DPLII should it be a factor?

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  1. Tim_Speicher

    Tim_Speicher Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello everyone,
    A few of you may have seen my previous post, were I mentioned possibly purchasing the Yamaha HTR 5460. In that time, I have been reviewing the Onkyo 595 in more detail, do to several recommendations. I have noticed that the 595 does not have component video switching, but does include DPLII. I'm not 100% clear on this feature, but am under the impression that if I listen to CD's or watch much TV that this feature is really a winner. I'm not to concerned about this feature from a video stand point, as I don't own a VCR, only DVD. Can anyone help to explain this feature and advise whether it is more of a benefit over the component switching and increase wattage of the 5460.
    -Tim
     
  2. Chuck Kent

    Chuck Kent Supporting Actor

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    Tim: Unless the wattage is double over the Onkyo, it's doubtful you would hear much of a difference. (Doubling the power only raises the volume by 3 decibels...not a lot.)
    As for component switching, units in the price range of these 2 recievers do not have enough bandwidth to pass a high definition signal. So, if it can't pass HDTV, will it be worth it for you???
    Dolby Pro Logic II?? IMO, the best true improvement in matrixed stereo 2 channel surround I've heard. It offers 2 modes, Music and Cinema. Either mode offers a spacious, enveloping soundfield without adding artificial echo. New DPL II is also much less center channel oriented than the old DPL. Another improvement is that it improves on old Pro Logic by using full range, stereo rear speakers. I liked DPL II so well that I upgraded both of my systems to include it. For me, it has really brought a great deal more enjoyment to TV and my older video collection...
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  3. Vasanth B

    Vasanth B Stunt Coordinator

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    Speaking just on DPLII. I second Chuck's recommendation. I have a Denon AVR-1802 and the DPLII really impresses me, especially if you have a good stereo source. TV in general is much better. Action-drama type shows like "Buffy" and "Angel" especially benefit.
    Movies probably make best use of DPLII since the stereo soundtracks are usually downmixed from multi-channel sources so the DPLII is able to mostly recreate that sound field.
    Only thing I don't like DPLII for is music. My Denon's 5-ch stereo is much better, especially if I am listening to music off of my sofa in other rooms.
     
  4. Tim_Speicher

    Tim_Speicher Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks Chuck and Vasanth for your replies. I think I will take another look at the Onkyo 595 and Denon 1802, as they both over DLPII. The more I hear hear about the quality of the Yamaha's component switching, the less I'm drawn to it. Originally I was excited about it as I could pick it up from Sears for approximately ($330) and not have to paying S&H. However, I'm starting to think the the DPLII may be worth a extra charge. What' the best deal (including shipping and warranty) have you folks seen on either the Denon 1802 or the Onkyo 595?
    -Tim
     
  5. JerryW

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    Want component switching? Move up to the Onkyo 696. HD switching with DPL2, pre-outs, and a very clean 100wpc... all for
     
  6. AllenD

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    Just a quick vote for upgrading to DPL2. I've upgraded my 787 to a DTR7.2 for a few weeks now and it's the best upgrade yet. You won't be sorry.
     

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