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Hi guys,

has any one made the jump from a standard Dolby digital and dts amp to a Dolby true HD and dts hd capable amp? Is there really that much difference in the sound quality and clarity?  Is it worth upgrading an amp just for these?

i haven't demoed anything yet, so was just after other people thoughts

cheers

rocket

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

Hello rocketrazor

O yes defo worth the upgrade, are you happy with your current an amp, if you have been happy with what you have try to stick with the same make, depending what it is of course, the pioneers-denons-Onkyos-yamahas seem to be the choice of most, but for surround sound purposes then yes it would be well worth it, best thing is take some thing you are used to, film wise... then grab a demo and see what you think, it may be that you are not overly impressed with the result, so try a few different makes/models, if you are still not convinced then Hey you have not lost nothing. Also if you decide to upgrade you will find that most if not all amps have the bells and whistles that your current one does not, so if online content and all the other options are your cup of tea, then its a win win.

Let us know how you get on...what amp do you have at the moment out of interest. Cool

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

A good bd with ddtrue in 5.1 or 7.1 is exceptional with half decent kit/room.

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

Hi pioneer7,

thanks for the prompt response 

i currently have the Yamaha rx-v596rds which in its day I think was an award winning amp (if I remember rightly, it's at least 11 years old now!). I have a 5.0 surround system as I don't have a sub.

i do love my amp and the only reason to upgrade would be for the new sound that comes on the blu-rays, no other reason, not worried about all this networking and streaming stuff, not my cup of tea yet.  Hence I'm wondering if it is worth the money to upgrade to a new one.  I remember thinking that the upgrade from DVD to blu ray was worth the extra cash for the new tvs, not sure on the sound though.  Currently watch blu rays via the ps3 but thinking of upgrading that as well soon so.

cheers

 

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Hi rocketrazor

If you look at the pioneer 922 or Onkyo-515 the denon-2312 I think.... these can be had for silly money, so would be a good start, these are last years models but still great value for money,the 922 was a 5-star winner this year due to its price, be quick tough as they will be scarce soon. Cool

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

With HD audio formats, dialogue is clearer for starters (just try Se7en, Zodiac and No Country For Old Men), and with the higher frequencies being more extended and cleaner (less compressed) everything sounds so much more airy and open, allowing the speakers to disappear more. A subwoofer (which is holy recommended) also benefits - sub bass reaches deeper in a more even manner - bass on SD formats sounds a bit boomy in comparison to HD formats.

Of course, how much of these benefits can be enjoyed will depend on the system - the more capable the system, the greater the rewards.

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Cheers for the info, I need to find somewhere that can demo these and a few other sets. I need to get my tv sorted out first though. I guess only then will I know if the upgrade in sound from br's is worth buying a new amp for

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David@FrankHarvey wrote:

With HD audio formats, dialogue is clearer for starters (just try Se7en, Zodiac and No Country For Old Men), and with the higher frequencies being more extended and cleaner (less compressed) everything sounds so much more airy and open, allowing the speakers to disappear more. A subwoofer (which is holy recommended) also benefits - sub bass reaches deeper in a more even manner - bass on SD formats sounds a bit boomy in comparison to HD formats.

Of course, how much of these benefits can be enjoyed will depend on the system - the more capable the system, the greater the rewards.

thanks for the info, I'm assuming (maybe dangerously) that my speakers being 11 years old also would be able to handle the HD audio fine, I wouldn't have to upgrade these?

i can't justify to myself a subwoofer, I would drive the neighbours nuts if I had one. I know though that it would make all the difference to the system but I do have to live with them and at present we get along fine, I can see that changing as soon as a sub is used  Smile

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

The speakers will only output what comes from the AV receiver. So don't worry about them. They'll handle HD audio just fine.

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You won't know what you're missing until you've experienced a subwoofer!  Wink

In my opinion, it's the most important component of a home cinema system.

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Hi rocketrazor

What speakers are you using please?

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

A little room treatment will not only improve the sound but also keep next door happy(er).

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

Just want to agree with everyone else. I changed from an old yamaha av to my current one and it was

amazing, plus the advantage of HDMI connectivity. Agree also a sub makes a big difference on home cinema.

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

Hi Rocket, at the risk of adding not much new to previous posts, yes it is absolutely worth the upgrade - HD audio through a decent amp/speaker set up is the equivalent step-up to what we all heard when Dolby digital replaced Dolby pro-logic - if it's in budget then definitely do it. 

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

Thanks for the input guys. Just need to convince the wife now  banging head against wall

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RE: Is it worth upgrading my home cinema amp?

rocketrazor wrote:

Hi guys,

has any one made the jump from a standard Dolby digital and dts amp to a Dolby true HD and dts hd capable amp? Is there really that much difference in the sound quality and clarity?  Is it worth upgrading an amp just for these?

i haven't demoed anything yet, so was just after other people thoughts

cheers

rocket

Strange that you ask this just as I was thinking (just as I was about to read this post) I came across my Predator Blu-Ray yesterday afternoon and last night played it.... WOW !  In DTS HD Master Audio   (if memory serves it said this on the Onkyo player)  AND it was LOUD too... had to turn it down a tad...lolz. (VERY open sounding, very clear)

I'd say yes, without doubt.

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