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Sony EP9ES decoder replacement?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John Miles, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. John Miles

    John Miles Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 16, 2000
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    My old EP9ES AC-3 decoder has been acting flaky lately, and I'm looking at replacing it with something newer. Here's my list of desired features:
    - A standalone AC3 decoder/preamp with discrete 5.1 outputs to my existing power amp
    - Excellent audio quality (low noise floor)
    - Speaker configurability (small center, large mains, small surrounds)
    - Analog bypass mode (analog 5.1 in to analog 5.1 out)
    - Price ideally under $500
    Here are things I don't care about and don't especially want to pay for:
    - Lots of DSP simulated surround modes and other bells and whistles
    - Anything beyond 5.1 channel output (just plain DD, thanks)
    - DTS
    The EP9ES was a good match for my needs because it didn't do anything but what I needed. It replaced my initial DD decoder purchase, an older, cheaper Sony model (SDP-E800, if I remember right) that had so much DAC noise in the surrounds I couldn't stand to be in the same room with it. I definitely don't want to make a similar mistake this time. Who makes a high-quality, low-frills Dolby Digital decoder these days?
    [Edited last by John Miles on October 25, 2001 at 03:46 AM]
  2. Martice

    Martice Screenwriter

    Jan 20, 2001
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    Well in this day and age, it seems that for the money that you're looking to spend you may have to buy a receiver and cut your loses on the amplification. Besides, most of the receivers in that price range have very generous (feature) offerings. Although I've heard that it's a very nice receiver altogether, the Outlaw Audio 1050 is a nice alternative as a pre/pro at $499.00 and I've seen it go for $450.00 new as well. However, if you have a system made up of seperates, the must have pre/pro for lots of people on this forum seems to be the soon released Outlaw Audio 950 for $900.00. So you have receivers with more features than your Sony processor and cost less than it did when it was first released.
    What if it gets no better than this!?!

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