Tuesday, 01 December 1998
Enlightened Audio Designs (EAD) has re-invented their popular Theater
Master digital processor with three distinct versions (Encore, Ovation,
Signature). Each incorporates Dolby Digital, DTS and MPEG decoders
ensuring worldwide compatibility with any audio format. The Ovation
($4,449), like the one I was sent, is an upgrade from the basic Encore
($2,995). It includes an HDCD circuit and balanced outputs along with
upgraded 20-bit DACs.
Packaged with the Theater Master is a programmable touch screen remote
with layouts of essential components like Laserdisc, DSS, DVD, CD and
VCR. Teaching the Theater Master commands from other remotes is quite
simple. The unit fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and is far
more intuitive than remotes with multi-function buttons.
The new slimmer chassis unveils a bold new diamond fly-cut faceted
faceplate. The attractiveness of the unit is highlighted by the
elimination of controls. Only a bright blue display panel and a power
switch adorn the front ...