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best sound? 24 Aug 2007 14:27 #22610

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We have a lousy mono system in one theatre. We do not want to spend an armload. What basic sound system do you like?

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Re: best sound? 24 Aug 2007 14:38 #22611

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Ultra Stereo...
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Re: best sound? 24 Aug 2007 15:58 #22612

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We had the same thing. Just this summer I got two used Ultra Stero systems, one from Ebay. Plus new used speakers and what a huge difference it made. With the ultra system I have both can take DTS decoder units when I want to add them.
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Re: best sound? 24 Aug 2007 18:37 #22613

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Many people do like the Ultra Stereo equipment. You can also do well if you can get your hands on a Dolby CP65. It will handle all your analog needs and manage input signals from whatever digital processor you might find, either Dolby or DTS. Check Ebay and your area equipment suppliers. Good used equipment percolates to the surface fairly frequently.
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Re: best sound? 25 Aug 2007 08:06 #22614

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Ultra stereo is the perfect addition to smaller markets and cinemas.
You get a lot of bang for you buck and it sounds great. The audience will notice immediately and won't put you in the poor house equipping your theater with it!
Plus it is very simple to install!
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Re: best sound? 09 Sep 2007 10:52 #22615

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Mike,
I've recently seen some specifications for a theater converting to digital projection from Access IT. They require a minimum sound system of 5.1 so you might take that into consideration in your long term strategy for upgrading your theater.
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Re: best sound? 09 Sep 2007 17:08 #22616

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That sounds like sound advice, Beckwith.

Mike, I have seen alot of DTS' and Dolby CP65's for sale on the internet lately.

Straying off topic--What are you up to now Beckwith? Last I remember hearing from you was that your lease was up and you weren't renewing.

[This message has been edited by BurneyFalls (edited September 09, 2007).]
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Re: best sound? 12 Nov 2007 13:40 #22617

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Mike,

There is no one piece of equipment that will give you good sound. Certainly, there are brands and models that work better than others, but good sound comes from a thoughtful analysis of your room. Typically, though, I look to a modern stage speaker(s) and a decent processor as the first step. Improved room accoustics also go a LONG way toward better sound. Doug and I will be in Bridgeton in December to install and calibrate the sound in their new 4-plex. It's not all new gear, but the results will be very nice.

-Scott
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Re: best sound? 12 Nov 2007 13:44 #22618

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nothing better than dts in my book...........
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Re: best sound? 12 Nov 2007 14:05 #22619

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Bridgeton will have both DTS and Dolby Digital, so it will be easy to compare the sound quality.
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Re: best sound? 12 Nov 2007 20:35 #22620

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Of the processors available today which ones will interface easily with D-Cinema?
If older processors are used what modifications will have to be made....
Scott great to have you posting on this site!!!!
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Re: best sound? 13 Nov 2007 00:47 #22621

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John,

*All* processors with 5.1, whether digital or not, will work in the D-Cinema world.

OK, now for the "*".

D-Cinema sound comes in an AES-EBU Digital output. That requires a processor that has an AES-EBU input. All CP650's manufactured in the last year or so have that by default. All XD-10P or USL JSD-80D processors have it. For older CP650's and other brands, you need an AES-EBU decoder that spits out 5.1 ANALOG signal. Dolby sells their DMA8+ unit, and there are many DSP products that also perform the function. In addition, some server manufacturers (like Doremi) offer an optional 6-channel analog output card for an additional cost with the server.

So, no real worries unless you don't have 5.1 now.
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