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Challenge! Help me to spend £3,500

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by Streich, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. Streich

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    Hi,
    I'm about to extend my home and have a 12 foot by 12 foot room to have a home cinema system.

    I want
    - to wall mount a screen (future proofed),
    - surround sound
    - to be able to watch DVD's
    - to watch TV/Sky
    - to be able to play CD's
    - to be able to connect an XBox

    My other half has allowed me a budget of around £3,500 for the screen, sound system and DVD player/recorder.
    So, here is the challenge......how do I spend it!
    :)
     
  2. Xstyle

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    I don't think you'll get much for that, especially not future proofed... IMO.

    Ok you're getting a projector ... I imagine a decent one costs a fair bit, then you need a screen too.
    My plasma was £3050 alone...
    DVD player £800
    AMP £900
    Speakers £2000
    Sub £300
    Cables etc etc etc ???

    ...yes you can get cheaper stuff.
    Have a look at:
    www.futurehome.co.uk

    You'll get some idea of AV kit.
     
  3. creative-av

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    hi Streich,

    You could get the 4805 at £795 in the Hardware special offers section?

    Speaker wise what about Kef? They have just dropped the price of the eggs(KHT 2005.2) to £599 or the 5005.2 range to £999.

    For the Amp you could get the Denon 3805. Not sure on retail prices but some used ones on the classifieds are going for £500-600.

    On the DVD front, you have the HD ones coming out later in the year but i'm guessing they will be at a premium. What about getting a cheaper one now(say the panny ES10 recorder) and then upgrading early next year? The panny is about £200 I think.
    So, adding up you could have:

    PJ - £795
    PJ Screen - £200
    AMP - £500
    Speakers - £599
    DVD Player/Recorder - £200

    Thats £2200. Bank the rest of the money and wait for HD ready screens to come down a bit and get one early next year?

    Steve
     
  4. Streich

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    Wow! :eek: You guys are scary!

    Treat me as a complete novice to this Home Cinema stuff (as that is what I am!).

    When I said "wall mounted screen", I was thinking more around a 42" plasma screen.

    I'm a complete beginner to all this - all I have at the moment is a 28" CRT, no surround sound and a VHS recorder!

    Steve, thanks for all your info but what is " KHT 2005.2"?

    Xstyle, again, thanks for all your info - I'm sure that in a couple of years time I'll be wanting to spend the kind of money you're talking about but right now I'm trying to get the best I can for the money I have.

    What would be a good plasma screen? Should it be High-Definition Ready?
    Are the all-in-one surround and DVD players any good? Which ones?
    Can I play CD's through surround speakers?

    Please help, I'm a complete numpty when it comes to all this.
     
  5. creative-av

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    Streich,

    Have a look at this thread http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=154292&highlight=beginner It is very long but will give you a good starting point.

    The KHT 2005.2 are the Kef "Egg" Speakers(See http://www.kef.com/KHT/KHT2005.2/sat.htm) I have them and find that they are great but there are a lot of other great speaker systems out there.

    Separates tend to be better when it comes to surround sound but again, there is so much choice out there.

    Try and go a long to a dedicated AV retailer and get a demo of some equipment. Take along some cds and DVDs and see what you like. You can then have a look on the forum to see what other people think, get prices etc etc. The most important thing is to demo first, buy later!

    Steve
     
  6. Woz!

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    Well, I've literally just taken delivery of a 42" panny display and I didn't go for HD because I don't have Sky and won't have access to an HD source for possibly years.
    The screen, wall mount and all the connection kit needed came to under 1500 quid. ( http://www.av-sales.co.uk/plasma/html/panasonic_th-42pwd7_plasma.html )

    I've bought some Orb speakers that at current exchange rates only cost me about 500 quid for a 6.1 setup ( http://www.orbaudio.com/ )
    You'd need a sub to go with them, and I'm planning on getting the BK Electronics XLS200 ( http://www.bkelec.com/ ) about 300 quid.

    You'd need an amp for that lot as well. I would think you should be able to get something reasonable for 300 quid.
    DVD player...no idea to be honest. I've got a Panny one, but it was only relatively cheap at around 100 quid.

    You should be able to do it well within budget if you don't go HD. Getting the HD version of the panel I just bought adds about 700 quid to the cost, which I personally didn't think was worth it at the moment.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    You could be in luck, as what you are after is basically same budget I had & I'm now selling part of it......so you could save some hard earned dosh to spend on other partsof setup.

    Basically have the Denon 3805 amp, which I purposefully bought as its great for DVD films but also good for music (CD), which was important to me. Also the video switching built in to AMp meant I only had to buy one input card for PLASMA & allow the amp to do all the switching. At the mo I have the following going through the system :-

    DVD player
    Free View
    CD player
    XBOX
    Video sender

    In addition, I wanted discrete 5.1 speakers that were good for both Music & Films. I ended up with Anthony Gallo Micros that are extremely stylish & wife friendly ;). Take a look here

    Anyway the above is for sale here
     
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    Well guys you've all convinced me that I should "up" my budegt a little!

    I've read loads of reviews and lots of comments on this site and thought you may want to know what I have decided to get:
    Pioneer PDP435XDE Plasma Screen (£2,485)
    Mordaunt Short Genie Speakers & Sub (£665)
    Denon AVR-2805 AMP (£450)
    and
    Denon DVD-2910 DVD Player (£500)

    This has taken me budget up another £600 to £4,100 but I think it'll be well worth it.

    I hope that this meets your approvals.

    I'll take some before and after shots, and post them here if anyone would be interested.

    Once again, thanks for the help. :smashin:
     
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    Sounds good Streich.

    Still think I would have been tempted to buy the PWD7 and get a pj as well and then you would have the complete package!

    Steve
     
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    I'd agree with this.
    I guess it may depend on the size of the room, but I've just got a PWD7 and I now realise that from my seating position I wouldn't get benefit from HD. My eyes would simply not be able to resolve the extra resolution from 10 feet away.
    I've got a PJ in my current house, and the scale of the image that produces is just much more impressive than the "wow that's a big telly" effect you get from a 42" plasma.

    That said - I'm extremely impressed with the PWD7.
    I'm just planning to do a garage conversion to make a 'proper' home theater now :D
     
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    I've just bought a Pio MXE1 from Richer Sounds. They are doing a deal on it at the moment for £1800 including a video board! Bit more expensive than the PWD7 but both offer fantastic pic quality.

    Just think how good a 7ft screen would look in your home cinema room :)
     
  13. Xstyle

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    Nice!!

    Thats the screen I am having installed at mo (see my signature link!)
    I went for Pioneer all the way through... Amp and DVD player too, so makes connecting easier and all on HDMI.
    Amp & DVD connected via the supplied Firewire cable.
    DVD & Plasma connected via HDMI.

    The 868avi DVD player is now £645. The lower model, 668av, is £469
    http://www.futurehome.co.uk/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=127

    The amp you could get is:
    Pioneer VSX-2014i-S AV Receiver, £469
    http://www.futurehome.co.uk/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=335

    p.s. Have you budgeted for the actual wall mount? Only c. £150 anyway.

    Any questions, just ask mate.
    Best of luck.
     

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