Laura (not verified) -- Thu, 10/15/2009 - 18:37
I need help in figuring out what to use for surround sound processing on my current 5.1 system, I have had enjoyed home theater since the mid eighties and still have many of my original components that I am not wanting to part with... (1985) Bryston 3b amp, (1985) Research SP-8 preamp, (1985)Sota Turntable with kisiki gold arm and talisman cartridge,(1998) Classe CD transport, (1998)Theta DDA converter, (1985)Nakamichi B-300 cassette deck, (1995)Marantz mono block, (1995) Hafler 120 amp, (2001) sony dvd player(basic lower priced unit) one pair of(1998) Martin Logans CLS IIz ,(1985) Velodyne ULD 15 subwoofer,(1995) Martin Logan Cinema center channel and a pair of (2001) Martin Logan wall hanging Script speakers, my speaker wires and interconnects are Van Den Hul golds, Randall Research interconnects, Van Den Hul interconnects, Some of their highest grade of Monster Cable interconnects and video cables on the video side, (1998) Barco Data 808S CRT Projector and a 104" screen.
I have been using a (1990) sony surround sound processor, this is a stand alone processor with no pre amp/power amp, This processor is no longer working correctly and unable to handle HDMI which I am planning on upgrading my barco projector to and getting a oppo DVD player for HDMI blu ray ability.
My question is how do I use my older preamp and amps that I currently have yet be able to get into the latest HDMI and surround sound processing now available? Most if not all of the surround sound processors have their own preamps and that will not allow me to use my SP-8 for it's superior sound? IS there a similar stand alone processor that is HDMI/Blu Ray capable available? Or do I have to go with something that will not allow me to use my SP-8 anymore? What about using my turntable? Many of the processor/preamp units I have looked at do not allow me to use the turntable such as the newest Outlaw 997 that I have looked at. Please advise all possible ways to give me the stereo sound I love yet upgrade into the latest video surround sound too, OH and I am hoping to keep it as close to 2k as possible for this surround sound processor