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Old 07-16-01, 03:00 PM
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Reciever traits

My player has DTS and DD decoding in it already, and I see that many receivers are being sold with that feature highlighted. As I don't need it in the receiver, can anyone suggest an inexpensive receiver that I can buy?

And maybe I have my question worded wrong, what makes up the ranges of the traits of a receiver that would justify higher/lower prices?
Old 07-16-01, 03:24 PM
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Make sure your player really has DTS decoding built in. Most will pass the DTS signal, but very few actually do the decoding.

If you actually do have built-in DTS decoding, you should still consider a digital receiver. In almost all cases, you won't get a significant price break by buying a non-digital receiver. Spend the extra $100 or so, because:
- You may eventually replace the DVD player to a non-DD-built-in model.
- You may have other components that benefit from digital connection (CD, SAT, video game, etc.).
- A digital receiver will usually have more features than its Pro-Logic counterpart, which is aimed at budget consumers.
- The decoding capabilities, bass management, etc. of a receiver will almost always be superior to that of a DVD player's built-in decoder.
Old 07-16-01, 03:33 PM
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Originally posted by DigIt
Make sure your player really has DTS decoding built in. Most will pass the DTS signal, but very few actually do the decoding.

If you actually do have built-in DTS decoding, you should still consider a digital receiver. In almost all cases, you won't get a significant price break by buying a non-digital receiver. Spend the extra $100 or so, because:


It's a panasonic rp91, which says it does.


- You may eventually replace the DVD player to a non-DD-built-in model.


Not in a long time, I buy to last me a few years. I'm too frugal.


- You may have other components that benefit from digital connection (CD, SAT, video game, etc.).


Nope. I'm just playing with my SuperNintendo and Playstation still!


- A digital receiver will usually have more features than its Pro-Logic counterpart, which is aimed at budget consumers.
- The decoding capabilities, bass management, etc. of a receiver will almost always be superior to that of a DVD player's built-in decoder.


This has merit to me. So how does the DVD know what to go through. Say the player is better than the receiver, would it degrade to the receiver's level?
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Great inexpensive receiver:

Onkyo TX-DS494 - As cheap as $257 online.

Higher priced receivers have more power to drive the speakers with and sound better at a given volume. They also have better remotes, 6.1, 7.1, etc. Mostly the amp part of the receiver is most powerful.
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There are very few DD/DTS "ready" receivers made today. Your best bet would be buying a receiver with a built in DD/DTS decoder due to the fact you will have more selection and features. If you must go the DD/DTS ready route, look into a used receiver online from Ebay, that will save you money and probably have more options than some of the entry level ones you get new today.

As for the actual decoding, the decoding in today's receivers will be just as good as any decoding done in your player. I would lean to getting a receiver with the built in decoders just in case you ever decide to get into something else that may eventually have a digital audio stream (digital cable, HDTV, DVD-Audio, etc.)

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