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Sony TA-E9000ES "Virtual Matrix 6.1" (1 Viewer)

RichardMA

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This mode is plagued by the same thing that many DSP
modes are; A hollow-echoey sound that IMO, is one reason
theaters sound far worse than home theater. But, thats
when it's used on DVDs. Used on analog television broadcasts, the echo is not there. It actually sounds good.
Go figure.
 

Kevin C Brown

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I have the TA-E9000ES. But I have also added a Dolby Pro Logic processor to actually get a real 6th (rear center)channel. "Virtual 6.1" is good, but the real thing is better! :)
 

RichardMA

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I tried using a Rotel RSP-960 Pro-Logic processor
with the Sony to derive the 6th channel, but I found
I could not generate enough output to power the power
amps. The volumes were cranked right up. I used the
L-R surround outputs from the Sony and ran them into
the Rotel's "main in" and used the centre out on the Rotel.
I also used other inputs like "Tape" "LD" but they were
even less "powerful" than the "main ins."
 
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Richard

I thought the same thing, when I first tried the Virtual-6
mode, but after adjusting the center & rear channels, I
found it very listenable. I had to set the center to -5
and the rears to -7 and then up the master volume. It
also depends on how the CD was recorded (Dolby, etc.)

Glenn
 

Kevin C Brown

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Richard- I have personally used the following DPL processors to add a 6th channel to my system:
Sony SDP-E800
Sony SDP-777ES
Yamaha DSR-70Pro
Yamaha DSR-100Pro
Pioneer SP-91D
Shure HTS-5300
And they all worked. Never tried the Rotel though! :)
 

RichardMA

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Kevin, I'm going to have to try again. Yours all worked
and I assume you simply use the L-R surround out to
the Pro-logic processor and then used it's centre output
for your rear centre?
Thanks
 

Brian Kleinke

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I also have the TA-E9000ES, and have never noticed any problems when I use the Virtual Matrix 6.1 I'm not willing to add any more speakers to my system unless I move, for I just don't have the floor or wallspace to do it :frowning:
Brian
 

Kevin C Brown

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Richard- Yuppers. And I tried 2 different ways (but not with all the units):

a) Feed the 2 surround channels line level connections to the DPL processor (main in, or CD or VCR input) and use the resulting L, C, R outputs from the processor to power your L, C, R rear speakers (with amplification, of course).

b) Same as (a), but use y connectors on the outputs from the Sony. 1/2 of each Y goes to the L & R rears (as in a normal 5.1 system), and the other half goes to the DPL processor, and then I *only* use the C channel from the processor.

2 tricks, I crank up the outputs on the Sony to +7.5 dB (but this isn't necessary), and you do have to crank up the volume on the DPL processor to maybe the 1/2 to 3/4 point.

Also, at least one of those units, had an input sensitivity switch on the back. 0 or -10 dbf (or something). 0 I think is meant for true line level signals, whereas the -10 is meant for pre out inputs.

Maybe the Rotel just wasn't sensitive enough...
 

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