I've read a bunch of previous threads on CF on this topic, but am still struggling to find a solution to my question, hence I thought I'd ask if anyone here has done anything similar.
I'm specifying a configuration for a catamaran
(Outremer) that I have under construction, and I'm not getting very far to the complete answer to my requirements with the electronics
firm (Pochon) I'm dealing with thus far in that they're sticking resolutely to a simple BOSE based single
special speaker type config + a car hifi w/ multiple speakers playing stereo.
My aim is a 5.1 dolby digital system in the saloon
for movies, plus 4 speaker stereo in the cockpit
I will have a Mac as my source for all music
and movies - so as to avoid having the disks on board, my library is already scanned onto a large HD. I have a Samsung LED monitor
specified that is slim and low power consumption
, and slides out of a cabinet so it is hidden away under sail. I can specify a variety of speakers, but would probably like to use B&W custom speakers inside the saloon
(since they are designed for high humidity environments already) and marine
speakers outside. Similarly I can specify 2 12V/24V car/marine amplifiers a 5 channel to do the saloon and a 4 channel to handle music played outside in the cockpit
The bit I'm missing is a Dolby digital/DTS processor to take a HDMI or an optical or a co-ax digital signal to process the surround sound.
I don't really have the space to fit a regular home audio receiver and don't need all the bells and whistles that come with one either.
I have to imagine there might be a car audio product that might do something like this, but I haven't found one. There seem to be in dash dvd
players but they don't seem to offer an external digital input as far as I can tell. Obviously a 12V based solution would be better as I can then run the audio side both in the saloon and the cockpit without running the inverter
. I'd consider a simple small form factor amp/processor in a box as the driver if that's a good fit, but it would need to work on 220V if its not 12V/24V as the boat is specified to be 24V/220V.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide!