Digital 4.1 Configuration
The VersaJack Digital 4.1 setting is a hybrid digital/analog output mode designed for speaker systems equipped with a digital input for the Front Speaker pair and an analog input for the Rear Speaker pair. These speaker systems are designed to reproduce both Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and audio for 4-channel games. When playing anything other than Dolby Digital from a DVD, Digital 4.1 mode sends the Front L/R audio signals in digital format to the VersaJack tip and ring conductors and the Rear L/R audio signals in analog format to the Back Speakers, so you don't have to unplug the digital input when switching between Dolby Digital and four channel audio.
Dolby Digital AC-3 Configuration
Dolby Digital™ Surround (also known as "AC-3") is a proprietary encoding technology from Dolby Labs that compresses 5.1 surround information into a stereo digital data stream. There are also AC-3 modes for 4-speaker setups, with or without a subwoofer.
When the VersaJack output is set to digital mode, playing a DVD encoded with Digital Dolby AC-3 multi-channel audio automatically sends the digital AC-3 signal to the VersaJack ring conductor. This signal should be connected to an amplifier, receiver or speaker system with a digital input and AC-3 decoder so the AC-3 decoder in the amplifier will convert it into 5.1 surround sound.
Perhaps the most exciting new development the S4 MidiLand 8200 v2.0 features is the ADS-4000, a digital decoder, which will not only be able to process Dolby Digital technology, but the super-savvy, next generation sound technology, DTS Ditigal Surround. In addition to the original Dolby Digital (AC-3) 5.1, Dolby ProLogic, and 2.1 surround features, MidiLand has also added the analog 4.1-surround sound capability to the upgraded model, enabling full EAX sound effect support.
timwhit said:One more piece of advice: Don't buy anything that says 'Bose' on it.
I have made this mistake in the past and have paid for it.
I'm not a big fan of Cambridge products either. Too much advertising and they are sold at Best Buy which is another turn off. (Creative uses Cambridge speakers.)
timwhit said:Merc, what kind of sound setup do you have? I can't wait to get rid of my Sony receiver, but the fact that I'm broke makes it hard. I still like my Sony Wega 27" though...
Odd... I returned an Onkyo and bought a Sony ES (DA5ES). I like the Sony much more. Can't beat the 5 year warranty either.Mercutio said:I had a Sony ES Receiver. It broke an offensive number of times and frankly didn't sound as nice as some of the other things I could've spent $800 on.
I sold it and bought the Onkyo.
I don't think AR is the speaker maker they once were. Most of their stuff is pretty low end these days.timwhit said:I don't think I have heard any Acoustic Research before.
My personal favorite speaker brands are NHT, Definitive Technology, Monitor Audio, and B&W. There are others but I can't remember them right now.
I completely despise anything made by Klipsch, and pretty much any other well known brand (well known in the speaker industry seems to equate with less quality, more hype).
I don't really mind my Sony 300 Disc Changer it works faily well, never had a problem playing a CD in it before, except a few that are fairly scratched.
Well my old non ES reciever only was ever in for repair once and it's like 7 years old now. Maybe you had bad luck with your ES reciever, but the last few generations have been solid judging from the lack of complaints on the various forums.Mercutio said:Wait until the third or fourth time it needs warranty repair (four to six weeks repair + transit) and tell me how much you like it. The original reason I bought my Kenwood receiver was as a cheap, temporary replacement during the regular disappearance of my Sony.
timwhit said:How much money are you planning on spending on this endeavor?
I think in the long run you would be better off buying a real receiver with digital inputs (built in Dobly Digital, & DTS decoder) and a 5 channel speaker system to go along with it.
It might cost more right now, but in the long run but it really does make a lot more sense. And it will sound a whole lot better.
You might not be planning on spending the kind of money that I am talking about, but at least consider it.
Mercutio said:Philips Acoustic Edge ($50 or so) + Onkyo 494 ($250, does DD/DTS/DPLII and video switching) + cheap KLH 5.1 speaker set ($149 at Best Buy) + $5 SPDIF cable + a ton of speaker wire = You're under still under budget and ready for the future.
I buy my AV cables from cableconn.com.
http://www.audioreview.com/Main+Speaker/Bose+Acousitmass+10/PRD_119194_1594crx.aspxI currently have a pair of AR PS2062's(which I'm selling to my friend), three pairs of Aura LSB-527M's,three Aura LSC-537M CC's,and a pair of Aura LSW-828's in storage. That's obviously not including the Michaura M55's(mains),Aura's CC,and my old(but still great-sounding)dbx Soundfield 3x2 sub/sat system(rear surrounds)in my HT.
Actually, the dbx system dominated the competition which featured systems from Bose,Yamaha,Cambridge SoundWorks,and Polk...all costing at least twice as much as the dbx.
Mercutio said:If you choose to hook up your PC through analog 5.1 inputs on a receiver, you'll get 6 channels any time there's six channels to be had, which is the same thing computer speakers would do.
timwhit said:Are the old speakers powered or unpowered?
Mercutio said:A receiver with Dolby Pro Logic II will try really hard to turn any input it gets into 5.1, even if it's a plain old stereo input.
If you choose to hook up your PC through analog 5.1 inputs on a receiver, you'll get 6 channels any time there's six channels to be had, which is the same thing computer speakers would do.