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DTS was an option/factory upgrade, but it was implemented in the box (plug-in card). DD5.1 required both an internal mod plus a separate A205 box*. I picked up one of those about a year ago on Ebay. Both my A200s have DTS, but only one has the DD5.1 mod. DTS is very good on the A200. Everything, sound-wise, is very very good on the A200.
I personally found the Angstrom better than anything else I listened to (Krell, Proceed, Lexicon, Chiro, and some others) ... but I never listened to anything on the order of an 861 or Theta CBIII.
Yeah, too bad about the balanced connections. As good as it sounds, I know many folks could never deal with the limitations of an older unit. Some need HDMI/component video switching, can't live without automatic room correction, need XLR, want DD/DTS HD, etc.
*Weird, eh? I talked to one of the engineers about this at the time. They kept promising the DD5.1 card upgrade, and promising .... The holdup was a Motorola DSP chip whose release they were waiting for. Well, they waited so long, they ended up closing the doors without ever implementing DD5.1 via card upgrade. DTS was available almost right from the start.