Another Sony DAV-DZ830W Thread...

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  1. Pinju

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    Sorry for any duplication, but I've got a question for any owners of the 830W.

    For the rear speakers, can you detach them from the stand and have them just stand-alone, sitting on a surface? I've not got room for the wide base on the floor, so may need to have them 'as is'. Are they able to sit flat or does have to be on a stand or wall mounted?

    Without nipping to Comet to check (I'd really want to order them this afternoon to pick up on the way home tonight! ;) ) can anyone enlighten me?

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  2. Andy98765

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    Don't know about the speakers but are you sure you only want ONE optical connection?

    Just be careful.

    Think through exactly what audio sources you want to connect to the system and what you may want to connect in the near future, in a lot of cases you will be lucky to get a all-in-one system with more than 1 optical input.

    Requiring optical for 5.1 sound.
    PS3
    SKYHD
    SKY+
    XBOX360
    PC's (Media centres)
    Cable TV
    Blu-Ray
    HDDVD
    and the list goes on.

    All-in-ones can not be upgraded, and if one bit fails it is throw it all away.
     
  3. Pinju

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    You've lost me...I only wanted to know about the wireless speakers! Appreciate the info though!
     
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    Thinking about what you've said...I do already have a Denon DVD-1920.

    I could flog this off and use the Sony kit, but I absolutely have to have wireless speakers, the swmbo would absolutely go off on one if I have more wires trailing everywhere.

    The only kit I need connecting is Sky HD, 360 and the DVD to my Sony Bravia which has 3 HDMI inputs. From what I've read, I'm sure I can cope with the mix of HDMI and Optical cables.

    Can anyone suggest any other alternatives with my setup, also bearing in mind I don't have any other audio hardware to connect at this point. It's a very small room, so space is at an absolutle premium, hence my original question about the stand.
     
  5. Andy98765

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    The Sony all-in-one has ONE optical input, you have three optical sources? so how are you going to connect them to your idea of a all-in-one? An optical switch?
    If your TV has optical the answer is NO it will not pass a 5.1 signal in the HDMI lead to the optical output.
    Wireless speakers still need power (Cable) usually one power socket and a speaker wire between the two rear speakers.
    If you have carpet then speaker wire is very easy to hide, else look at decorative trunking and follow the skirting http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Trunking_Pvc_Index/Clearance_D_Line/index.html it is really small and compact and can hide wires very easily.
     
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    OK then...looks like I've misjudged my planning somewhat!

    So...to connect have I have described, I presume I now need an av receiver and 5.1 speakers.

    Can you point me in the direction of a thread or what I can get for my budget, which considering I was going to get the all-in-one (which I can see from other threads you have an aversion to!) is about £500.

    I think I have a lot to learn... :rotfl:
     
  7. Andy98765

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    I have a big adversion to all-in-ones as I feel people are being cheated, on budget systems and I mean budget they should put at least 1 optical and on anything over £300 they should have at least 3 optical connections, we are not talking major expense here or even something that takes up so much room the all-in-one would not have to grow in size.
    This site is littered with people asking how do I get 5.1 from my SKY box when my 5.1 all-in-one has no optical inputs, simple answer is you can not.
    As for spending £500 you could look at something like this.
    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=ONKY-TXSR505-BLK and http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=TANN-EFX5.1 or http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=KEF-KHT1005 and add this http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=SAMS-DVDHD870 sorry went to £560. To bring it down try this http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=CAMB-540R-V2-BLK
     
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    Thanks very much Andy - you've put me on the right tracks.

    I like the Cambridge Receiver, looks very smart. However, to compliment Sony Bravia KDL-V3000 - I'm looking at this unit...

    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=SONY-STRDG710-BLK

    This would appear to be just as decent as the Onkyo, although has one less Optical Input than the Cambridge.

    Can't say I like the look of either of the speaker sets though. Just a personal preference, but I think the 'egg' look reminds me of cheap PC's speakers, even if they are KEF!!!

    I presume you also discounted my Denon 1920 due to it not being able to output 1080p?

    Have you any other wise words for me?
     
  9. Andy98765

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    If you have a Denon 1920 then keep it and get better speakers, personally I never put video content through a AV amp unless it is absolutly necessary, like the TV has run out of inputs.
    I mean what is the point of doing so, it is just another break in the video chain.
    For £500 you can get some really nice speakers, but depends on what you are looking for, excellent for both Movies and music.
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2544
    Well liked by a few on this forum
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    Canton movie CD102 as a special power buy from this site http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195561&highlight=power
    If space allows http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2479
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2210
    https://www.hificonfidential.co.uk/detail.asp/sku=A102HCS5
    https://www.hificonfidential.co.uk/detail.asp/sku=1010i 5.1
    The above are all speaker systems that come up time and again as WANTED.
     
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    Andy
    Reading your artical i have th sony 830 i have connected it to TV via HDMI and to my Sky Box via Optical, does this mean i will get 5.1 from my Sky but not when i play a DVD as this is connected by HDMI.

    Still new at this game but confussed in what you are saying, please advise if what i wrote is right.

    Thanks
    Sianba
     
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    The Sony is connected via HDMI to the TV for video but he DAV systems builtin DVD player will still do 5.1 through it's own speakers as will your SKY box via optical but now you have no more connections.
    What a lot of people are thinking with TVs which have a optical output is that they can connect various HDMI sources to the TV and back feed a 5.1 signal from the TV to the only optical input on something like a DAV system, this does not work, all sources 5.1 sounds must go direct to the AV system.
     
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    I really like those little Jamo speakers, I'm very tempted with those. For an Amp either the Onkyo 605 looks nice, though preferably I'd like a received that isn't so 'deep'. But for all the connections I guess I may have to sacrifice the space. What should I be looking for in terms of inputs? Is it just the more HDMI and more Optical inputs the better, in short?

    Thanks again.
     
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    I have an optical cable running from my Xbox 360 into the back of my Sony DAV-DZ830W. The cable cost me a couple of quid of eBay and I am wondering if there is an issue with the cheap cable or there is a problem with the Sony unit itself? It seems to work when it wants to. I noticed recently that I could be playing a game for 10 minutes and then the audio just goes off.

    Can anyone help? Has anyone experienced the same problem?
     

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