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post #1 of 4 Old 02-18-2013, 07:10 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys I am wanting to get a nice THX A/V receiver for my home theater. I have a nice Pioneer laserdisc player with the AC-C output. I also have a Pioneer Elite DVD player that up converts and a nice LG Bluray player. My current A/V receiver is a Pioneer AHK-1019 that has HDMI inputs and outputs. I like the receiver but would love to find an older THX receiver that has HDMI and AC-3. Does anyone know if something like this was made and if so who made them and what are the model numbers?

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What you probably want to find is a standalone AC-3 demodulator.

I recommend reading this: http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-properly-handle-AC3-Dolby-Digital-on-Laserdisc?ugid=10000000010320266

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Are there any nice THX receivers with AC-3 input that at least have component in and out? I want to get one to run my
laserdisc player with. It seems as thought the stand along decoders cost almost as much as the older receivers I have found.
I can't seem to find a receiver that decodes THX and AC-3. I would prefer Pioneer since most of my equipment is that but I am open
to other good makes and models.

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Pioneer DVL-919 Laserdisc player
Pioneer VSX-1019-AH A/V Receiver

Sony ss-ts503 5 speaker system

Pinnacle Digital Sub 100 - 10" sub
65" Mitsubishi Diamond Series Projection TV
LG Bluray player
Pioneer Elite DVD Player
NEC PG9+ CRT Projector

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Now defunct(out of production) Pioneer SC-09 is the only receiver I know of which had HDMI IN/OUT and RF In for AC-3.

It retailed $7000 when new. Pioneer dropped the price to $3500 last few months then discontinued about 2 years ago.

You can find used or old stock but generaly asking price is $2500 or higher.

The amp section is Class D 10ch each 200 watts. HDMI inputs do not process video they are only passthrough. It has marvel's Qdeo chip for processing analog inputs. SO if you hook up your LD player to its S-Video or Composite it will upscale to 1080p nicely.

It decodes all the new Lossless audio codecs like DTS-HD MA, Dolby TrueHD. It will NOT pass 3D video.

You make your decision if you want to spend that kind of money. Its a killer receiver its still worth it if you have the right gear(speakers etc..)
but like others pointed you can buy a RF demodulator for $100-200 and simply use your current receiver.

there is too many receivers with component in/out with RF in.
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