Saturday, 01 May 1999
A home theater’s central nervous system is the digital processor,
serving as preamp, digital surround decoder, D-to-A converter (DAC) and
switcher. Audio Design Associates (ADA), a company that specializes in
custom installation, manufactures a line of high performance components
and the Cinema Reference is their most comprehensive and versatile
processor to date, incorporating both Dolby Digital and DTS decoders
along with THX enhancements.
As manufacturers firmly entrench themselves in the DVD revolution,
Laserdiscs are already virtually a footnote in A/V history. While the
majority of processors require the purchase of additional outboard gear
to play Dolby-encoded Laserdiscs, the Cinema Reference actually houses
the often-elusive RF Demodulator. Functioning as a sophisticated
preamp/switcher, this processor is loaded with a wide assortment of
inputs and outputs, insuring future expandability as digital products
continue to emerge.
High-quality components, superior sonic performance and advanced
features tend to drive the price up on processors, and so it is with
the Cinema Reference. At ...