Im picking up a TX-DS939 -what do i need to know

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  1. Ted Ross

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    Yes, i realize its a few years old, but from what I understand its still a top notch receiver. I got one cheap & was wondering if anybody had any pointers on this particular unit?
     
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    Great unit. First thing you'll want to do is work out how to wire in a dts decoder. Main-in? Six channel input?

    T.
     
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    Yeah, I was looking at inexpensive DTS decoders-any ideas? How about i sell my Toshiba SD-5700(has DD decoder, but no DTS)& get a DVD player that has a built in DTS decoder?
     
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    You need to know that this is one of the best receiver
    Ever built . Don't screw the unit by adding an internal decoder. Try to find external decoder.
    You can find my review on this unit and the DTS do/not to do
    list in the link below :
    http://www.audioreview.com/PRD_118705_2718crx.aspx
    I'm so happy for you that you found a 939 unit. It's not that easy to find them this days ...
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    The 939 is a tremendous receiver, but unfortunately was a step backwards from it's predecessor the 919 which I used to own.
    The ONLY option you have for DTS is a Millenium 2.4.6 DTS decoder which can be had for $200 new at www.5point1.com and is a good bargain at that price. You can hook it between the pre-out and post-in jumpers on your receiver. You'll have to use the manual volume control on the Millenium for volume while watching DTS material (or the Millenium's "Auto" mode may work in this configuration - I'm not sure). Also, there's no bass management whatsoever in the Millenium. This won't be a problem with some sountracks or if you have large speakers.
    Great receiver - amazing amps, top notch DD and PCM performance, and fine clean analog section. Congratulations. I'll bet you spent less than a new plastic 2 lb receiver from Best Buy would cost. And it will sound WORLDS better. [​IMG]
     
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    Wow! Thanks for the info guys!
     
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    Philip, why is that one decoder the only external one I can use?
     
  8. Philip Hamm

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    there may be others but I don't know about them.

    The 939 has no 5.1 input. This was the single disadvantage of this otherwise excellent piece. The only way to attach an external decoder is through the preamp-out and post-in loop. This requires a unity gain device with a 5.1 input and a 5.1 output designed specifically to work in this manner. This rules out all DVD players with internal decoders built-in as well as most external decoders.

    The Millenium 2.4.6 is the only dts decoder that I know of which is designed to work this way.
     
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    Thanks Philip, I wasnt aware of that.
     
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    Ted, while I don't think this is a reasonable option anymore, the MSB Technology Upgrade can be done with the DS-939. However given the price I'd say it's just a theoretical alternative.
     
  11. Tony Lai

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    The Technics SH-AC500D ac3/dts decoder is another alternative.

    It will not give you the 'n-th' degree performance that more premium gear with give you. It also may be hard to hunt down given that is it superceded.

    It has a volume knob and remote however :)

    T.
     
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    I upgraded my 939 with MSB DTS internal card it was a mistake.
    I recomend external decoder only.
    Don't open the unit and defenetly don't stick any card
    inside. It's just not worth it !!!
    Don't screw with this unit. read my review above.
    Lior
     
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    I see there is a Millenium 2.4.6 DTS decoder up for bid on ebay
     
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    Well, Ive had the 939 for a few days now & it is quite an impressive piece. The power reserves on this receiver are amazing-i had a 989 at home with me to compare & I honestly think the amps are better in the 939. Of course the decoding options of the 989 are vastly superior to the 939(as well as the remote-the 939 remote is pitiful). Im torn on if I should keep it or ebay it & use the money to buy a newer receiver with the latest decoding options. My friend says that they are very rare & hard to find & that they still pull good dollars on ebay. Any thoughts on this?
     
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    I pondered either the decoder card or the external processor. Man, im really torn if I should keep it or not. Anybody know what these things get on ebay?
     
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    Chances are, it's amp section and the rest of the machine
    are better or at least as good as current models. But,
    for $600-$800 you can buy a new receiver that has
    all the new sound modes, DD,DTS, DTS NEO, Pro-Logic II,
    DD-EX, DTS-ES Discrete and Marix, or THX-EX (in place
    of DD-EX/DTS-EX Matrix). If you plan on doing lots of home theater you might be better off with a new receiver.
    The only thing is, for a receiver that used to cost
    what, $2000, you will get killed on Ebay and it will likely
    only net around $500 or so, if that.
     
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    There are two that have recently sold -- for $875 and $820 (on eBay).
     

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