OK will this help, or should I save my cash??

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  1. Kevin G.

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    dts decoder
    I have a kind of, cheap 5.1 receiver, but it does a good job...
    It has 6ch inputs and I was thinking about adding a little to my system...
    Would this be an improvement? Or save for that Panny?
    Will I notice an marked sonic difference, or will it be mediocre at best??
     
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    Save your money for a new receiver. It will have a DTS decoder built in with better processing and probably some of the newer flavors of DTS among many other benefits.

    DJ
     
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    Does the XR50 have 6ch output? Some of the reviews I've read seems to be a bit modest on the power.(some people are using them for a bedroom system.)
    Could I use it as a pre amp and utilize my existing receiver, Or would I kill all the apparent benefits of the digital format??
    I originally got hot on this subject, (less the obvious upgraditis), because I thought about adding a two channel receiver to my system, but I have no existing pre-outs in my current receiver.
     
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    Save for the Panny.

    Is your room large? What speakers?
     
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    Approx 17x21 9ft cielings
    Paradigm Focus/cc270
    Dayton 10"
    Bose 201 v5's rear duty
     
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    I'd be looking for as much power as I could afford with a room that size. I might look at something used or watch for a manufacturer to discontinue a line-up for a new one and pick up "last year's" model when they close them out.


    GBTCA [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, that's why I was looking for a little addition.
    I'm not sure I listen to ref. levels, but I get good clarity, and volume, without really maxing out my cheappie.

    What about the HK 235...? 335...? was really looking at these, when I was turned on to a post about the Panny
    Can't really swing the 635.
    What about using the Panny as a pre-?
    Anyone??

    GBTCA??
     
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    It doesn't have pre-outs and you wouldn't want to do that anyways because you'd be bypassing the direct signal path/no feedback amp section.

    I have an XR25 in a 24'x17'x9'room driving 5 B&Ws & 2 Infinitys(SBs)which are probably similiar in impedance & sensitivity to your Paradigms. The two SBs are presenting a 4 ohm load which is even more of a strain and it will still go louder than I ever need it to go.

    That said, you couldn't go wrong with an HK either, it just depends which sonic signature you prefer and if you need some of the extras the HK provides.

    DJ
     
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    If you're looking for sound upgrades, the last thing to upgrade is your reciever. Start with your speakers. You may not need to upgrade your receiver at all. I've had multi-thousand dollar separates in my house, and I've gone back to a first-gen 1997 model DD only receiver and it sounds just as good to my ears as the separates did. Speakers stayed the same, sound stayed the same.
     
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    Jeez, I hope not...
    (maybe the rears, but they're ok for the info that gets sent to them...)
    I AM glad someone revived this for me though, as I won one on e-bay after all..(the Technics SH-AC500D DTS/DD Decoder)
    Question is; do I just need rca's? or do I need standard digital coax to connect the 6ch outs to the inputs on my receiver??
    Thanks
     
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    A few pairs of standard L/R audio cables is all you need.
     

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