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Pre/Pro with balanced outputs

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Daniel_M, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. Daniel_M

    Daniel_M Stunt Coordinator

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    Can anyone recommend a preamp/processor
    (Dolby 5.1/DTS etc. with 3 pin balanced
    outputs for under $5000.00.
    Thanks
     
  2. Brandon B

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    Integra Research RDC-7 (MSRP $4000)
    Anthem AVM-20 (MSRP $3Ksomething)
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  3. John Kotches

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    Also, the Sunfire Cinema Grand mk II.
    The EAD Ovation and Encore-8 has balanced outputs for front left+right.
    The Cary Audio P-7 (I think that's the model #) has optional balanced I/O as well.
    I'm sure there are a few more that we're missing, but this should add nicely to the aforementioned list.
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  4. Frank Frandsen

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    Do balanced outputs improve sound much for wire runs less than a meter? I am getting a RDC-7 and will mate it to a Sherbourn 5/1500 amp. I can get the older model Sherbourn for $500 less than the new model 5/1500a. The main difference between the two appears to be the balanced outputs on the new model..Should I save the cash on the older one or go for the balanced?....that is the question.
    Frank
     
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    Though it's getting left behind in the "new" format race, I'll need to plug the Aragon SoundStage. I love it, but a used one will be WELL below your $5k target (around $2k to $2.5k). Also, no six or seven channels, just DD and DTS (with balanced outs). And no DPLII [​IMG]
    Upgrades are reportedly on the way, but honestly, I just switched to this PrePro just to get up into the DTS realm (ducks to avoid flying objects). [​IMG]
    Christian
     
  7. John Kotches

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    I knew I was missing one or two!
    Yeah, I can't wait for an updated version of the Soundstage with all the latest bells and whistles.
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    The Integra Research RDC-7 with the new DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 and ProLogic II upgrades is a hard act to follow in the $4,000 and under category. It even gives some slightly more expensive processors a run for the money too.
    Some reviews I've read have stated using its balanced outputs into a balanced amplifier did create a better sound quality and a quieter noise floor (into a B.A.T. amplifier and a Theta Dreadnaught). Not by a huge margin, but it was noticable.
    I'm sure it also depends how "balanced" the balanced amplifier really is. Some with XLR inputs do not have a 100% balanced electronic topography.
    Dan
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    Bryston SP-1
     

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