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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   ManW_TheUncool

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Posted May 08 2003 - 10:33 AM

Hi, y'all. Not sure if this specific question came up before since I don't frequent this section of the forum.

Anyway, I'm looking for an a/v preamp that provides all of the following in order of priority:

1. Component video switching w/ HD bandwidth capability -- well, I'd be ok w/ something at 40-50Mhz bandwidth since I want it affordable and will probably only switch between 480p DVD and the occasional X-box game.

2. 5.1 channel switching for separate DVD-A and SACD players.

3. Analog bass management and time alignment and maybe even downmixing capability for something like phantom center channel.

I know #3 might not be possible at this time (at least not affordably), but not sure about #2. Also, I don't necessarily need digital surround decoding (ie. DD, DTS), but not sure if that matters.

I don't have a set price range yet, but I'm pretty sure I want to stay close to $500. And buying used is perfectly acceptable to me as long as I can get it in excellent working condition -- many of my equipment were bought used.

Thanks.

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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   ManW_TheUncool

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Posted May 08 2003 - 01:39 PM

Hmmm... Seems like maybe the Outlaw 950 is my best bet although it doesn't do multi-channel switching. But does ANY a/v preamp do multi-channel switching?

Given that it doesn't do #2 and only does part of #3, not sure it's worthwhile spending $900 for one. Maybe I could get one used for something closer to my ballpark? Any thoughts or suggestions on this?

Thanks.

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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Craig_Kg

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Posted May 08 2003 - 02:07 PM

Why not just get a Sony STR-DA2ES or 4ES and use it as a prepro with an ICBM?

Or else use a TAP9000ES along with a prepro + ICBM.
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#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Paul Clarke

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Posted May 08 2003 - 06:40 PM

Craig is right. The lower ES line would be the simplest way to go and stay close to your price range. They are very flexible units and VERY quiet.
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#5 of 6 OFFLINE   ManW_TheUncool

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Posted May 08 2003 - 07:28 PM

Hmmm... Thanks for the suggestions. I might actually need 3 component inputs though for the video switching since I'm thinking about running 2 DVD players plus an X-box, so the DA2ES and DA4ES aren't good options besides the wasted amp section.

If I go w/ the TAP9000ES, then I'll still need to get a video switcher and the Outlaw ICBM. The total cost would probably be similar to the Outlaw 950 me thinks, but I'd need 2 extra sets of cables for the 5.1 analog path and still need to use my outdated DD/DTS decoder.

Given my order of priorities, maybe I should just go back to shopping for a video switcher first and not worry about 5.1 channel switching since I'm not really set on jumping into both DVD-A and SACD together just yet.

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#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted May 09 2003 - 12:08 AM

The Outlaw 950 comes closest to your needs. You may want to look for used items.
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