dts or thx preamp

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  1. micheal_m_

    micheal_m_ Auditioning

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    Hi all I am new to HT. I'm looking for a dts or thx preamp for around $200 bucks. I have been looking on some of the bidding sites, but I don't know whats quality hardware.
     
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    Do you need a receiver or a preamp (meaning you already have an amplifier)?

    $200 is not a lot in the HT world. It might help if you listed your current components.
     
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    micheal_m_ Auditioning

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    Here's what I have

    Speakers:

    Yamaha sub

    jbl center and sat's

    teac bookshelf speakers

    Hardware:

    Hitachi dvd player

    Newcastle Amp
     
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    Less expensive preamps to look for would be:

    -H/K Sig 2.0

    -Marantz AV560

    -Sherwood/Newcastle AVP9080

    -the Proton DD/DTS preamp

    None of these are THX but all will decode DD and DTS. Even used, they sell for more than $200.

    Other possibilities include the Parasound AVC1800 and Rotel RTC965 or RSP976.
     
  5. Dan Hitchman

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    Hi Michael!

    There's no way on God's green Earth you're going to get a pre-amp for $200. Unless you find some doofus who just wants to get rid of his old equipment.

    The cheapest full pre-amp (not just a simple decoder) so far will be the upcoming Outlaw Audio Model 950 at around $900. In fact it's a 7.1 surround product, not just 5.1. Fully licensed DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX plus Dolby ProLogic II decoding.

    You then need one or two more speakers for the center back surround outputs and an amp(s) to drive them.

    Dan
     

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