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The back of the unit features two RCA stereo inputs used for connecting the audio source, just lower the RCA plugs you find two digital Inputs, the coaxial RCA type and the Optical (TOSLINK) input. A little bit lower on the left side you find the DIN output used for connecting the DigiTheatre Sub built-in Amplifier. Around the center there are four mini out put jacks that are designed to be used with speaker systems that are lacking of RCA inputs.

Back view of the Decoder

The remote control that comes with the decoder is as small as it gets as it is a credit size remote. These types of remotes are mostly used on camcorders and some portable VCRs. The unit operates on a little CR2032 3v battery. The remote includes all the important controls of the DigiTheatre system. You can practically operate the system completely via remote without ever touching the DigiTheatre decoder, although it will be somehow harder as you wonít see the LCD panel starting from about 4 feet away. The Remote it self does a OK job, with its little IR lens it requires to be pointed directly to the decoder. If for example you turn it 90 degrees from the unit, it will stop working. We would personally prefer a full sized remote control.

To AC-3 or to not AC-3

The Dolby Pro Logic surround mode has been around for over 4 years now. The Pro Logic mode is achieved thorough an analog signal using your stereo VCR, TV set, DVD or any other audio equipment featuring the stereo technology. The Pro Logic Mode is used four encoded channels to reproduce the special effects as real as possible. The front left and front right channels provide a normal stereo output. The center channel is the most used in the operation as itís the one keeping the dialogue and other effects firmly placed at the center of the screen and the fourth channel is the surround speakers. The surround channel is mono, this means both surround speaker produce the same effects.

A newer and improved Home Theater standard has appeared around the end of 1998. This newer standard is called Dolby Digital (AC-3). This is currently the latest development in surround sound. Dolby Digital is achieved through digital technology to provide full frequency range channels for the effects. Because of this, every surround speaker will be operating on its own and outputting different effects to create an even more real theater experience. Dolby Digital enables precise location of spatial audio effects, while an extra Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel provides spectacular explosions effects. Dolby Digital features six encoded channels. As this mode requires a digital connection, DVD players, digital TV sets and PCís featuring digital outputs are the ones who can fully enjoy it.

If you currently own a Dvd player or a satellite dish supporting an AC-3 output, we would highly recommend on using it as itís by far superior to Dolby Pro Logic on encoded AC-3 media.

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