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Datasat RS20i Surround Sound Processor Review

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by The News Bot, Aug 2, 2013.


    1. The News Bot

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      Reviewed by Stephen Withers, 2nd August 2013. The Datasat RS20i audio processor certainly isn't cheap but then the best rarely is and, for once, a product actually achieves what it set out to do - deliver uncompromised cinema sound in the home. The RS20i sets the benchmark by which all other domestic audio processors will be judged and as such there can be only one conclusion - Reference Status!
      Read the full review...
       
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      Great review! I'm glad to finally read it and know you had a great time reviewing it - owning one myself it never ceases to bring a smile to my face.

      But a couple of points.....

      The Rear XLR socket for the mic input is not for Dirac. Dirac is calibrated via a mic attached to the laptop via a USB mic pre. Earthworks mic and USBpre2 sound card. The laptop sends PN calibration tones and commands to the RS20i via IP. This mic input is really for basic use of the integrated RTA.

      Since the addition of the DSP / dolby card the unit now has 8 dsp chipsets!

      Whilst the unit allows for 4 official sub channels, if you only have 7 main channels and run the subs routed as mono then, in theory, you could run as many as 9 subs. With individual delays.

      The price is a little low, its actually a little more pricey these days at £18600.
       
    3. Steve Withers

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      Thanks for the comments, I'll update where appropriate.
       
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      Great review Steve :)
       
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      Just ordered mine.
       
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      Great to see the first review of the Datasat - thx Steve
       
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      I found a review from 2010 of the Anthem but nothing on the Classe or ADA - can these be reviewed as well to see how they perform against reference?
       
    8. Steve Withers

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      Well it's dependent on manufacturers or distributors providing samples for us to review but we'll see what we can do.
       
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      Impressive hardware, but a bit beyond my funds!
       

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