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cheap home cinema set up?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by zico martin, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. zico martin

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    Im hoping someone out there can give me some advice. I have been looking for a cheapish home cinema dvd package (sub £200) for a while now for general family use.

    Anyway I havent been able to make my mind up as I liked the Sony pack but a couple things put me off, it was hard to make multi region and because the
    decoder was built into the dvdplayer I would have to change the whole lot if
    i wanted to upgrade to a recorder next year.

    Still having not made up my mind my current DVD player ( a mustek 520) died
    on me so I was forced to get a replacement so I bought a cheap prism model
    from woolworths which in addition to have a microphone input for karaoke,
    being multi region and having outputs for 5.1 speakers was only £29.99 so
    does the job short term. Today I saw a Goodmans speaker system on tesco's
    website for only £89 http://www.tesco.com/electrical/product.aspx?R=7954239&bci=4294966829|Home%20Cinema which seems like it would do the job but can anyone offer any advice as to whether it is worth my getting this or would I be advised to spend a bit more for a more powerful set of speakers? Similarly am I fooling myself by thinking my DVD player is gonna really live up to anything but a cheap stop gap?

    please? cheers guys
     
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    If your happy with your DVD player then it's up to the job imho. Only if your running it through a projector or big screen can i see the difference between a cheap and expensive DVD player. The only thing with cheap DVD's in my experience is that they can produce 'artifacts' i.e. incorrect decoding so some times you'll see little mistakes on screen.
     
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    The pack is still cheap considering the amp on it's own is £191.99
    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/CatalogueItem_23427.html

    Well this is interesting when you look at the specs there doesn't seem to be much between them http://www.yamaha-audio.co.uk/homecinema/receivers/rx-sl100rds/specs.php and http://www.yamaha-audio.co.uk/homecinema/receivers/rx-sl80/specs.php . The 100 is wuoted power under 10% THD! where as the 80 is under 0.04%

    The 80 has a YSS-948 chip and the 100 has a YSS-938 (sounds like the 80's got a new one) The only real difference i can see is that the 100 has a GUI and does a few extra dsp/decoding i.e. DTS Neo which the 80 doesn't.

    Also the 100 is 6.1 while the 80 is "old fashioned" 5.1.

    They both have limited inputs though, so if it was disirable to connect multiple inputs then a more conventional amp would be of better service.

    Of couse with everthing tdw AV/Hi Fi the proof is in the pudding and a demo would be needed to see the difference but i certainly looks like a steal for the price they are asking. Looks nice too.
     

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