R.I.P. My beloved Golden Theater GTX-1

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jason Watson, Aug 29, 2001.

  1. Jason Watson

    Jason Watson Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 10, 1999
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    I came home yesterday to find my GTX-1 dead. It was apparently killed by a lightening strike. I had been plugging my Acurus amps directly into the wall as there seemed to be a slight sound improvement and had all the other equipment plugged into a Monster Cable HTS3500. I think the surge went through the amps, the interconnects and into the pre/pro. It seems to have stopped there because the other equipment is fine. Several things in other parts of the house were fried as well.
    The point of this post is to hopefully get some recommendations on my next processor. When(if)insurance pays off, I will probably have about 1200.00 to spend on a new processor to hold me for about a year or at least until I can get something in the 3000.00 dollar range. Since 2ch. music is very important to me and surround music(DVD-A)is not,nor is 7.1(yet),i am thinking about a used B&K Ref20. I like the fact that it has 2ch analog pass-thru and seems to enjoy a high music pedigree. So what else should I be considering? Let me know what you guys think.
  2. John Kotches

    John Kotches Cinematographer

    Mar 14, 2000
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    I'm sorry to hear about your loss....
    When I made my entry to the HT environment that was my first preamp/processor. A seriously underrated piece IMO - and it's a shame that the folks at Solo Electronics seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth.
    For $1200, the Ref 20 is a consideration, but it lacks a 5.1 passthrough input -- so if you need that you're SOL.
    Other options to consider:
    Adcom 860
    Rotel 976 (I think that's the part # for their new entry level HT Processor)
    A little more than your budget (likely) would be something along the lines of a used Classe` SSP-25.
    John Kotches
    Contributing Writer
    Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

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