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Outboard decoders/processors

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jay_H, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. Jay_H

    Jay_H Auditioning

    Oct 21, 2002
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    Does anyone currently make an outboard decoder for DD/DTS and the newer surround formats? I'm looking for something along the lines of the old Technics SH-AC500, but with additional format compatibilty. I haven't been able to find one, although I have not really kept up with audio components upstream of speakers since 1998 or so.

    When these things were all over the place, I was not only a poor student, but a poor student who had recently moved across the Atlantic. So I never bought one to supplement my Marantz DPL preamp/proc/tuner (AV600). The Marantz is still working fine, still sounds good, and I am comfortable with it ergonomically. So I don't want to scrap it.

    Does anyone make something that will fit the bill? Or should I scour eBay and Audiogon for an old Technics piece?
    (The Marantz/HK one, if I remember right, did not support DTS.)


  2. RichardMA

    RichardMA Second Unit

    Apr 16, 2002
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    You really don't have anything out there that will integrate
    with your Marantz. Most "stand alone" decoders are single
    format, either DD or DTS. They are generally not available
    new anymore. Sony, Rotel, Adcom, Denon, Marantz all made
    various types. You could buy a couple of them
    but you need "pass through" capability to use them all
    together. Also, you need more than 5 amplifiers to run
    the new sound formats that require it. There are no stand
    alone Pro-Logic II decoders except for one automotive unit
    made by Fosgate. You are better off buying a new
    preamp that supports all the modes.

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