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DV88/AVR300 - Upgrades and Compatibility?

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by bl0498, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. bl0498


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    First attempt at a post here - real newbie.

    I have a DV88 driving my current Philips 32inch wide screen. Sky+ too.

    I was set on adding an AVR300 and 5.1 speakers (TBD - thoughts?) to this combination to get a nice home cinema setup. Initially I hadn't thought about replacing the TV in the next year or so - but have become interested in the Philips 32PF9986 32inch LCD screen. This has a DVI connection (HDCP compatible I think) which can be used to take component output from the AVR300. I appreciate the DV88 can't do the progressive scan output required - so either a board upgrade or replace with the DV79 should do this? So far so good until I read about Hi Def (Sky etc) requiring a HDMI/DVI connection ++(?) to ensure Hi Def compatibility. Now where does this leave the AVR300? Surely this will need to have a DVI/HDMI output to the TV sometime soon - as well as coping with whatever inputs (DVI/HDMI?) are needed for Sky etc.

    All of this has made me think twice about buying the AVR300 etc and simply to wait. Even the 32PF9986 looks a potentially difficult bet - they already sell a HDMI version for USA consumption.

    What is the sensible route through all of this - simply to wait? If not what can one sensibly buy now that won't be instantly in need of an upgrade in 18 months time?

    Any thoughts gratefully appreciated.

  2. Henry

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    Aug 9, 2000
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    Hi there and welcome to the forum. :smashin:

    I'm not sure why it's essential that you connect the AVR300 to a display device using HDMI/DVI. You could always connect the source directly to your display device using HDMI or DVI and connect an optical/coax/analogue lead(s) to the AVR300 for the sound.

    I can't comment on the DV88 or the upgrade path, but, as a delighted owner, I can say that the DV79 is a truly fantastic piece of kit.

    Any way good luck and let us know what you do! :)

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