- May 31, 2002
I am a little confused over the differences between Circle Surround and Logic7. Are these two routes to the same destination or are they very different animals altogether?
with all due respect to Camp I would say that it his is a subjective opinion.Nope. It's a fact.
Yea, that's my personal opinion. Circle surround is nice (I played around with an older external Circle surround decoder about a year ago) -in addition to Theta I believe some Marantz receivers offer it.
Circle Surround seemed to sound better with music than it did on HT applications. That was really the point at which I gave up on it.
Even the limited version of Logic7 I had (HK AVR7000) sounded much better in stereo and DPL TV programming. Due to the time involved I can't say I remember exactly what the differences were but suffice it to say the CS processor did not stay in my system.
Unfortunately the only 'cheap' Logic 7 solution is from H/K and their lineup bar the AVR8000 is a bit stale.The 'cheap' Logic 7 is of course not as flexible as Harman International's "Lexicon" series. Perhaps 'cheap' is too harsh a word? "Affordable" maybe...
For two channel processing (as intended by DPL2), the Logic 7 processing is broader than CS-5.1. The 520 has 2 channel Logic 7 along with EZ-Set, HDCD, DPLII, DTS-ES, Multi Room, Component Video Switching, twin internal amps, blah blah blah .
Their power output is not farted around with either. Prejudice aside, does "stale" not appear harsh as well?
As suggested on another thread, Logic 7 cannot be applied to DD or DTS 5.1 processing. I have tried setting the XBox at Dolby Surround (not DD) and processing at Logic 7. That works (as it should). DD is superior to Dolby Surround though, so I've set it as it was designed.