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Replacing Cambridge Soundworks DTT3500 system

by tvbonnici / May 29, 2013 1:59 AM PDT


Way back in 2000 I purchased a Cambridge Soundworks DTT3500 ( For many years it was not used.

Recently I purchased a flat screen TV and hooked this unit to the TV. My problem is that this unit only supports Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround. This means that content with a DTS track is not supported.

I would appreciate any advice on whether it is possible to replace the processing unit without having to replace the speakers and subwoofer.

Thank You

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Clarification Request
What's your budget approximately?
by Pepe7 / May 29, 2013 2:04 AM PDT

There are plenty of entry level HTIB systems that would suffice IMHO, if you would like something of similar quality.

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Approximate budget
by tvbonnici / May 29, 2013 5:11 AM PDT

My budget is in the region of Euro 500. It is important that the system supports Dolby, DTS and other mainstream formats.

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by Pepe7 / May 29, 2013 7:03 AM PDT
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You should be easy to accommodate Wink

In all reality though, most modern receivers, even entry level ones, support all those formats, including the more recent wideband audio codecs found on blu ray discs.

More in a few...

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can you buy from the US?
by Pepe7 / May 29, 2013 11:11 AM PDT
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I guess it would be easier to know where you are normally sourcing your electronics from, since many brands/models will be unavailable to you across the pond.

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by tvbonnici / May 29, 2013 5:04 PM PDT

The countries I can shop from are Italy and the UK.

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AV receiver example
by Pepe7 / May 29, 2013 11:18 AM PDT
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by tvbonnici / May 29, 2013 5:27 PM PDT
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by Pepe7 / May 30, 2013 12:22 AM PDT
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I was looking around for separates, but that system will be an upgrade to your Cambridge. Go for it.

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Unfortunately, no. It's proprietary
by Pepe7 / May 29, 2013 2:02 AM PDT

You would have to change the whole rig since those speakers are designed to only work with their unit.

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Same problem
by mjd420nova / May 30, 2013 9:06 AM PDT

I faced the same problem, replacing a very good Pioneer surround system from the "80s with an entry level digital audio unit.. Yamaha makes a whole line of units priced from $150. to $600. depending upon power output and other frills. The RX-V373 is 100 true watts per channel. Two front, two rear, a center and a subwoofer. It worked very well and suited the mix of analog/composite audio components and as long as the paired speakers are paired and phased properly, any set will work fine. HDMI has become the new standard but for the best fully capable decoder, optical (fiber) cable is best.

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