Golden Theater GTX-1 A/V Preamplifier

3.92/5 (50 Reviews) MSRP : $1999.00


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A/V preamp/processor


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jp4d a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Had problems with the first set i bought because there was loud hum noise coming from preamp and noisy vibrations on the amplifier.

The dealer took them back, gave me a new set, and it worked fine except for some little things:
-A disturbing hum persisting. Europe = 220~240 volts 50~60 hertz, does it comes of a bad adaptation of the AC/DC power transformers?
-The preamp - sometimes - have difficulties to obey to frontpanel or furnished remote commands (berk...).
-And sometimes the Numeric Circuit does also transmit strange unconfortable digital noises while trying to adapt the flow of incoming digital information from the DVD.

Maybe an upgrade of the firmware could be benefic... Does someone have the latest firmware or one compatible that works perfectly with the GTX-1, hum?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   PORTIER HIFI (GENEVA



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yammy1688 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Since the day I purchased the unit, the sub-out hasn't worked :(.. It makes a pop when switching inputs and makes no sound at all. I stuck a multimeter and it seems like there's voltage leaking from the sub-out? Another reviewer mentioned his sub-out popping was cured with a software upgrade? Aside from that, it sounds great.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   audiogon



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mac bond a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2001

Bottom Line:   
best for the money that ive heard of but with no support , its awfull

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   internet used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shamanjr a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have owned this unit for almost 2 years, and I originally purchased it as an economical unit until the digital/HDTV shakedown could occur, and standards be adopted. I could not see spending significant $$$ with as many changes would be occurring in the very near future. It seems that standards still have not been adopted, and "future-proof units" will innevatibly have some serious trade-offs. The GTX-1 has more than bridged this gap. It sounds like equipment costing 3-4 times as much.

Having made this statement, the unit is not perfect. I originally experienced some quirkiness with the 1st version of the software, like the unit locking up and having an audible pop in the sub channel when sources were switched. The version 2 software has cured these problems, except for a period of about 1 week that I could not get the unit to recognized DTS signals. It seems that models from other manufacturers also experience this problem, however. This has cured itself, and the unit has continued to play beautifully.

The versatillity of the unit is good, with the ability to change sub crossover settings, fine tune sitting positions, etc. I also like the digital tape loop for CDR recording, which I think, this unit was one of the 1st to include, certainly at this price point.

The sound is superb. I am using Krell gear with electrostats, and the GTX-1 is very transparent, complementing this gear well. I am using a KRC-HR pre-amp with the thru circuit for HT. This provides the best of both worlds for analogue and digital. Keep in mind that the GTX-1 was originally conceived as an outboard stereo DAC, and the designers decided to make it a home theater processor due to the rise in popularity and sales of 5.1 systems. So all 6 of the DAC's are top-notch and the sound reflects this. It also may explain some of the quirkiness of the unit.

I agree that this unit is destined to be a classic. When it performs, which is most of the time in my case, it is amazing. I can see, however, how others have found some of its eccentricities frustrating, especially with version 1 software. It is like a classic automobile, which may not be reliable all the time, but provides a little bit of heaven when it works. If you can find one that has been relatively trouble-free, buy it. That having been said, I may be selling my unit shortly since I just purchased a HDTV
satellite system and need component switching, and would like more sub outputs and balanced outs.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   dealer



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2001

Bottom Line:   
HELP!

I am trying to obtain the Home Theater Master 8000 set up code for the GTX-1. Because the remote detection is spotting with my unit, I have had no success using the Auto Set Up mode on the remote unit.

Thanks in advance for you assistance.

With regard to a review...the unit was the best sounding for both stereo and 5.1/dts of any I reviewd in its price range. This is THE most important factor for me, so I am able to tolerate the little frustrations inherent with the unit and its software.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2000.00




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