Chase Technology HTS-1
I will never swap this surround decoder with any PRO LOGIC or analog matrix decoder.
It is like having a DISCRETE ANALOG Surround decoder. >:)
Watching X-Files, I can hear phones ringing, babies crying and guns being shot from my
rear left/right speakers! There was one episode which i really ENJOYED. I heard this
psychologist (woman) speaking from the rear-left of me. At that time, the camera was
focused on who she (psychologist) was speaking to. And as the camera brings the
psychologist into view, I heard her voice shifting from the rear-left to the left side
to the front-left and then to the center of the SOUNDSTAGE! the effect was OUTSTANDING!
and I was not even in the 'CRITIC' mode when I heard this. I was simply watching and
enjoying the show.
This effect was possible thru the VIVID 3D Plus and the HTS-1. Without the SRS, the
'ambient' sound will not be very realistic.
The HTS-1 decodes the surround sound material differently from how PRO LOGIC does.
The sound that it routes to the rear speakers are not MONO! Moreover, the sound in the
main left and right speakers are not 'PROCESSed'. The HTS-1 has an option for you to
upgrade your home theater set-up to have a center channel - with a center channel line
level output. Eitherway, the Left and Right material is not processed. This means that
you will need an active speaker or another mono amp to drive your center speaker.
I do not use any center channel at the moment and I always advice my friends not to use
the center channel mode when using their Dolby PRO LOGIC amps/receivers as this messes
up the left/right (LR) channels. When the center (C) channel is activated, much of the
sound that was intended for the L/R channels are being drawn into the C channel. This
means YOU ARE LOSING THE SOUND STAGE!!! I advice my friends to use the PHANTOM center
mode instead. good L/R speakers should produce a good phantom center channel even in
Go ahead and load your TRUE LIES LD... Get to the point where Arnold and Tia are dancing
in this really HUGE place. There is a background music being played by a LIVE orchestra.
Now, switch your decoder to the WITH-CENTER- and the WITHOUT-CENTER-CHANNEL MODE.
You should easily find out that the 'background music' collapses into the center channel,
thus losing your sense of WHERE-YOU-ARE-IN-THE-MOVIE (ambience!). Your set-up should be
able to let you hear the AMBIENCE of the scene. Try courtroom movies!
My favorite test LD is ALADDIN! Search for the part where Aladdin was thrown into the
'dungeon'/jail and was talking with himself and Abu went in to save him. This is really
a great scene. you should be able to HEAR that you are with him in that jail. You will
hear his voice echo and bounce against the walls! The jail is 'acoustically LIVE' because
it has bare concrete walls all over! This is a really great reference movie from Walt
Disney that even Toy Story can not match in sonic ability.
High Performance Review recommended that a set of speaker and this decoder be connected
in parallel to the amplifier.
i am not sure about this but it looks like Chase is non-existent anymore. also,
i am wondering if they are now involved with CIRCLE SURROUND.
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