Standalone Dolby Digital Decoder

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  1. Daniel S

    Daniel S Auditioning

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    hi,
    i am planning to switch to digital sat tv, because of the perfect video and audio quality and the ability to receive dd5.1 sound. my actual setup is a sony str-de245 sourround receiver without built in dd-decoder but with analog 5.1 input. i didnt need a dd-decoder because my dvd has one built-in. i am very happy with that solution, but, you see the problem, a digital sat receiver only has a digital optical dd-audio output. now i need a decoder. only a simple box with one or two optical ins and an analog composite 5.1 out. that would be enough. i found this and this. i thinks these things would do it, but they have too many features and so they are too expensive.
    does anyone know a simpler product? because for the price of the technics i also would get a new AV-receiver with built-in dd-decoder...

    thx
     
  2. Philip Hamm

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    Not sure what you found. It should be fairly easy to find a stand-alone DD decoder for your needs on the used market for about a hundred bucks or less. Check Ebay, this site's for sale section, audiogon, etc.
     
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    You'd be happier with a new receiver overall. Sony's consumer line of receivers leaves a lot to be desired, and you've clearly outgrown your current one. Perhaps an Onkyo TX-SR501 or 601, or the Pioneer VSX-D912K would suit your needs. Harman Kardon also has some good lower end receivers though I am not very familiar with them. With a new receiver, you'd get a better feature set of surround decoding (DTS-ES, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital EX being the most important) than with a stand-alone DD decoder, plus you'd get the digital inputs you need. I think you'd find it a worthwhile investment.

    Mike
     
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    It is true, unless you have a very high end older unit.

    6.1 Quality receivers can be had for under $200..
     
  5. Daniel S

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    oh, forgot to make links out of the "this's".

    h**p://formen.ign.com/news/19818.html
    and
    h**p://w**.creative.com/products/product.asp?prodid=9468

    i am using the h**t because i am not allowed to post urls until i have 15 posts... =P

    thank you all...
     
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    You will be much better off with a new receiver.
     

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