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After last year's impressive home theatre demonstration, the DTS room at the LVCC this year was a little disappointing. In its LVCC display, DTS chose to focus on some of its newer products, which play outside the traditional home theatre market.

This is the demo rig for the DTS in-car system. It is not widely known, but several of the manufacturers of car audio products have, or soon will have, DTS compatible car audio products available. I think DTS would be the first to admit that the simulator here does not really provide a true in-car experience (like the demos by Lexicon and Dolby) as it lacks the elements that make setting up car systems a little difficult - the body shell, windows, doors and upholstery. I also thought the speaker placements on the rig were a little unrealistic. The demo did, however, show some of the potential for DTS in-car.

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DTS had two of these PlayStation® demos set up to show of the first PlayStation® 2 games encoded with real-time DTS audio during game play (as opposed to movie passages between game sections). The big blue thing attached to the back of the chair is a subwoofer enclosure intended to allow the player to feel as well as hear the bass material.

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The third element is DTS' push into PC/Multimedia applications. This is a demonstration PC with a hardware DTS decoder, the Creative Inspire 5.1 Digital 5700 and associated speaker system. Click for a Larger Image

The Inspire system features Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. It can also be hooked up to a DVD player or portable audio device via its Toslink input so, given its MRSP of $299.99, may be one alternative for a modestly priced home theatre system. []

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Latest additons 1st February 2002:

Sherbourn Technologies P7/1000
Sherbourn Technologies 5/1500A
DTS In-Car Audio Demonstration
DTS Multimedia Demonstration
Philips Pronto Remote Controls
Philips DVD+RW Recorders
Simaudio Titan & W-5 Amplifiers
WAVAC Audio Lab Model HE-833
conrad-johnson PV-12L & 17LS
conrad-johnson GAT
Quad ESL-989 & Verity Audio Tamino
Avantgarde Acoustic Duo & Uno
NHT Evolution Loudspeakers
NHT Evolution Theory & Design
Joseph Audio Loudspeakers
PS Audio Ultimate Lab Power Cable
PS Audio Power Director & Juice Bar
PS Audio Classic 250 & HCA-1 Amps
Morel Applause & Octave
Anthony Gallo Acoustics Due
Miller & Kreisel Multi-Platform
Miller & Kreisel Column Surrounds
Lamm Industries L2 Reference
Vacuum Tube Logic TL 2.5.1
McCormack Audio MAP-1 Processor
Cary Audio CAD-88 Amplifier
Toshiba Blue Laser Prototype
Draper Revelation & Hi-Def Gray
NHT Evolution Subwoofers
Von Schweikert Audio dB-99

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