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Getting new sound formats from a Denon A1D

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by dUnKle, Nov 25, 2000.

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  1. dUnKle

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    I love my Denon and am in no hurry to replace it. I have listened to a few of the newer amps and although I found the newer 6.1 sound formats good I thought that for standard 5.1 sound my amp sounded better and one hands down in 2CH mode which I use rather alot.

    Is there anyway that I can add the option of these new sound formats to my Denon. The amp has both 6Ch and 8Ch external inputs and also 2 lots of connections for external speakers
     
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    Duncan, I reckon you will be able to achieve 6.1 sound via your A1D in the near future.

    What you need is either a stand-alone processor that will decode EX and ES matrix/Discrete or a DVD player with inbuilt EX/ES decoders. You would then take the 8 outputs from the processor or DVD player into the 8 inputs on your A1D.

    You would also need a 2 channel power amp (the Denon one that goes with the AV10SE would probably be a good match) to drive the extra pair of rear speakers - the signal to that power amp would come from the "effect" pre-outs on the back of the A1D.

    I don't think there are any stand-alone (add on) EX/ES processors yet and I certainly haven't heard of any DVD players with EX/ES decoders to date but surely it's just a matter of time.

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    There was a dedicated EX processor reviewed in HCC last month, but its review isn't on the site yet. I can't remember its name either. You would still need an extra power amp, though.
     
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    i would be inclined to wait until there is a worthy upgrade-the rear centre info is matrixed,there are very few discs with this anyway-and you know what`ll happen-they will bring out 8.1...then 10.1,,,,,,then 12.1...yuo`ll wind up with 20 speakers in your room....you wont be watching the film as you will constantly be wondering where the effects are coming from...you`ll get whiplash from constantly turning your head....and guess what the sound quality still wont be as good as that old 400 pounds hi-fi amp you threw away!!!!....as a footnote...the best sound i ever heard was from an old mono nat king cole record through an old sansui amp and two big old speakers...i sometimes wonder if we`re all being conned?....maybe we should save our money and go to the odeon leicester square more often....
     

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