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external decoder / pre-amplifier for 7.1 channels

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by w8andc, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. w8andc

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    I need some good advice. I"ll hope I can find it here.

    I have a very good receiver/ decoder with many inputs and outpts for sound and video, analoge and digital (optical and coaxal). It has a very good Dolby Digital 5.1 , DTS 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic decoder. 5 x 105 Watt - 8 Ohm
    Although I have bought my receiver LUXMAN RV-491 for less than full price in july 2000 (€ 1.250), it wasn't a cheap one. This receiver is also prepared for 7. 1 analoge input channels.

    Besides the good results of this receiver, anno 2003 there is much changed in decoding.

    I want to decode sound through an external decoder or pre-amplifier (NOT receiver) with at least 7.1 analoge output channels and 1 digital input channel so I can connect it to my LUXMAN to be amplified.

    It would be great the decoder / pre-amplifier can decode Dolby Digital 6.1 EX, DTS 6.1 ES, Dolby ProLogic II and SRS Circle Surround II

    I know Analoge Devices develloped a processor chip called Melody 32 wich is used in KENWOOD and Marantz systems which can decode those.

    Someone know a good not to pricy solution for my upgrade?

    Is it worthwile to keep my reciever and use an external decoder?
    Or can I better by an new receiver? If so, wich one can you advice?

    I"ll wait for some answers.

    Thanks already


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