DVD player w/ decoding, or go external?
I use the same system for audio and video. Since I use it mostly for high quality stereo, for video I've got an older (cheap) Pro Logic processor, with built in amps for surround and center channel. The front RCA outputs go into one of the inputs on my preamp, which then drives the main amp and the subwoofer amp. Now I want to go DVD, but to take full advantage, I need a DTS, DD decoder. Ideally I would get a new preamp/processor with analog bypass so as to still deliver good stereo, but no money. So, in an effort to do this on the cheap, here's the stupid question: can the built in decoder on a so-equipped DVD player be used with out a processor? Or is just a decoder as opposed to a processor? Do the DVD players with built in decoding have any volume control, or processing/channel management? I'm thinking the only way I can do this is to get an outboard processor (Technics SH-AC500D comes to mind) to replace my Pro Logic processor, but if you guys have better information, please let me know. Also, suggestions for outboard processors (DTS and DD). Thanks in advance.