Preamp questions,,,please help

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  1. bruin

    bruin Second Unit

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    I was planning on buying a preamp with dts and dolby digital processing as well as stereo. I've read that preamps have a noticeable difference compared to receivers.

    My question is...has anyone tried comparing the sound when connecting
    1) the 6 channel outputs on their DVD player to their receiver's 5.1 inputs

    and

    2) connecting their DVD player to a separate preamp...


    Any other cost saving configurations? I'm looking to see if I need a preamp. I listen to both HT and Music equally...


    I guess this question boils down to whether preamp separates have better processing as opposed to the processing done in DVD players.
     
  2. bruin

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    Someone please explain why I should buy a preamp instead of using my DVD players processing and connecting them to the 6 channel inputs of a receiver...
     
  3. Tim Hoover

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    I'm not quite sure that I understand the question, but here goes with my take:

     
  4. bruin

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    Tim,

    To clarify:

    As of now I have:
    - an Harman Kardon AVR320 w/ a Parasound 855a amp powering my 5 speakers...so the HK is being used as a pre/pro


    I was thinking of upgrading to a parasound dts/dolby digital preamp but it is an expensive upgrade.

    I saw some pro logic parasound preamps that are cheaper with 6 channel inputs for dolby digital and dts.

    So which one offers better sound? A dolby digital/dts preamp or a prologic preamp w/ 6 channel inputs?

    Also, if go with a prologic preamp...wouldn't this be the same as using the 6channel inputs of my HK?

    I don't know where I can audition a preamp....it would help if someone in the Northridge/Los Angeles area could let me borrow their preamp for a weekend but I doubt it. So if you guys can give your inputs that would be great.
     

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