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TASCAM is previewing the SD-01U digital surround decoder and speaker system. The decoder accepts Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS signals for a 5.1 surround output. Internal DSP handles lip sync delay for plasma monitors plus 11-band EQ, delay, phase and trim for each speaker output. A phantom-powered measurement microphone input can be used to automatically align the system. The SD-01U can be controlled through RS-232C or an optional Ethernet LAN connection.

"We've installed many surround controllers in the professional studio market, but this is our first offering for consultants," says Jeff Laity, Marketing Manager for TASCAM. "The SD-01U seems to have everything for cutting-edge small theaters, houses of worship, banquet rooms and educational centers. Matched with the single-rackspace DV-D01U DVD player, a complete A/V install can fit into only two rackspaces."

The SD-01U combines 32-bit dual-core DSP processing with automatic alignment for simple system setup:

DSP Features:

  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS decoding
  • Adjustable Dynamic Range setting plus full access to Dolby Digital Parameters
  • Lip Sync delay to compensate for plasma screen conversion delays
  • Each output channel has its own 11-band EQ, delay, level trim and phase setting with manual or automatic parameter settings
  • Built-in pink noise and oscillator for system alignment
  • Adjustable Downmix setting for listening in stereo or mono
  • Physical Connections:

    • Coaxial and Optical digital inputs
    • (Optional) Multichannel Analog Discrete input on balanced DB-25 connector
    • (Optional) ADAT Optical Digital Input and Word Clock Input for discrete channel processing
    • Unbalanced Stereo input on RCA connectors
    • XLR Microphone Input with Phantom Power for Condenser Measurement Microphones
    • Unbalanced Analog Outputs on RCA jacks
    • Balanced Analog Outputs on Euroblock connectors
    • RS-232C control input
    • (Optional) Ethernet LAN control
    • 1/4" Stereo Headphone output
    • Specifications subject to change without notice. Pricing and availability to be determined.


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