Advice for a friend please!

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  1. tee

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    OK I'm putting this request in a couple of diferent sections to cover all bases!

    Basically my friend is after the following and has a budget of £2000......

    DVD player
    TV
    Speaker package
    Amp/receiver

    Now I've only really got as far as the amp/receiver option and was thinking along the lines on a Denon 1802 or 2802.

    If anyone could give some options or input into this I would be very grateful.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. James45

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    On that budget I'd look at amps slightly cheaper, remember you've got a 28" widescreen, decent DVD source and perhaps most importantly speakers to buy as well.

    If it has to be a 6.1 amp you've got Pioneer's 811(£330), Sony's 1080 (£350) or a Marantz 5200 (£340ish) also you could look out for last year's models (some of the big manufacturers seem to have introduced a new line up recently).

    to spend the rest of the £2000 (say £1650 left) i'd go for a Sony KV28LS35s TV (£500, just got one myself and I love it), a good DVD player like the brand new Pioneer 656, amazing machine (£330, but Eric is launching a power buy) and that leaves £850 for the speakers, at that price you could go for the tried and tested Kef Eggs (heard them today and not a huge fan) and get some change or be a bit more exotic with the JMlab/Focal Sib and Cub sat/sub set-up (£850), heard some very good things about these and was looking at getting them before the Gallos took over my life!

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Thanks for the options mate.

    The set-up is actually for my sister in law's sister and I don't think she'll be too bothered about getting the most features and connections etc...

    I was asked if I could find out what she could/should get for the money..... I have Denon 3802 and would definitely recommend a 2802 for her and maybe a bigger TV (I was thinking a Sony 32"). What do you reckon to those options? Maybe a the Mission Six Pack or do you think they're a little on the cheap size for this set-up/budget?

    Thanks again - any more comments?
     
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    I think the missions are £400ish aren't they... that would certainly allow you to go for a Sony 32" at anything up to £950. You're on your own picking a TV though... it took me months of searching through the CRT TV forum to find a set without problems... tread carefully.

    2802 with the missions should certainly sound impressive... I loved my first set of Missions... until I heard speakers that made them sound as though they had been wrapped in cotton wool. Bloody Eric's fault.:D

    Would certainly recommend the 656 though, cracking DVD player.
     
  5. lynx

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  6. Nobber22

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    James's advice is spot-on. For (careful now Nobber) people who are less critical about sound vs picture like sister's in law (;) ) spend more of your budget on what they see (32'' & good DVD) and less on amp and speakers. Unless you are gonna spend lots of time tweaking speakers for them and she probably does have WAF issues, then a big telly is gonna impress her most. Which model? I give up.....sorry.

    In my experience, MOST (see, I am not being a full-on sexist) women look to the picture before the sound.......(Nobber runs and hides somewhere dark:blush: ), but I still stand by what I say:cool:
     
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    Thanks for the replies :)

    That is my point entirely - someone like my sister in law's sister will be more bothered about the TV picture quality and DVD than the speakers and amp/receiver. As long as I make sure she's getting good equipment in those areas and deliver a nice looking 32" Sony TV, I think we'll all be happy.

    At the moment, something like the following is looking good:

    Sony 32" (not sure which yet, but I have a 32PWFX20S and love it)
    Pioneer 656
    Mission Six-Pack
    Denon 2802

    Does anyone have any more to add on my choices or any alternatives??

    Thanks again

    lynx - sorry mate I didn't realise
     
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    Hi M8,

    Look out for the 100hz Sony WEGA's KV32FX65 or 66 (better picture quality than the 50hz sets, and these sets don't have any Dolby Pro-logic or DD built in so not paying extra for it). Should be able to pick up last years models for under a grand with stand (about 900-950), and a further 150 less without stand.

    Joust
     
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    Cheers for that Joust, that''' probably be just what I'll recommend :)
     

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