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Joe Redifer

 - posted 05-30-1999 02:23 AM            Edit/Delete Post 
Has anybody here listened to Dolby EX, DTS ES (same thing as Dolby EX only
smaller and much easier to install) or even SMART Circle Surround? What are
your impressions?

We have 1 DTS and 1 Dolby EX unit. The DTS unit works really well. Both offer
surround EQ's. It is not a phenomenal leap forward in sound, and I personally
think that it is more "gimmicky" than anything, but it is still pretty neat. It
"completes" the surround field, though. Too bad it is matrixed and not discrete. I
can't (so far) tell any sound quality difference between the DTS and Dolby EX
units. I'll have to put Episode 1 to the test with that. I'm sure the Smart Circle
Surround is probably crap.

Chris Trainor

 - posted 05-30-1999 02:24 AM            Edit/Delete Post 
What's funny is the SMART circle surround has been out for a while now. I'm
surprised it took Dolby this long to do somethign with it. Then again, i'm sure lucas
heard of the circlesurround and asked dolby, and Dolby jumped on it.

But, just the fact the Dolby design is probably newer the Smart's will mean it
should sound a little better. But the smart unit's i've heard are pretty good.

Joe Redifer

 - posted 05-30-1999 02:24 AM            Edit/Delete Post 
Interesting. I didn't know that the SMART CS predated the Dolby EX unit. I
learn something new almost every week! Of course Dolby and THX get all of the
credit. But I guess the SMART device was designed to "enhance" playback of
normal movies, similar to their Afterburner dynamic range killer. It does not seem
to me that the SMART CS allows you to EQ each surround channel, which the
EX does. The DTS ES goes so far to let you EQ the 4th out of phase channel that
isn't even used!

Ken Layton

 - posted 05-30-1999 02:25 AM            Edit/Delete Post 
I have a manual on the Smart CS-EX unit that I downloaded from their website.
Their unit has full octave EQ on all surround channels.

Gordon McLeod
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 - posted 06-05-1999 01:25 PM      Profile for Gordon McLeod   Email Gordon McLeod   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have installed several Smart CSEX units they have full octave eq's on all channel;s and sound great but full points go to PanaStereo in Australia (no a Smart Co.) they demo'ed EX back in 1995. There usnit allows you to unplug the EQ cards from the PanaStereo processor and plug them, in to teh EX adaptor allowing 3rd Octave EQ on the surrounds. I have also hooked up a Dolby EX45 :-) to a CP200 using the3rd octave eqs in the accesory cage

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Brad Miller

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From: Plano, TX (36.2 miles NW of Rockwall)
Registered: May 99

 - posted 06-05-1999 03:44 PM      Profile for Brad Miller   Author's Homepage   Email Brad Miller       Edit/Delete Post 
EX through a CP200 w/aux box. Definitely the way to go! It's ashamed Dolby didn't incorporate 1/3 octave surround eq into the CP500.

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