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http://www.sherbourn.com/products/pt7020-1

if you don't need 3-D this is a great last gen theater pre-pro that should deliver quality video and audio...

Decoding support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital True HD, Dolby PLIIx, DTS, DTS ES, DTS HD, DTS Master Audio, DTS Neo-6, SPDIF, PCM 8 channel, with true processing up to 192 kHz
GTwin Cirrus® 32 bit dual core DSPs for unequaled high resolution HD audio decoding and signal management
Genesis/ST® Torino high performance scaling engine featuring a full implementation of the Faroujda DCDi® image processing suite
Intuitive, full color graphical OSD with adjustable transparency, presented over live video (including HDMI)
Sherbourn automatic room correction and loudspeaker setup (with the included calibrated microphone)
Full HDMI 1.3a and HDMI 1.3a Deep Color compliance
Quadruple, highly flexible bass manager
Independent 11-channel graphic equalizer (with test tones for manual calibration)
True audiophile-quality sound, with low distortion and wide power bandwidth
Assignable inputs with user-defined labeling, selectable decode modes, and configurable triggers
Balanced and unbalanced audio outputs
Informative front panel VFD display plus front-panel status LEDs for amplifier channels

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Twin Cirrus® 32 bit dual core DSP’s
Decoding support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital True HD, Dolby PLIIx, DTS, DTSES, DTS HD, DTS Master Audio, DTS Neo 6, SPDIF, PCM 8 channel (note: some audio formats are only supported via HDMI)
Multi-channel Dolby Volume (Read ‘How Dolby Volume Works’ at dolby.com)
Genesis/ST® Torino high performance scaling engine, featuring a full implementation of the Faroudja DCDi™ image processing suite
Intuitive, full color graphical OSD with adjustable transparency presented over live video, including HDMI
Unique automatic multi-channel room correction and loudspeaker setup. Calibrated measurement microphone included.
Quadruple bass manager with independently selectable high and low pass frequencies from 40hz to 250hz, in 5Hz or 10Hz increments (depending on frequency)
Selectable 12db or 24db per octave high pass and low pass filters by channel groupings
Independent 11-band graphic EQ with global bass and treble controls by channel groupings
All legacy video inputs can be scaled and output over HDMI at up to 1080p
1080p/24 fps video support
Video pass-through mode with 12 bit compatibility
HDMI sources can be format converted to component video up to 1080i (not available on some copy-protected content)
HDMI 1.3a and HDMI 1.3a Deep Color compliant
RS-232 remote control connection for integration into whole-house control systems
All inputs are assignable and feature input labeling, selectable decode modes, selectable triggers, etc.
0.5dB level trims on all channels
High voltage, low impedance main analog outputs for uncompromised dynamic headroom
Connectivity

(5) HDMI inputs and (1) HDMI output
(3) Composite video inputs (RCA)
(3) S-video inputs (S-video mini DIN)
(3) Component video inputs (RCA)
(1) Component video output (RCA)
(4) Stereo analog audio inputs (RCA)
(1) 7.1 Analog input set (RCA)
(1) 7.1 Analog output set (RCA)
(4) Coaxial digital inputs, (RCA)
(3) Optical digital inputs (Toslink)
(1) Coax digital audio output (RCA) (2.0 downmix)
(1) Optical digital audio output (Toslink) (2.0 down mix)
(1) Stereo or 2 channel analog multi channel mix down output for fixed level monitoring (RCA)
(1) Stereo analog variable and independent Zone 2 output (RCA)
(1) Stereo analog fixed level record output (RCA)
(1) High performance AM/FM tuner with 24 FM and 6 AM presets
(4) Assignable trigger outputs Movie / Music / Amp-1 / Amp-2 (3.5mm mini)
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BTW, not suggesting this is great for reference audio, but someone looking for a budget theater pre-pro should be pretty happy; this like all Sherbourn stuff is pretty solid. if you can't swing the Outlaw or Emotiva $550 - $599 pricepoints.

Originally priced at $2750 for the installer/re-seller it's got all the connections and more (balanced 7.1 out).

http://www.audioholics.com/av-preamp-processor-reviews/sherbourn-pt-7020a-processor-first-look
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Interesting at this price. From the Audioholics write up -- this is based on the old Emotiva UMC-1. I believe that unit had a lot of issues dealing with HDMI and required a lot of firmware updates (and had a less than stellar room correction tech). So would this unit have a lot of those same issues?

If the PT-7030 dropped to this price -- I might bite.

