Blu ray upgrade or AV amp upgrade

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Mark31385, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Mark31385

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    Hi everyone.

    Needing some help about the blu ray sound formats.

    Currently I'm running a Sony BDP-370 and Sont STR-DA1200es.

    I like every one else am getting in to blu rays in a big way now replacing dvds for the blu ray.

    Although I'm getting the picture quality, I'm missing out on the sound.

    I have the amp and blu ray connected by coax as HDMI would be pointless as my amp does not support dolby true etc.

    From what I understand if I have a blu ray player with 5.1ch analog outputs I will get the new sound formats.

    I don't really want to upgrade the amp as I think it is still fit for purpose.

    So what I'm asking is, can anyone recommend any sony blu ray players with 5.1 analog output.

    Or any other way I can get the new sound formats.

    If it helps I have a PS3 too
     
  2. PSM1

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    There are not many blurays around now with multichannel outputs anymore since all current receivers have HDMI so the need for them is less. Do not think any of the current Sony ones has them. The players that do tend to be high end hence it would probably be cheaper to get a new receiver.
     
  3. Mark31385

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    thanks

    I thought that would be the case.

    How do the new Pioneer amps compare to the Sony STR-DA1200es.

    I will look to get a mid range amp, say no more than £600.

    Have they come on leaps and bounds interms of sound quality?
     
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    You could always buy a used older model blu ray player with the outputs you need . My pioneer 51 fd has them and I used them for a while until I upgraded
     
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    Receiver sound quality has not really changed over the last few years. Hence you need to get the same level of receiver to get the same sound quality. What has changed is that new receivers have more bells and whistles i.e. features.
     
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    Having spent all night looking at new receivers, I think realistically I will be spending around £800 to get the same sound quality. All the new amps look cheap and light weight.

    Think the best option is going to be looking for an older blu ray player that has 5.1 analog output.

    Until Sony drop the price of its new flagship amp :devil:
     
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    How do you equate the 1200ES as being the equivalent of current flagship models? The receiver was only £400 when new and not Sony's highest model. The current Sony equivalent would cost you under £400 and there are plenty of options for well under £800 that would surpass the STRDA1200ES.
     
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    Be prepared. Don't fall for the HD audio hype.

    If your looking at older players, anything less than original rrp £1000+ and you may well be disappointed. They will be ultra slow and may not play some recent discs as firmware updates have all but stopped.

    Best course of action IMO stick with what you have until you are ready for a significant upgrade e.g. Anthem MRX300 or separate processor and power amp (used).
     
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    Try the Panasonic bdt-500 that has analog outputs and is reviewed very well indeed
     
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    With the current speakers you have, I'd be tempted to suggest a new AV amp from Denon/Marantz or Yamaha. All quite neutral sounding so not to 'overuse' the UNI-Q tweeters....and sound too harsh.

    Saying that, an Onkyo would add a bit of 'beef' to your 'lean', but detailed sound of the KEF IQ5SE's.....
     
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    i have the same blu-ray player as you and it is outstanding, i won all the awards on what hifi magazine i am using it with my yamaha rx-v1800 and it sounds and looks amazing.

    i think you should change your amp the blu ray player you have is a good one ;)
     

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