced' post processing.

    Many of the receivers are only 6.1 capable and will not be upgradable. The Tags, Lexs and Meridians are all 7.1 savvy. Worth thinking about if you are tempted by new formats? Even with receivers.

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