Kain
I know Mark has experience with this processor so I would appreciate his reply. Basically, based on the reviews I've read, all say that the fan in the RS20i is too loud to place the processor in-room and it should be located in a dedicated equipment room. However, when I asked how loud it is on the AVS Forum, someone stated that they could barely hear it from 4 feet away at the lowest volume setting at night. As you can see, I am a little confused. Could Mark or anyone else clarify me on this? Does the fan make the RS20i too loud to place in-room?
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Mark_Seaton
Kain wrote:
I know Mark has experience with this processor so I would appreciate his reply. Basically, based on the reviews I've read, all say that the fan in the RS20i is too loud to place the processor in-room and it should be located in a dedicated equipment room. However, when I asked how loud it is on the AVS Forum, someone stated that they could barely hear it from 4 feet away at the lowest volume setting at night. As you can see, I am a little confused. Could Mark or anyone else clarify me on this? Does the fan make the RS20i too loud to place in-room?


That's going to greatly depend on the noise floor in your room and what other equipment might be making noise such as a projector.  It was relatively quiet, but is intended more for equipment rack install.  Some guys think some pro amplifiers are plenty quiet enough while I would say the fans are way too loud IMO.  I don't recall exactly how loud the RS20i is, and never had it in a really quiet theater.  I'd talk to someone who owns one and ask what other noise sources they have in the room.  I do recall it being rather quiet, but I couldn't make a recommendation from what I recall.  I'd find a dealer and check it out for yourself.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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Kain
Thanks. I think the noise floor in my room would be quite low with the only "noise making" thing being the central A/C. I won't be using a projector but a TV. By the way, what would your next best option be to the RS20i (with or without a fan)?
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Kain
Got some good information on the fan noise from the AVS Forum. If you or anyone else are/is interested, have a look at the following link and read till the end of the page.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1444649/official-datasat-rs20i-thread-setup-tips-questions-general-info-etc/1500#post_24680605
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hifiaudio2
Speaking of the RS20i.....  Mark  is there still any chance that you could create a digital input for the Cats that could take the digital output from each channel from the DB25 dongle from a processor like the Rs20i and avoid the A/D/A conversion?  Are those outputs simply PCM data for each channel or do they still have encryption on them, etc?

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audioguy
hifiaudio2: are u thinking about getting the RS20i ?
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Yeah maybe... would still be a few months though at best.  I wanted to try Dirac with the Emotiva but who knows if that will ever exist.  The RS20i can handle my 4 subs "natively"  which appeals to me.  Huge price to pay for a processor, though, but at least its upgradeable.  

I want to see how the Auro upgrade is handled, as well as maybe even some words about how a future Atmos upgrade might be handled.  

And then we also have the house on the market... so if its sells it will be a bit before I build theater 2.0  [smile].

But yeah...after saying all that...I am in the market for it.    I think if Mark were to come out with a digital input for the Cats that would push me very hard in the RS20i's direction since its one of a very few processors that could ouput all channels digitally.

I saw where you were going to be testing and learning about one. That sounds awesome... can't wait to hear your feedback. 
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hifiaudio2
Chuck how is your time with the RS20i going?

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Mark_Seaton
hifiaudio2 wrote:
Chuck how is your time with the RS20i going?


Last I heard from audioguy was that he found it able to do a lot...  Although my interpretation is that if we listed a relationship status with our pre-pro/correction systems, this one would most often get "it's complicated..." 
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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hifiaudio2

We just watched the movie "Her"  this weekend.  I would bet the RS20 could come close to that relationship for me!  [smile]

Mark have you given any more thought to a possible digital in for the Cats that would work with the digital outs from the RS20i?

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