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I'm planning to put a dolby digital/DTS surround sound processor made by Panasonic(CY-AC300) to my PS2 in my X so I can better hear the dvd movie especially the dialogue part.
But i'm thinking also of the other alternative of just using a panasonic DVD player(909) that comes with dts/DD decoder already. Can somebody enlighten me on this. Which is more practical/better.
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Be careful by understanding the difference between a surround processor, a receiver/amp etc.

Anyway a SP will not do you much good without the amp portion that does 5.1 sound.

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I have both of these Panasonic units CY-AC300 and CQ-DVR909 (not in the same car). I use the 909 more so let me tell you about this unit in a minute.

First off the center channel is very important for dialog in DD/DTS 5.1 configuration. Most of the movie audio content is on this channel! The 909 built-in center channel sucks. Not only because it's not loud enough (adjustable up to 10+), but it's 'thin' in sound. Your whole front soundstage is shot using a good left and right front speaker. The 909 does have a center channel pre-amp output that can be turned on/off (on/none) and adjusted for Large (full range speaker) or small (limited range speaker). I'd take advantage of that if your serious about DD/DTS in the car.

The most useful feature for DD/DTS in a car is "Dynamic Range Control" DRC and "Down Mix". DRC makes louder passages softer and softer passages louder. The Down Mix converts the 5.1 mix into 2 channel stereo. I know this defeats the purpose for DD/DTS, but it works really good for noisy road conditions and just watching a movie. The Panasonic 909 has both these features, I'm not sure about the CY-AC300. I do remember the AC-300 has a proprietary optical input, so it must be used with Panasonic mobile DVD player and the 909 has no digital (optical or coax) for DD/DTS output.

Another benefit of the 909 is it plays DVD-Audio discs. They sound really good. Panasonic also has a few newer DD/DTS headunits you should probably look at and compare against the 909.

Hope this helps,
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so you mean I can't connect my PS2 to the ac300 to decode the DTS/DD due to the propietary optical input. Can I just use an ordinary optical cable to connect the PS2 and the ac300?
 
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