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John Roger

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Which one do you think is the best matrix decoder?

1.Dolby Pro Logic IIx
2.DTS NEO:6
3.Logic 7
4.SRS Circle Surround
5.Other

Personally i like DPLIIx 'cause its music mode has got options like center width,dimension etc.
SRS comes next as it has got trubass and mono mode.I don't have Logic 7 but have heard that it's pretty good.
 

Jeremy Anderson

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DPL-IIx and Logic 7 are the only two I'd even consider viable on that list. Both Neo6 and Circle Surround are plagued by audio artifacts that make them completely useless.
 

Brian L

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5. Other

NAD's proprietary EARS.

A shame its only available with NAD products. Very subtle use of the surrounds, and a perfect blend across the front 3.

BGL
 

Jeremy Anderson

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With DTS: Neo-6, people (including myself) have reported hearing an almost distorted sound from the surrounds, as if those channels are clipping. They're extremely noisy if you listen critically. Also, Neo-6 seems very inconsistent at times, steering dialogue off center for no apparent reason or moving a hard left sound toward the middle. I just don't care for how unnatural it is.

Circle Surround, in my opinion, has serious problems with the way it steers sound. It seems to alternately attenuate and accentuate sound levels, seemingly at random. I've also never heard a Circle Surround system that didn't make music sound noisy and make the highs sound shrill.

And neither DTS: Neo-6 or Circle Surround are very subtle. On a calibrated system, both produce results that slap you in the face and say "Hey, there's surround processing going on" rather than creating a realistic soundfield. Logic 7 and DPL-II (especially the IIx variant) both do a pretty good job of this without calling attention to themselves.

But as with all things HT, all of these may sound bad on a poorly calibrated system. And personal preference is still personal preference, so if you like Neo-6 and CS, more power to ya'! I'm sticking with DPL-IIx.
 

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