Receivers with AC-3 RF Input

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  1. Jesse Blacklow

    Jesse Blacklow Cinematographer

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    You laserdisc fanatics have gotten my juices flowing. I'm looking on ebay right now for a good LD player and some discs. Now I have a quandary: my HK AVR 320 does not have an AC-3 RF input. I know that I could get a demodulator, but they seem expensive. So the cogs in my brain start turning. And what do you know--my dad's Sony STR-DE915 has a AC-3 RF input (and I thought it was just a coax input...).
    Thus my question: What other receivers have AC-3 RF input? I'm looking for cheaper than a demodulator, no high-end stuff. Now, back to finding that "Faces" box set...[​IMG]
     
  2. Leon Liew

    Leon Liew Stunt Coordinator

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    The actual requirement now for you is to get an LD player
    with an AC-3 output + demodulator coz they will be connected
    to the Receiver digital coax input for u to enjoy Lasredisc.
     
  3. Jim J

    Jim J Second Unit

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    Faces? I'm not sure that one is AC-3

    I think only the SEs have Dolby Digital. Otherwise you won't need the AC-3...

    I have both. I have an older Denon decoder that takes the LDs AC-3, spits out an optical signal for my HK520 to handle.
     
  4. Tim Hoover

    Tim Hoover Screenwriter

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    Jesse, what you'll need is a receiver with an AC-3 RF input and either a digital or multichannel output to send to your H/K 320. I'm sure an RF demod will be much cheaper...
     
  5. Richard Harvey

    Richard Harvey Stunt Coordinator

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    Yes, the STR-DE915 is DD5.1 and has the AC3 RF input. I had one for years.

    Rich
     
  6. Dave Lyons

    Dave Lyons Stunt Coordinator

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    The Denon 3200 has an input. I have my Pioneer CLD-406 going directly into the Denon for Dolby Digital -- sounds good. Not sure how much the old 3200 is going for on the used market though ... probably close to a demodulator price at this point ...
     
  7. EarleD

    EarleD Supporting Actor

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    You can find a Denon 3200 for around $200. I sold mine about a year ago for around that. It is a great DD receiver, no DTS though.

    Look around for one you wont be disspointed, IMO it sounded better than my 3802 for music. Besides for $200 you cant really go wrong

    Earle
     
  8. AaronBatiuk

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    Jesse,
    Note that on many receivers, whatever is input into the active digital input is output to the digital output (assuming it has one) without being modified. So, you could pipe the AC3-RF into a receiver's AC3-RF input (like the Sony STR-DE915), and pipe its digital output (optical in this case) into your `real' receiver. In this way, you will just be using it as a demodulator.

    The STR-DE915 is one of Sony's first-gen DD receivers. You should be able to find one fairly inexpensively.
     
  9. David Markowitz

    David Markowitz Auditioning

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    My Denon 5600 has RF AC-3 in, and optical and coax in.
    I don't recall any digital output though, but I could be wrong. DD only, no DTS, but you can mod it to add DTS decoding for $595 (http://www.msbtech.com).
    Saw one on EBay recently that went for $770.
     

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