Jazz Speakers DE-005 & DE-006 Decoders
certain products are marketed that grab one's attention. Jazz Speakers has
raised more than one eyebrow with their remotely controlled multimedia audio
decoders that come in two flavors: horizontal and vertical. The DE-005 model
sits flat and the DE-006 model stands upright. Both feature Dolby Pro Logic,
Dolby Digital and the newer DTS decoding capabilities. Both also handle analog
and two digital input types: coaxial cable and optical.
the big deal about an "outboard" decoder you ask? Let's examine
its potential: integration into existing surround sound setups without prior
decoders and a key product for building from scratch a home theater system
for a computer or living room environment. Affordability? At $139-145 USD,
these diminutive wonders make excellent after the holidays stocking stuffers.
Thanks goes out to Jazz Speakers for supplying the review samples.
- 5.1 Dolby
Digital and DTS Decoding
- 4 Audio Modes:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic and Stereo
- 6 Channel
- 21 Function
- DE-005 Dimensions
148 x 42 x 200mm
5.83" x 1.65" x 7.87"
- DE-006 Dimensions
75 x 180 x 230mm
2.95" x 7" x 9"
- List Price:
So many multichannel
formats, so little time. But, it's a non-issue with the DE series decoders
because they are fully compatible with all four popular formats: Dolby
Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic and Stereo. That feature alone is worth over
$100. Then add a remote control and you've got a flexible "black box"
with convenience. That's some product.
I must reiterate
that these models, as with the entire Jazz Speakers lineup, aren't available
in the U.S. Therein lies the biggest downside of this product. You can't get
one. I suggest that all interested parties email Jazz Speakers and request
that a dealer network be setup ASAP.
control was the very same one used in the ROCCO 5.1 review, so it felt and
operated just the same. The buttons for once are made of a grippy rubber instead
of a hard slippery plastic that makes for repeated pushing because your fingers
aren't always in the cleanest of states.
themselves have such a similar functional design that when I refer to the
DE-005, you may as well conclude that the DE-006 is the exact equivalent.
The only important difference is the the 006 model can stand upright and thus
save precious desktop space. But, the 005 unit is so small that it also can
slip easily into an already crowded computer hutch beit at work or home. Just
make sure that the remote receiver located on the front panel can be "seen"
and the handheld control will work just dandy.
come with a wall wart external power supply, but only two cables. One is a
stereo 1/8" plug to 2 RCA plugs and the other is a mono RCA-RCA plug
for coaxial signals. No optical cable is included.
and reported of this type is done without any opinion or bias whatsoever.
For a quickie brush up course on audio terminology and measurements, point
your browser to the Audio
Reproduction Systems article.