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Av receiver and speaker choice

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by James145, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. James145

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    Hi, I'm new to this home cinema stuff, but I'd like to connect my Playstation 2 and Mini Hi-fi to a 5.1 surround system, to enhance gaming, dvds and my music.
    For this reason, I have chosen the pioneer VSX-C100 AV reciever.
    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=300400
    The main reason for this choice is the fact that it has 3 optical inputs, 2/3 of which I would need.

    I would then need a speaker set, which is where I'm a bit stuck.
    What power rating of speakers would I need to go for?
    Would these work?
    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=206914

    Please make any other suggestions as to what I should buy, and where from. My budget is around £200.
    Thanks :)
     
  2. Hawklord

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    Hi and welcome to the forums :hiya:
    If it were my choice I'd go for an amp that's a little meatier as 40w is a bit wimpy imo. Unless your wanting a slimline solution I'd recomend this amp:-

    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=302169

    it cost slightly more money but has bags of power and is one of the better entry level receivers that's good with music as well as movies. If not, then any entry level Yamaha receiver will be very good as they are the budget kings imo and will be able to cope with all your needs admirably.
    The eltax speakers you have chosen offer good value for money but will be made of cheap components and tbh wouldn't probably be up to the job compared to slightly more expensive ones but you'd have to go listen to make your own mind up:)
    If you've got a budget of £200 then this sub sat solution is very highly thought of and offers extraordinary value for money:-

    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301719

    review here:-

    http://www.audioholics.com/productreviews/loudspeakers/Tannoy_FX5.1_review_p1.html

    I'd personally go for a more conventional speaker package like this one:-

    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1072


    But these tend to be a bit more expensive ranging from £250+ but are well worth the extra imo because they offer much better sound quality over sub sat systems especially with music.

    I suggest you go to a local dealer to get an idea of what is on offer with regard to what sound quality you would like on the budget your prepared to pay. It's best to listen to see how each component sounds together to find which complements one another the best. You'll be able to judge whether a subsat system is for you or whether you prefer a more conventional set up. A dealer may be able to give you a better deal on a complete system rather than buying seperate bits from different internet retailers and will give you a chance to hear different models before you part with your cash.

    good hunting :smashin:
     
  3. James145

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    Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. I know I could get a great setup for around £400, but realistically I only have £200 to spend (it's great being 17). The system I'm planning is for my bedroom, so I'm not too bothered about having a high powered amp.

    If I was to buy an amp with say, 40W output, should I be looking for speakers of this same rating or higher? If I put 100W speakers with it, would the amp not be powerful enough to get a high volume?

    Also, does the subwoofer in this speaker package:
    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=206914
    have it's own adjustable volume, as it is an active subwoofer?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  4. Hawklord

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    A 40W amp should be OK as long as your not expecting it to drive your speakers at reference (very loud) levels all day. It should be more than adequate for that eltax package you have in mind and should do a good job of filling a bedroom with surround sound. If the sub is active then it should have a volume control so you can set the level on it and integrate it into your system. I'd recomend you go to a local dealer and listen to as many entry level systems as you can to find the best for the money, Richersounds are the kings of budget set ups so I'd find one nearest to you and book an audition:)
     

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