Parasound CSE 6.1 final analysis

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  1. RichardMA

    RichardMA Second Unit

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    Unfortunately, the product simply induced too much noise

    in my surrounds to be useful for me. But it did appear

    to work. This is Parasound's implementation of the

    Circle Surround product, meant to allow 5.1 preamps to

    have the 6th (centre rear) channel. According to one

    respondent, the Circle Surround Jr. product has this noise

    problem as well.

    Here is a response regarding CSE unit:

    "The S/N is limited by the specs. of the Analog Devices Circle Sound chip. We kept the remainder of the circuit as quiet as possible."
     
  2. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    There are older Dolby Pro Logic units out there that are a lot quieter.

    Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, Shure, etc.
     
  3. RichardMA

    RichardMA Second Unit

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    Just for the heck of it, I tried a Rotel 960 Prologic

    processor, feeding the rear L-R from my Sony TA-E9000ES

    processor into it's "main in" and using it's centre out

    to "create" a centre-rear channel. But the output was

    way too low to use effectively.

    I figured any line level analog source would have worked ok,

    but apparently this is not the case.
     
  4. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    I also have an E9000ES! [​IMG]
    Right now, I use a Shure HTS-5300 to get the rear channel. But I've also tried the Yamaha DSR-70 Pro, and the 100 Pro, a Pioneer SP-91D, and a Sony SDP-777ES. They all worked fine.
    One trick, is to jack up the rear output levels on the source. (For example, I have the fronts and center at or near 0 dB on the Sony, but I run the rears at +7.5 dB.)
     

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