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DTS Master HD, Dolby True HD

by mooseman923 / April 2, 2008 10:41 PM PDT

I have a very good samsung lcd tv but am using a less then hi def audio system. I am looking to get a home theater system that will either support or decode DTS HD and Dolby True HD. Does anyone have advice on which to pick up?

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I would reccomend the...
by stuntman_mike / April 3, 2008 2:30 AM PDT

Onkyo 605. It is the cheapest receiver that decodes all of the new formats and it has been rated highly by many professional reviewers. I have one, and I love it.

Without knowing your budget and exact needs, I would say that the 605 is the way to go. If money is not that much of an issue, then you might want to look into Denon.

If you need more than two HDMI inputs on your receiver than you might want to look at the Onkyo 805.

You will be happy with any of those choices.


Good luck

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Bang for the buck!
by jingoboy_78 / April 3, 2008 3:47 AM PDT

My choice of set up will be
if you are in a budget...

Onkyo 605(2 hdmis) Vs onkyo 805 (3 hdmis)
panasonic DMP BD 30(bitstreams DTS HDMA and Dolby digital which can be decoded by your onkyo 605 or onkyo 805 which results in lossless Hi def audio)

Search for some polk audio satelite systems to start with..but if money is not a big deal for you then there are many speakers out there.

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Audio
by jasondtx / April 4, 2008 4:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Bang for the buck!

Denon AVR 2808 or higher is a very good way to go. Good power to drive pretty much any speaker system, Audyssey eq system built in, good scaler, etc. If you want much better quality you can always go with Rotel, Lexicon, Classe, or others.

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yes, better quality
by jostenmeat / April 4, 2008 5:17 AM PDT
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but w/o hi-def audio support for the time being. Rotel should be coming out with them later this year, about pre-Christmas perhaps.

Personally, I would get the Yamaha 663 over the Onkyo 605. If budget can expand to $600, Id get a refurbed 805 at about double the weight and double the current, as well as using the same DAC set as the Integra 9.8 or even the $7,000 Denon pre.

The 605 does not have pre-outs. Strike #1 for me. It cannot matrix hi-def over 7.1... strike #2.

To the OP. There are a lot of noobies who are all goo-goo-ga-ga over the hi-def audio, and they actually think it will make a difference with HTIB quality speakers. It won't. Your money is best spent first where electrical energy is converted to mechanical energy: the speakers and sub. Once you get all of that up to par, including the amount of power, would I bother with hi-def.

Putting top-fuel in a Yugo still doesn't make it Formula 1.

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Yugo
by Dan Filice / April 4, 2008 6:25 AM PDT
In reply to: yes, better quality

Josten,

Hey wait a minute...I put a Ferrari badge on my Yugo and I swear it's faster.

You are correct about the quality of speakers first, then worry about HD Audio later. I've played BD discs using my lowly Yamaha receiver with only 6.1, and the standard 6.1 sounds great. I guess I don't know what I'm missing yet, but the benefits of HD audio will need to wait until I can afford a receiver that will process it. And, don't we need a receiver too that will process the new HD audio format as well as a DVD player that will recognize it?

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depends...
by jostenmeat / April 4, 2008 7:46 AM PDT
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In your case, the PS3 internally unpacks almost all of the formats, which is sent out as Multi Ch PCM.

In which case all you need is a receiver with HDMI that can handle PCM. (They all can except the very, very, very cheapest, and I believe such receivers should never have even built, ie Onkyo 505).

It actually opens up more choices for you, perhaps some older Denon's, or even NAD products ($$$) which do not have on-board decoders. But you don't need them (unless you got a different players, perhaps).

I don't think the PS3 has multi-ch analogs... but that path has its own issues at times.

I am not planning any time soon to swap out my refurbed 805.. and I have no idea what timeline you are on... but knowing me and how potentially insane I can get, if I ever upgraded I'd let you have it for half the cost of what i got it for, if not less. So about $300. We live close enough. I'll help you set it up, you supply me a beer. Silly

again, Im going to use it for a while though, but who knows. Anyways, the thing runs very very hot, and if you need to shove it in a credenza, cabinet with shelving on 5 sides, I recommend you go elsewhere unless you are fine with a couple of computer fans for intake/exhuast.

J

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