VideoLogic Redefines the Cost of Home Cinema

VideoLogic - the international company that develops, designs and supplies market-leading 2D/3D graphics, video and audio technologies and products - has today announced the shipping of its DigiTheatre 5.1 Dolby Digital / AC-3 decoder and speaker system.

DigiTheatre specifically targets the growing market for stand-alone DVD players, as well as PC users with DVD-ROM, and provides a high-quality cinema-style sound for just £249.99 inc. VAT.

Kevin Dale, marketing and sales director, VideoLogic Systems says: "DVD has been a remarkably successful technology - exceeding the fast rate of adoption enjoyed by CD on its launch. We've been successful with our DVD Player upgrade for the PC market and are following that with the DigiTheatre, which is designed for the living room as well as the PC.

"To really appreciate the outstanding quality of DVD movies you need Dolby Digital surround sound. However, most Dolby Digital decoders are very high-cost items, even if we don't factor in the cost of the required amplifier, speakers and subwoofer. Our DigiTheatre is the first product to provide high-quality Dolby Digital functionality at an amazingly low price."

DigiTheatre provides full Dolby Digital / AC-3 decoding and output from a complete system that includes six speakers (two rear, two front, one centre, one subwoofer), six integrated amplifiers and a separate Dolby Digital / AC-3 decoder box. DigiTheatre also provides MPEG2 surround, stereo surround and full legacy support for Dolby ProLogic.

DVD Player Price Drop

The launch of DigiTheatre is accompanied by a price drop on VideoLogic's DVD Player MPEG2 decoder card from £119.99 to just £89.99 (inc. VAT, max RRP.)

The quality and support for VideoLogic's DVD Player has already made it a key component of consumer PC DVD drive kits from Pioneer and Memorex. Its new retail pricing reflects the rapid growth in the DVD upgrade market and the resultant benefits of economies of scale.

Continues Dale: "DVD Player has all the necessary hardware to fully exploit the visual quality of DVD. With the addition of DigiTheatre for cinema-style surround sound the user has a complete PC home entertainment system at a remarkably low price."


Although DigiTheatre has been designed for use with any DVD device, from stand-alone players to PCs with DVD-ROM and S/PDIF output, it also provides legacy support for Pro Logic devices, such as a stereo VCR or TV.

DigiTheatre has been styled in charcoal and black for a living room setting and also looks great next to a PC.

DigiTheatre provides high-quality audio output but also includes little touches like an optical digital input, as well as the common coaxial one, custom LCD display and a full function remote control, which make real differences to usability. Analog phono inputs are provided for Dolby ProLogic or music surround and the cabling is designed to be neat and easy to install.

Other DigiTheatre features include: powerful satellite speakers for all channels; individual volume control for each speaker; individual delay control surround and centre speakers; decoding for digital audio; a speaker test function; LCD display; bass management and speaker configuration. All of these functions are accessible from both the front panel of the decoder box and the included remote control.

DigiTheatre's compact satellites have been designed with ease of mounting in mind. The front speakers have a separate tweeter and mid-range cone and the centre and surround speakers have full frequency drive units. The subwoofer contains all the necessary power supply and six amplifiers. DigiTheatre is supplied with a two-year warranty.

DVD Player

VideoLogic's DVD Player uses the latest generation of integrated decoders which combines low-cost with exceptional digital video quality to provide high-definition, full-screen, full frame rate DVD (MPEG2) video with Dolby Digital audio for a complete home-cinema experience, even with a Pentium 133 class machine. A comprehensive solution, DVD Player works with the user's existing graphics card to provide superior picture and sound quality, on a par with expensive stand-alone DVD players, all for a low price of £89.99 inc. VAT.

DVD Player supports all DVD audio formats including Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, MPEG-2 and stereo. VideoLogic's DVD Player can be connected to either a PC monitor or a television (NTSC / PAL with composite and high-quality S-Video connectors) for a real home cinema experience.

DVD Player is supplied with a five-year warranty. Both DVD Player and DigiTheatre are and backed by world-wide customer support, including technical support hotlines, an Internet web site and ftp services.