Involve Audio Surround Master Review

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  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

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    This review is going to be polarizing. It just is. This is the Surround Master by Involve Audio. It's a new type of surround decoder that, well, makes a lot of claims. For starters, the most polarizing claim is that it provides "The Most Accurate Sound Reproduction Available. Period." We'd take issue with that statement as our definition of audio perfection is adhering to the original.
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  2. Adam Audioholic Jedi

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    You guys are so fast - your forum announcement often comes out before the article is available. :p
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  3. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

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    I wouldn't even use it if someone gave me this thing for free. :eek:
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    +1. Nothing polarizing here, we all can pretty agree on that. In rare cases my source is 2.0 only i'd prefer to use my onkyo's build-in thx or dts surround modes for the same purpose - sometimes they help with the dialog
  5. Adam Audioholic Jedi

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    Note to the manufacturer - I'll use it if you give it to me for free. :D

    I agree with BSA, though, that I'm quite happy with the modes on my receiver. Some do a really nice job converting stereo sources into surround sound, particularly in directing the dialogue to the center channel. That said, I'd still see if this was better...for free. ;)
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  6. krabapple Banned

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    it should be noted that Dolby Pro Logic II in Music mode has user-variable settings for Dimension and Panorama, both of which highly affect the degree of 'surround' -ness. (And another for Center Width, though that would have been set to the extreme width -- 'phantom' or 'ghost' equivalent - for the this review, as his setup, for reasons obscure to me, lacked a center channel loudspeaker)

    The default DPLII Music settings are fairly conservative (though good enough for me). DPLII Movie has fewer user-adjustable settings, and is more aggressive in directing things it believes are vocals, to 'center'.
  7. xijowxw Audiophyte

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    +1 In rare cases my source is 2.0 only i'd prefer to use my onkyo's build-in thx or dts surround modes for the same purpose - sometimes they help with the dialog
  8. w.a.reid Audiophyte

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    im looking for an alternative to sansui qs synth quadraphonic mode - this is it.

    i wish it were sansui....but i will just glue a badge on it somewhere.

    if you dont know old-school quad...i dont suggest you start. it is addictive.

    people like the accudeftechguy type person - those that like black and plastic....id figure this would fall in line with what you have pictured.
    anyone remember koss - thats what that stuff looks like to me....kmart. o wait...is there a kmart anymore?

    i use bozak speakers - goodmans - fraziers - a sansui qsd1 - a sansui qrx7001 - and various low powered tube amps - (remember that stuff) - i appreciate whatever company this is making this thing. for $400 - that is joke money - if you cant drop 4 bills on something like this....than try $1200 to RESTORE a sansui qrx receiver....that you had to buy off of fleabay for $600.

    for those that know....they use sansui. for those that are tired of having to get old gear restored and have loads more money than....well....the other 99% of the population....this is a welcomed find.

    found this article while searching for a tech to restore a sansui qsd1000 for me - its ugly....all black and plastic looking - maybe i can put it in a wooden box!

    w.a.reid
  9. herbu Audioholic Field Marshall

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    I really hope your comments are ripe with sarcasm. If so, great post! If not... well, I suspect quadraphonic isn't the only thing from the 70s you found addictive. :eek:

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