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Add new dts decoder or buy new pre amp?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Conroy Tesa, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. Conroy Tesa

    Conroy Tesa Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 26, 2001
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    I'm going to ask an opinion here on what you people think is the best upgrade path.
    I have a Citation 7.0 with an Sony EP9ES DD decoder with the following equipment
    Bryston amps
    PSB Stratus Silvers Front
    Mirage OMr2 for the surrounds
    PSB C6 for the center
    2Wq Vandersteen Sub
    DVL 919 DVD/LD player
    Crappy denon 5 disk cd player
    XBR400 36 inch tv
    The question is, now that I could pick up a silver millenium dts decoder for 200 bucks is it worth adding?
    Or save the money, sell the Sony (which I just Picked up),
    Citation and put that money towards a new processor
    (ie the outlaw 950)Is the 950 going to be high end or just solid. Technically both my units were state of the art sonically.
    I mean I could sell both units for ~ 750.
    But I love the 6 axis and the sound quality of the citation(it was a flagship piece).
    If the DP2 is as good or better than 6 axis well....
    How hard is it to sell old equipment like this?
    Any opinions?
  2. Shade Watson

    Shade Watson Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 24, 2001
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    Unless you plan to move from a 5.1 system to a 6.1 system, It doesn't seem like an upgrade to me.
    A new processor like the Outlaw 950 will give you 6.1 decoding, multi-zone control, and 5.1 input for SACD/DVD-A.
    If you don't have the room or the desire to go to a 6.1 set up, and you don't need the 5.1 input or multi-zone capability, then you will still get a 'ease of use' upgrade. Using the Citation/Sony/DTS decoder combo, sounds like a hassle.
    However, it will be very tough IMO for the $899 Outlaw 950 to match the quality of the Citation and Sony.
    DPL2 and 6-Axis should be pretty comparable, they are based on the same technology.
  3. Jeff H

    Jeff H Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 8, 1999
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    I am going through the exact same decision process. I have the Citation 7.0 and the Technics DTS decoder. I have decided to sell now while I can still get something for the 7.0. I will either get the Outlaw or find a good price on a Lexicon DC-2. I love the Citation and will terribly miss the 6-axis. I use the side and rear surrounds and the sound is awesome. The Outlaw will have DPLII but it is only in 5 channel, so if you use 7.1 you will be out of luck. I am hoping they will announce a 7.1 DPLII and Outlaw will be able to do software upgrade. Good Luck!

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