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review added: 4/3/00
VideoLogic DigiTheatre DTS
Complete Theater System
review by Digital Man, for
The Digital Bits
Clear 5.1 Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby Pro Logic sound. Exceptional
for such a small package.
Ease-of-Use Rating: A+
Comes with all wires and cables needed, and fully configurable from
the remote or clearly labeled front panel.
Value/Overall Rating: A+/A
Full DTS/Dolby Digital Decoder with amplified speaker system for
$599. Can't beat it.
Front & Surround Speakers
Bass/mid drive unit and separate high-frequency tweeter, both fully
shielded. Bass/mid frequency drive (Audax 3 inch cone). High
frequency drive (Audax 10mm polymer dome).
Coaxial drive unit consisting of 4 inch bass/mid with concentric
high-frequency tweeter, fully shielded. Remote control (Infra-red
remote control functions include standby mode on/off, surround mode
select, volume - master and individual channels), input select, mute
and test tone. Surround modes (DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic,
Stereo). Effects (Theatre, Hall). Volume level (Master and
individual volume control to each speaker). Input select (Digital
optical, digital coaxial or analog line in).
Wood cabinet, containing magnetically shielded bass drive unit. Low
frequency drive unit (8 inch cone). Power output (Satellites: 4 x
25W RMS). Center speaker (25W). Subwoofer (50W RMS). Full system
(all channels driven - 175W RMS). Input connectors (Coaxial or
Toslink optical connectors for digital. Line in stereo audio jacks
for analog). Input/output connectors (Serial cable for two-way
serial and centre audio data link to centre speaker) Output
connectors (S/P-DIF optical - Toslink, S/P-DIF coaxial - IEC 958,
Analog line in - stereo/Pro Logic).
Two years parts/labor.
Size counts? Not in this case. When I received the box for
VideoLogic's new DigiTheatre DTS system, I was skeptical of the
small package when I first saw it. But no... even with its compact
size, this system puts out clear and powerful sound to please your
ears. And it will likely annoy your neighbors as much as any large
and over expensive home theater system.
The satellite speakers are non-intrusive, so they are ideal for
having an awesome home theater without cluttering up an area to the
point where movies and games are all the room is good for. If you
have an apartment or only one living room, the DigiTheatre would be
perfect. The system is sleek enough to be a proud, permanent core to
your entertainment center and yet would be a snap to take along to a
new place if you ever have to move.
The system is completely self-contained, with all of the wiring and
connections to get going with almost no effort. The system has
digital coaxial and optical inputs for digital sound, and regular
RCA line in stereo audio jacks for analog.
The DigiTheatre DTS sounded great right out of the box. It has full
controls for easy setup on the unit itself and on a convenient
remote control. There is also a test tone mode where, using a sound
meter, I was able to easily calibrate each speaker and the sub for
reference level. I popped in a DTS sampler in my DVD player, and I
also tried several Dolby Digital 5.1 titles. The results were
The powered subwoofer has 50W for itself, and provides 25W of power
each for the left, right, center, and 2 surround speakers. The
center channel is integrated in with the audio processor, that can
automatically detect a DTS or Dolby Digital signal from the digital
inputs (and also decode Dolby Pro Logic from the digital or analog
source, with all audio inputs being selectable from the remote or
the processor itself). Of course, regular old Stereo is always
supported and there are even "Theater" and "Hall"
modes for simulated surround.
The great thing about this system is the fact that you can level
each speaker. This is usually only found in higher-end systems. The
internal white noise allows for a pretty seamless sound, and the
fact you are using internal amplification designed for each speaker,
gives you a powerful and deceptive sound. You aren't going to shake
the walls or knock plaster off the ceiling, but you may break some
The DigiTheatre package also comes in the Dolby Digital-only
variety for less money ($399 SRP) - it's identical, barring the
addition of DTS. But for only $599 for DTS, Dolby Digital, five
speakers and a sub, how can you beat it? Even the $399 price is less
than many of the cheapest receivers on the market. Home theater in a
box has never sound so good.
For more information, visit Videologic.com.