Need Pre-pro advice....

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  1. Angelo_Petralba

    Angelo_Petralba Second Unit

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    Hello-

    I have a Sony STR-DA5ES that I use as a pre-pro for my main HT. I was thinking of moving this to the Bedroom and getting a prepro for the main HT.

    Are there any reasonably priced Pre-pro out there that can do what my DA5ES does? It will be only for 5.1 duties as my amp is only 5 channels (Parasound 855-a).

    Budget is going to have to be less than 1K.


    Thanks
    Angelo
     
  2. John Kotches

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    Angelo,

    The Outlaw Audio 950 fits your category new. If you don't have to have the latest and greatest features you can purchase a used Pre/Pro.

    Alternatively, you could purchase another receiver which has line level outputs for all channels.

    Cheers,
     
  3. ChadLB

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    For < $1,000
    NEW:

    Outlaw 950

    USED:

    B&K Ref 30
    Rotel 1066
    Audio Refinement ?
    Anthem AVM2
    Lexicon DC1
    Proceed AVp
     
  4. Brian Corr

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    Maybe check out the new Sherwood Newcastle pre/pro.
     
  5. PaulDA

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    If you're considering John Kotches' suggestion of a receiver as a pre/pro, an Integra DTR 6.4 (I have one) retails at 1000$ (can be had for less with some bargaining), and it has an interesting, if controversial, feature. You can apply time/bass management to the multichannel analogue inputs, so if you have DVD-A/SACD and limited (or none) time/bass management in your player, you can use the receiver for this. It does add an extra AD/DA (hence the controversy), but the DACs are all 192khz/24bit and there are eight of them. It's also THX Select, if that matters to you, and has pre-outs for seven channels (despite being a 6.1 channel receiver).

    I'm not a salesman, and there are other fine products out there, but I like to stick up for my receiver and speakers (Boston Acoustics VR-M series) as they are not often mentioned in this and other forums, and I feel they deserve a listen; I appreciated the people who steered me to them as I knew little about them before I began my upgrades.
     
  6. Angelo_Petralba

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    Thanks for the suggestions... Im looking into the Outlaw unit now,

    Things I love about my STR-DA5ES/Parasound 855a combo:

    1 - works great with my MX-500 remote (my wife even figured it out):b
    2 - sounds great on my Wharfedale Modus 6.1s
    3 - looks really cool in my rack
    4 - Video Switching to S-video from composite works perfect.
    5 - DVD-Audio inputs and BASS management and EQ is pretty awesome.


    What I am looking forward to :

    Auto Calibration (i.e Pioneer Elite..etc)
    Upgraditis
    HT in the bedroom.


    Angelo
     
  7. Shane Martin

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    Angelo,
    Supposedly Sherwood is working on an upgrade(software I presume), to make the new Sherwood include a room correction type software. That pre/pro looks sweet.
     
  8. Angelo_Petralba

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    wow..i just checked the sherwood site..they look very cool!!!
     
  9. Marvin

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    I also have the Parasound 855A, which I drive (3 channels, anyway, due to a shortage of pre-outs) with a Denon 2700.
    Aside from driving the 2 rear channels (and I have no plans for going beyond 5 speakers), would there be a noticeable (or any) improvement if I were to use the Outlaw pre-pro in place of my Denon? I'd say I use my system for about 75-25 music to HT, and I use the DACs in the receiver for CD playback.
     
  10. PaulDA

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    Marvin, the DACs in the 950 are probably better than in the Denon you have and it has more advanced DPLII/DTS Neo:6 (which works fine with 5 channels) as well as some interesting bass management/direct audio settings you might find interesting. For music, the DPLII/DTS Neo:6 can be nice, depending on your speakers (makes my tiny secondary sat/sub sound fuller and richer), though it doesn't appeal to purists. I find DPLII/DTS Neo:6 (either one, there's little difference to my ears) to be very nice with two channel TV, VHS (still have some) and DVDs. It is way better than regular Pro Logic.

    Bottom line, if extra DSPs are a plus to you, the Outlaw will give you better performance than your Denon. If that doesn't matter to you and you are happy with the sound in your current setup, it might not be worth it. 45 day trial period with Outlaw lets you audition at home. Only your ears (and wallet) can decide.

    Good luck.
     
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    Paul,

    Outlaw has a 30 day trial....
     
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    Oops,

    Someone out there has a 45 day trial. Thought it was Outlaw. Sorry.:b
     

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