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What would you do? 14 Jan 2002 03:19 #21142

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I want to get Digital in 1 of our houses. We currently have 2 poor and mismatched amps (1 Qsc and 1 old Crown), a Dolby cp-50 system, and mono surround speakers. Also, we have an exciter lamp, (not an LED reverse scan), no subwoofer, and 15+ year old "sound of the cinema" screen speakers L-C-R.

My question, would you start over and if so how much should I expect to pay? OR, would you get the required "add-ons" to adapt to our system to upgrade to DTS?

Right now we are in a situation where price is more of an issue that total quality. Can a DTS upgrade be had for $5,000? $10,000? It's a "buyers" market because of all the closings, but do I call dealers directly, or closed theaters?

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Re: What would you do? 14 Jan 2002 11:08 #21143

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Your existing amps, screen speakers, and surround speakers will likely not be able to handle the dynamic range and power of digital sound. These should be replaced. You don't have to have a subwoofer or split the surrounds, but it would be nice. The CP-50 MUST have a cat 113-c automation card in it as a bare minimum for you to use digital sound. DTS is the only digital sound system that supports a CP-50 processor. They make an adapter card that attaches to the backplane of the CP-50 to patch in the digital sound and automation pulses.
You don't need to upgrade the exciter lamp system to a reverse scan, but again, it would be nice.

Many theater equipment dealers (such as American Cinema Equipment, [url=http://www.cinequip.com)]www.cinequip.com)[/url] sell what is known as "B" stock DTS units which are basically demonstrator units factory refurbed with full warranty for considerably less than brand new prices. Of course many theater dealers also have tons of used projection and sound equipment in their warehouses, too.

If you know of any closed theaters and can contact the owners to work out a deal on equipment, that might be a route to try also.
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Re: What would you do? 16 Jan 2002 16:24 #21144

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I agree with Ken that you should upgrade your amps and speakers to handle the extended dynamic range of digital tracks. Fortunately, now is a good time to get deals on (slightly) used equipment, as the majors close marginal theatres.

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Re: What would you do? 20 Jan 2002 15:23 #21145

All the digital systems require a subwoofer as it is a discrete channel. Only optical and mag use an extension circuit to derive it from the existing screen channels
There are many good used packages available that would make it practical to upgrade
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