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The Center speaker is different from the four satellites. First is its casing. The center unit is built in the controller box. Videologic decided that instead of manufacturing an extra piece of hardware for this set, it would be better to implant the central speaker with the controller. I applaud them for the move. If you remember in our previous DigiTheatre review, this wasnít the case. The center unit was a piece and the decoder another one, which resulted in more wires to connect and extra space wasted.

Controller - Center Speaker

The configuration panel of the DigiTheatre DTS is quite an improvement compared to the DigiTheatre system. Videologic decided to keep it as basic as possible by not implanting a LCD screen and these entirely useless buttons that are generally resulting in nothing more than confusion. The front panel features six buttons. First is the mode button, it letís you chose different sound modes. You have the choice of DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby PRO LOGIC, Stereo, Theatre, Hall. The first three are of course different home theater standards. Both the DTS and Dolby Digital is obtained from a digital source such as a DVD Player or one of these newer DSS receivers. Dolby PRO LOGIC is the older home theatre standard that is achieved through the Analog stereo RCA jacks. The other three choices can be considered as different sound schemes. Stereo plays back the stereo signal through the front left, front right and the subwoofer. Theatre uses all the speakers to create the effect of a real theatre. Hall is a similar mode to the theatre, but tightens high frequencies to reproduce the effect in a smaller room.

The next button is the level. This letís you adjust the volume level for each speaker. In order to obtain the most realistic results, each speaker has to be operating at the same volume level. Following next is the Mute button, as most already know, it turns the sound off of every channel. Next is the test button, this passes a hissing sound to each channel in order to verify if all the speakers were successfully connected. Last is the power button, it of course turns the system on and off.

The center unit not only hasnít the same casing, but also uses a totally different driver from the four other speakers. It uses a 100mm/3.94 inch bass/mid frequency drive unit with a concentric high-frequency tweeter. The driver sits on a .5" high stand with a 4" rubber feet.

The Subwooferís driver is the exact same product used in the expensive Videologic PRO system. Itís an 8" magnetically shielded driver. The driver it self is built in a MDF wooden cabinet. The Cabinet hosts the audio decoder and the 220 Watts (RMS) amplifier. Unlike in the Sirocco PRO system, the DTS set features a protection grill. The back of the unit feature all the inputs and outputs. Similar to the DigiTheatre, the DTS set features both the optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. An analog input is of course also available (RCA). Each of the four satellites is operating at 30 Watts, the central 30-Watts and the Subwoofer is rated at 75Watts. This is quite an improvement compared to the DigiTheatre set that was capable of 67 Watts in total. The dimensions of the subwoofer are 350 x 245 x 400mm; 13.78 x 9.65 x 15.75 inches.

Subwoofer - Front View
Subwoofer - Back View

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