I imagine a number of you have heard me bleat about my CT-17. For two channel audio, it does well enough. I'll lean toward a tubed solution at one point, but for the time being, it'll cover the job. I've got other items in the chain that need to be upgraded first. Got priorities, dontchaknow.
But, seeing I've got a spiffy subwoofer now, and can do a bit more on the HT end o' things, (not to mention music -- HUGE impact) I thought I'd get a center channel just to see what I've been missing up to this point. I bought a Klipsch Synergy C-2 -- nothing particularly special, but capable of what I need to do at a reasonable price. I have a five channel integrated amp (Yamaha DSP-A1000) that I'm not using for anything, and seeing that I can biamp the C-2, I went ahead and bought the cabling and banana clips to do so.
Granted, my ol' CT-17 won't do DTS, but it is a Dolby Pro Logic preamp, which is available on most DVDs still from what I've seen I thought it should be capable of doing the job.
It doesn't. Sounds like hell. I've jacked around with everything imaginable, and there's nothing that is going to make that setup sound even remotely acceptable. Dunno, perhaps there's something that is wrong with the preamp. It works perfectly for everything else. Two channel is good, the remote out works well for my sub. All the other bells and whistles are functioning just fine. I've got the owner's manual, and have gone over it several times, too.
I hooked the center channel speaker up to the right channel on my m1.0t and it sounds fine. The Yamaha amp sounds fine when I used it while replacing the binding posts on the m-1.0t, too. The only questionable item here is the processing on the CT-17. I'm leaning toward buying an external processor, such as a Denon AVD-1000. It's probably the better route to go for what I'm trying to do anyhow, as DTS/DD is obviously a better route.
Looks like the indexing for searching the forums is still b0rked, I did a search for CT-17, and it didn't hit on anything whatsoever, and I know there's a least a few in the forum over the last month or two. I was the one that started them.