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paulus

Banned
I've had my head stuck in the sand for the past ten years with respect to AV matters and I now need some advice on what I need to buy.

I got my nice 32" Sony (basic nicam sound) last week and I now need to buy a DVD player. My hi-fi system is also in need of replacement so I was hoping to combine the two.

I've been looking at home cinema units such as the Sony DAVS550. I assume this sort of kit is good for DVD's but how good is it for playing music CD's? How does the sound compare to traditional hi-fi units in the £300-400 price range?

Would it be better to buy seperates and if so, what would I need? So many questions......thanks in advance.

P.S. I have been reading about the DAVS550 problems but I'm in no particular rush and can wait until they have got the problems fixed.
 
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ricdiggle

Guest
Sorry clicked on this thread due to the title.
Thought I might be able to help being as I'm a teacher.

Anyway,
Buy separates.
 
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Squirrel God

Guest
Paulus,

Beware that DAVs do not output RGB.

I agree with Ric that separates always tend to sound better, but mainly only to audiophiles. So it depends how "trained" your ears are ;) What do you mean by hi fi units in the price range you mention? Do you mean an entire set up? Or just a CD player?
 
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ricdiggle

Guest
Seriously though,
What you should buy very much depends on your budget.
How much are you thinking of spending?

Richard.
 

paulus

Banned
Thanks for your replies.

In answer to your questions, I'm not an audiophile but I want a "reasonable" sound. If I was buying a new hi-fi I would probably be spending around £400 on a Technics or Sony Mini-system.

My budget for a DVD based system is around £500 which is why I mentioned the Sony DAVS550.

As I see it, the advantage of seperates is that I can buy a DVD player now and run it through the TV speakers until I buy the rest of the kit. What else do I need? Is it just a receiver/amplifier and some speakers?

Looking around some of the sites, the receiver/amps seem reasonably priced but the speaker kits seem quite expensive. What sort of setup would everyone recommend with a budget of £500.

Thanks again for your help.
 
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Squirrel God

Guest
Originally posted by paulus
In answer to your questions, I'm not an audiophile but I want a "reasonable" sound. If I was buying a new hi-fi I would probably be spending around £400 on a Technics or Sony Mini-system.
That's how much I tend to spend on hi-fi equipment so I know exactly what you mean. In this case, I should think you'd be more than satisfied with the quality of output from a DVD player, amp & speakers when used for CDs (assuming RMS output for speakers and subwoofer are similar).

Originally posted by paulus
As I see it, the advantage of seperates is that I can buy a DVD player now and run it through the TV speakers until I buy the rest of the kit.
Seperates give you a nice upgrade route as you say, but they also enable you to mix 'n' match to get the best price-performance ratio for each element.

Originally posted by paulus
What else do I need? Is it just a receiver/amplifier and some speakers?
Yup.

I'll leave it to someone else to recommend kit ;)
 

jont

Well-known Member
There are a few all-in-one system reviews in one of the mags this month ... might be What hi-fi or Home Entertainment ... good a starting point as any ...

rgds

Jon
 
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rmsdev

Guest
Any body has a pioneer HI 51s

It is made up of a pioneer 454 and receiver ...100s

it ouputs RGB and has PLII

selling for 450

anybody can comment on its perfomance...
 

paulus

Banned
Thanks again for all your advice. I went out this afternoon and bought a couple of mags which had reviews on the Sony DAVS550. They reckon its OK but with a few drawbacks.

I may go down the seperates route. I understand from reading comments here and elsewhere that the Tosh 220 DVD player is a good bit of kit so I might start with that and get a receiver/amp and speakers later.

Cheers.
 
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Sgt.Colon

Guest
Not sure if it would push you over budget but I bought some Mission AV2's from www.superfi.co.uk for £400 and I love em. Had to be one of the esiest speaker systems I've put in. They look great and sound great. :D
 

calscot

Standard Member
For amp and speakers - I'm very happy with my Marantz SR42000 AV Reciever (Richer sounds £200) with which I'm driving a pair of Eltax Liberty 5 speakers (Richer sounds £110).

Both get 5 stars out of 5 in the reviews and sound great.

This also gives you an RDS tuner and you can drive 5.1 channel dolby sound if you add the speakers. (I spent a total of £70 on an eltax centre and rear speakers). The marrantz controller is great too as it can control up to 9 other devices.

I also spent at £20 on a scart cable, A tenner on a cable to connect the DVD to the amp and about £1 a meter for speaker cable.

That leaves about £150 for a DVD player - look for one that's also good for CD's and plays MP3's.

If you upped your budget to replace your VCR too, you could also get a Phillips DVDR880 for around £370 (also 5 star review). This is a great DVD player, is very good quality sound for CD's, also plays mp3's and of course is a fantastic video recorder.

As I've also got an MD deck, I hope never to have to use any kind of tape again... (shiver).

So that's my system - and I recommend it to anyone.

Cheers.
 

paulus

Banned
Funnily enough, I was looking at the Marantz SR4200 last night. I picked it out initially on price (because I don't know anything about amps) but then read some favourable comments about it while searching though old posts here. Your comments back these up.

I'm still not sure about speakers. I set my original budget at £450, which was the cost of the Sony DAVS550 I was planning to buy. I'm definately going to get the Tosh 220e @ £135 and the SR4200 will cost £200 taking the total to £335. That doesn't leave much for speakers.

I may buy the SR4200 and run my cheapo hifi speakers until I can afford a good set.

Cheers,
 
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sconepanman

Guest
Originally posted by paulus
...That doesn't leave much for speakers...
Or for cabling. Don't forget to include the cost of decent connectors (scart £15-30, audio £8-15 / lead). These add up very quickly.
 

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