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Hi,


I'd like to know what to do here:


I currently have a Sony DE825 Dolby Digital receiver along with:


Sony 35" Trinitron S40 TV (rca/svideo in)

Sony Hi-Fi VCR (rca)

Toshiba 2109 DVD (s-video & optical/co-ax out)

Sony PlayStation2 /w S-video & optical DD/DTS

Sony 200disc CD changer (optical OR rca[currently])

RCA DirecTV 4th Gen 420RE Receiver (s-video)

klipsch 10" sub powered

Energy exl15 surrounds

Energy exl16 fronts

Energy exlC centre

all running monster medium quality


So here's my problem. My Sony receiver only does Dolby Digital (no DTS) and ProLogic. The subwoofer output no longer functions, or does so at an extremely low volume (I have to add +10 bass and turn the sub up all the way to get anything out of it). I'm thinking it's time for a new amp..


Now this is my first slapped together Home Theatre, and I would like to take into consideration the future now that I can afford a better amp.


My problem is I don't know what would be best, and this is why: I will upgrade and get HD once it becomes a little more mainstream, at this point I would probably also purchase a progressive scan DVD (or possibly DVD-HD).. the current amps that can handle this that also have Dolby Pro Logic II are the Onkyo 898 and 989's. Both fairly pricey units. But would perhaps last me longer than say a 595 or 696[which also has component switching]. Both of these units also have DPLII and are at a much more resonable price (though the 696 is about double the price for me). The aspect of 7.1 entrigues me, but I don't know if I'll even get to use it before they come out with some new standard. Will it ever stop?? (don't answer that.. :))


Anyhow...


The reason I only mention Onkyo is I work for a chain of stores up here where I Onkyo, Sony, Pioneer, and Luxman are the only brands of hifi we carry. I assume the Onkyo to be the best of the group for quality/etc.. and I can get the 595 for about $600CDN out the door and the 696 $1050CDN out the door.


Any suggestions would be great..


Thanks!


Adam.
 

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Onkyo isnt bad....but does your shop carry the sony ES line? I owned an ES receiver once upon a time and it sounded good.
 

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Well, the attractive thing about Onkyo is DPLII. As far as I can tell Sony has dropped a lot of their ES line in Canada (if not North America). As the sony.ca website offers nothing but CD/DVD players in ES.


If someone has some inside info, I'd love to know if Sony is releasing some new ES gear, as I have been a bit of a fan, but don't want to buy their cheap stuff anymore.
 

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absolutdm,


Sony is releasing the STR-DA5ES.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-vkBFJBR...158STRD5ES&s=0


Looks like street price will be $1200.00 U.S.


This thing will have just about all the latest bells and whistles, at least this is the claim on crutchfield. It should be out some time this month. I've been very curious about this one. I was hoping it would be of the same pedigree as the highly regarded STR-DA777ES.

http://www.hifichoice.co.uk/review_read.asp?ID=518


However, it doesn't look like the same amplifier technology will be used. However, it still looks like it can be a real winner, this unit might be up your alley.
 

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There seems to be a STR-DA3ES being released as well (found it on Crutchfields site)..


I can't seem to get to Sony.com's electronics area (And sony.ca's is only listing CD's players)..


The 3ES doesn't mention DPL2, but do you think they'd really miss out on this at this point in the game?
 
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