Product Type: Yamaha Amplifiers
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Yamaha DSP-E 800
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Yamaha DSP-E 800
Advantages: Lots and lots of features for the money
This Audio-Video unit is aimed squarely at users who would like high quality cinema sound without the huge costs involved in a full amplifier and processor unit. It could originally be bought at around £300, but I got mine a few years after its release for only £110.
The processor features everything you would expect from a quality Yamaha product such as their DSP (Digital Sound Processing) modes and raw Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. It also features Dolby Pro Logic and Pro Logic Enhanced modes for those wishing to 'upscale' the sound from a stereo or mono input to surround sound.
I prefer not to use the DSP or Pro Logic Enhanced modes as these more or less add echo to create a surrounding effect. The DSP modes can be used as a way to store your preferences as each mode has its own set of settings such as channel delay, echo, and subwoofer output level and surround output levels.
The settings also enable you to change how bass is handled to accommodate all different speaker arrangements. There is also a 'Memory Protect' feature, which stops children from accidentally changing the internal processing settings mentioned above.
The processor features a 3-channel amplifier, which enables people with an already installed stereo amplifier and subwoofer to upgrade to surround sound with little effort. On the back panel, you get 3 optical inputs, 2 coaxial digital inputs as well as 6 stereo inputs and also a 6-channel auxiliary decoder input for future formats that the processor cannot decode itself.
To help with installation, there is a pink noise generator that when used with a dB meter will allow the user to correctly balance all channels for the perfect sound experience. The 3 on-board amplifier channels are Centre, Right Surround and Left Surround and are powered at a minimum RMS of 70W, 8-ohms each. To accompany the audio inputs, the device also has a set of s-video and composite connectors for specific inputs.
Summary: Excellent product for the price and a great way to upgrade from stereo or quadraphonic
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