All-in-one for under £400

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  1. lmccauley

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    A friend of mine wants to buy an all-in-one system for his father-in-law. The budget is £400 (top) and he wants a multi-region, Dolby Digital/DTS DVD/receiver with 5 satellites & a sub to go with a modern, Panasonic widescreen TV.

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers,
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  2. Ashy

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    How about something like this mate:

    Here

    Panasonic SC HT70 / Home cinema sound system with DVD player
    5 DVD / CD changer
    300W RMS output
    Dolby digital decoder
    Dolby ProLogic
    AM / FM tuner
    RDS
    Super surround
    Simulated stereo
    6 mode SFC
    AV effect DSP
    5 satelitte / subwoofer speakers
    Easy to use remote control
    SCART socket

    £400 inc delivery

    Not sure if its multi region, but it was on sale on the 24-7 electrical site. Bit of an alternative to the Sony DAV systems.
     
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    Or save some money and buy the Pioneer CS303, you get 75 Watts RMS per channel and Dolby Pro Logic II

    Multi Region from about £290.

    DaveP
     
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    JVC THA-5R here £249 and multi region:smashin:
     
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    Buy either a Pioneer DSC303 for around £250. Or the superior Sony DAVS550 from richer sounds - http://www.richersounds.com - for just £399, both are capable systems.
     
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    didnt know that the DAV was selling for that! in that case mate definately get the 550, ive got one and its spot on :smashin:
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. He's going to go for a multi-region S550 from RS for £449 (it's an extra £50 over £399 for the multiregion).

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
  8. Ashy

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    Great choice mate, highly recommend the QED svideo to scart for it, £35 at empire direct. Certainly better than the standard lead you get with it anyway :)
     
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    What about the Yamaha HTIB45 for £279 (Sound and Vision show special) plus a DVD Player such as the multiregion Toshiba SD220e for £120 from Richer Sounds?

    Not exactly all-in-one but a good alternative I think.
     
  10. RichB14

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    Before i decided to go the seperates route i was dead set on getting the pioneer dcs303, i auditioned from several outlets in different size and shape rooms and i found it to be the best for the price and spec.
     
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    askelectronics has the sony dav 550 for 350£, so I suppose you can get it from RS for even less, given thier price match policy. However I should warn you that you need to get the most recent version, as the older version has some minor subtitle problems. Also I bought the dav 500 from RS and I think I have a buzzing problem - listen real close to the speakers and i think you might notice it. I believe this problem has been corrected to some extent with the new 550 model.
    You should compare the 550 with the pioneer 303.
     
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    The Sony ht-p1000 looks a better bet to me available from £335, seperate dvd so you can upgrade in the future, I'm seriously considering this one...anyone got anything to say about it?
     
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    Go for the pioneer I saw it in the showroom doing dts and the sound is cinema quality. Make up your mind on the pic quality but i thought it was good on a wide screen
     
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    Due to very tight finance and space considerations, I bought the Pioneer DCS-303, a little over a week ago.

    If you can accept its limitations i.e don't expect that full 'big box' sound, then it is a great buy (for a small 3m x 3m room, at least).

    I was shocked at the volume levels that this very tiny box can kick out - something that confirmed my earlier fears regarding larger speakers in this room.

    Again, performance is outstanding for the price and compromise of an 'all-in-one' with small speakers. Basically, anything that has had me doing this: :D, this: :clap: and this again: :D for nine days has to be recommended! :smashin:

    Before I forget, I bought it from here for £279.95 (multi-region) + £15 delivery. 3-5 day delivery was quoted, but I received my boxes in well under twenty hours. :smashin:
     

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