Extron Electronics announces the new SSP 7.1, a high performance, five input Surround Sound Processor designed to provide up to eight channels of surround sound for pro AV applications in corporate and commercial environments. The SSP 7.1 automatically detects and decodes audio content in various Dolby and DTS formats from DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HDTV broadcasts. It also offers Dolby Pro Logic II/IIx and DTS Neo:6 processing to provide surround sound from two-channel stereo. The SSP 7.1 features coaxial and optical digital inputs, plus an analog balanced/unbalanced two-channel input. It is designed for integration into pro A/V installations, with a compact, rack-mountable metal enclosure, as well as RS-232 serial control and balanced line-level outputs. The included control software offers a user-friendly GUI for set-up and operation.
The SSP 7.1 is designed for simple, intuitive operation from the front panel, with LED indicators for source selection, source format detection, surround sound decoding/processing mode, and output volume level. With a touch of a button, the user can override the current surround sound output and switch to a different listening mode, for example, from 5.1 channel Dolby Digital to two-channel downmixed stereo, or from two-channel stereo to 7.1 channels via Dolby Pro Logic IIx. The user also has the option to send stereo audio to all left/right speakers without surround sound processing.