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Budget Systems - Panny vs Philips vs Tosh

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by Spriteman, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. Spriteman

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    Hi All,

    I'm looking for a nice, budget home cinema system but am struggling to choose between 3 contenders; The Toshiba SD-43HK, the Philips LX 3900SA and the Panasonic SC-HT520. This was actually suppose to be a Christmas present but that's not going to happen now. :(

    I've read through with interest the comments on these forums about these systems and it has lead me to the following:

    So, the Panny is a solid unit and gets great reviews. However the big problem with that one is the lack of any digital in. Without it I'll only get surround from what's being played on the deck. No decoding of any (future) digital tv signal. A bit limiting really. I understand from other posts that it has DPL2 but that it only functions for disc-based audio sources and not on external stereo inputs.

    The Philips LX 3900SA is a bit of a dark horse atm. No magazine reviews of it, although I'd hope that Philips make pretty good systems. Coax digital in is there so that's one box ticked. It also does DivX playback which would be a real bonus given I have a selection of DivX movies on CD that are, thus far, limited to playback on a 17" PC monitor. What is holding me back is the lack of any reviews. The comments here have been positive but I'd like to know that the picture and sound are good and how it rates alongside the others.

    Finally the Toshiba SD-43HK. I currently own a SD-330 and have been very pleased with it. The deck gets great reviews. The home cinema SD-43HK seems to be slightly less good although the reviews are still positive. It has an optical in but no DivX playback.

    So basically I go from a system with excellent reviews but no digital in or DivX support to one with no reviews but both DivX and digital. The Toshiba sits in between and I suppose I could add a fairly cheap DivX capable deck at a later date. Although I have DivXs now so would benefit from playback straight away.

    My budget is £200 so a £350 system is just not an option atm.

    Your advice and opinions are welcomed :),

    Dave
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  2. Mango Bob

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    spriteman, if you're not looking solely for a one-box have a look at this:
    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/CatalogueItem_21653.html

    Yamaha RXV-350 and Yammie speaker pack for £170

    Do a search for the Yamaha AV 50 pack or the above link and you'll find plenty of info.

    Going for separates will allow you more flexibility in upgrading later, this also allows you to stick with your existing DVD player (which I have also!)
     

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