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The pt-7020a is solid unlike the UMC-1 before latest updates Also for $60 more you get a amp if needed (SR-120).Room correction is not the best at least in my room. I do all manually.

The PT-7030 only has 1 more hdmi and 3D support and no room correction.

Not worth over twice the price IMHO
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Interesting at this price. From the Audioholics write up -- this is based on the old Emotiva UMC-1. I believe that unit had a lot of issues dealing with HDMI and required a lot of firmware updates (and had a less than stellar room correction tech). So would this unit have a lot of those same issues?

If the PT-7030 dropped to this price -- I might bite.
There all prices that you're not likely to see much at all in the future imho -at least from any non direct marketing ce's smile.gif I got the 7030 coming as for 600 more I get a proper full range parametric equalizer [not just graphic ] so can tweak with REW and a calibrated mike ; a 2nd hdmi1.4 out and pass through for 3d of course ... Depends on you're system setup to an extent though wink.gif
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I have an old (1995?) Kenwood KM-X1 amp that I would be interested in using with this pre-pro. I'm not very savvy about component compatibility though as my KM-X1 is 5.1 channel (THX certified! smile.gif) and this unit is 7.1.
Is there any problem i might run into in connecting these together? Thanks.
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I have an old (1995?) Kenwood KM-X1 amp that I would be interested in using with this pre-pro. I'm not very savvy about component compatibility though as my KM-X1 is 5.1 channel (THX certified! smile.gif) and this unit is 7.1.
Is there any problem i might run into in connecting these together? Thanks.

I can't speak definitively as my 7030 still lives in its box in the garage, but I'd suspect that the processor can be set to output 5.1 instead of 7.1.

Alternatively, you could always add a stero amp and a pair of speaker's and move to 7.1. I have heard, however, that most movies are mixed for 5.1.

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Thanks for your help.
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I have an old (1995?) Kenwood KM-X1 amp that I would be interested in using with this pre-pro. I'm not very savvy about component compatibility though as my KM-X1 is 5.1 channel (THX certified! smile.gif) and this unit is 7.1.
Is there any problem i might run into in connecting these together? Thanks.

Yes the Surround Back channels can be turned off and made into a zone 2 or not used at all. It has RCA and XLR outputs which I am sure your kenwood has one of.
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Okay, thanks to you.
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BTW, not suggesting this is great for reference audio, but someone looking for a budget theater pre-pro should be pretty happy; this like all Sherbourn stuff is pretty solid. if you can't swing the Outlaw or Emotiva $550 - $599 pricepoints.

Originally priced at $2750 for the installer/re-seller it's got all the connections and more (balanced 7.1 out).

http://www.audioholics.com/av-preamp-processor-reviews/sherbourn-pt-7020a-processor-first-look

I bought one of their 7 channel 150 watt amps before they ran out. I was looking at the 7020 for a pre-amp. That stinks that it doesn't do 3D. At $400 currently, it sure is tempting...I don't use 3D that much. However, I wonder if I should spend a little more and get the UMC-200 or Outlaw 975. Heck, in the 600 and less price range, I could get some type of Marantz AVR from accessories4less that would have better room correction. Granted, my current Yamaha's room corrections stinks and I don't use it. I guess this is my main question...for 600ish or less, what would be the best bang for my buck for a pre-amp (or AVR with pre-outs)?

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Does the PT7020 has PEQ?
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well i'd get an Oppo 103 and run it in two HDMI config with the Video on one HDMI going to the TV and the audio on the other HDMI going to the 7030 or the 7020 depending on your budget, that way you'll still have 3D and the best possible sound.
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BTW, Nice La Scalas!
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well i'd get an Oppo 103 and run it in two HDMI config with the Video on one HDMI going to the TV and the audio on the other HDMI going to the 7030 or the 7020 depending on your budget, that way you'll still have 3D and the best possible sound.

I have a Samsung 3d blu ray player d6700 with dual hdmi output, which can do what Oppo 103 can do, as you have described it above. I also have the Sherbourn 7-150 power amp standing by unused. If I should get the PT-7020, I suppose that could make for a kickass combo... One thing I want to know is whether, in spite of the missing 3d capability, the PT-7020 otherwise can do audio processing better than a regular AVR with Audyssey Multeq XT32, such as the Denon x4000 or the Onkyo 818... If the audio can be that better, that could tip my hand... I'm currently using the Sherbourn Pre-1 for 2-channel music inside my HT system, and it does 2-chanmel music better than anything I can get for music from my Onkyo 818, even when the latter is in 5/7.1 mode. If the PT can do similar sound processing, that would be great. If anyone can chime in with some helpful views, that would be great.
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