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6 Channel SR Sound Processors 23 Oct 2006 23:02 #22599

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What are folks' thoughts on 6 channel SR sound processors? (used of ourse) The idea will be to add the XD-10 in a few months. Seems like the Dolby processors are difficult to find these days while processors from Smart and Ultra-Stereo are more common.

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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 24 Oct 2006 16:33 #22600

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Seems like the Dolby processors are difficult to find these days while processors from Smart and Ultra-Stereo are more common.


That probably answers your question as well as anything. The Dolby gear is good stuff, and probably doesn't get changed out unless a theatre upgrades or closes. Even then, that equipment normally finds itself on a shelf or upgrading another of that owner's screens.

I have CP65 processors here, and am using both Dolby and DTS digital units with them. Can't see any reason to change, unless you want new... then CP650s and Ultra Stereo stuff comes up in regular conversation.

Not that Smart and Ultra Stereo don't have some decent gear out there... but I'd be careful about using some of their older stuff. As far as used equipment goes, most of what I hear (and have experienced) is that a CP65 will put out as good an analog signal as you're going to get. You want that if for some reason your digital switches out on you.

I'd get a list of theatre supply companies & see what range of prices you might find.

If you're on a budget, Smart has a new processor out. I've heard a couple of good reports about it, but not enough to know one way or the other. Maybe something to check out, though.

Here's the link:
http://www.smartdev.com/cin_prod.htm
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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 08 Nov 2006 12:26 #22601

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check out the dolby and other systems we have sold "on ebay" www.bigscreenbiz.com/ebay

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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 10 Nov 2006 21:14 #22602

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Thanks folks.

I went with a pair of new Dolby CP 650's w/o the digital cards in them. My thought was to get going and add digital in a couple of mos.

Well, I am extremely happy with my sound I am getting with these. IMO, the overwhelming majority of people would not hear the $5000 difference.

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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 12 Nov 2006 13:38 #22603

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Don't discount the subliminal value of your investment.

The overwhelming majority of your customers may not realize you just put in a new digital sound system. Many of them might not consciously notice if you replaced your lenses or put in a new reflector, since deterioration in those areas is so slow.

On the other hand, more of your customers will probably leave, feeling that they got a good value for their money, though they may not know exactly why. At that level, you probably assured yourself more repeat business because of that upgrade, even if few people walk up and rave specifically about your great sound.

I sometimes get asked why I bothered to put digital sound in my drive-in. I can hear the difference, so I'm not discounting that nobody else out there can. Besides, most of the other drive-ins around here aren't even decoding their SR tracks correctly, and one is still broadcasting in AM... so we're pretty sure we've got bragging rights for our sound!


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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 12 Nov 2006 23:13 #22604

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Jack, you definitely have bragging rights for your sound! Having heard your system compared to other drive-ins, I also notice the difference quite clearly. I agree- people may not mention the slight difference digital sound makes, but they may notice it subconsciously. Besides, being able to announce the availability of digital sound is a great marketing point, just as some digitial video theaters are doing.
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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 19 Sep 2007 22:36 #22605

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LOOKING TO BUY THE DOLBY650X--ABOUT WHAT SHOULD I PAY FOR IT?
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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 12 Nov 2007 13:48 #22606

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Here are the current "list" prices for Dolby processors:
CP650XO $14900 (electronic crossover model)
CP650 $13450 (EX model)
CP650D $12250 (SRD but no EX)
CP650SR $8350 (SR but no SRD)
CP650DC $7750 (only D-Cinema inputs)

Our discount is 34% off list.
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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 12 Nov 2007 21:00 #22607

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thanks i went with the dtsxp10
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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 12 Nov 2007 21:06 #22608

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What are the sound requirements for DCI specs?

Welcome Scott. Everything is working fine here, but will I need to schedule another road trip soon?

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Re: 6 Channel SR Sound Processors 13 Nov 2007 00:39 #22609

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Thanks. DCI requires 5.1 sound - which is left-center-right-left surround-right surround-subwoofer. I think you have that already in both theatres. The studios just don't want Digital movies playing in a mono sound house.
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