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Equipment overlap

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by lambonl, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. lambonl

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    Guys,
    wonder if some experts can explain the amount of equipment overlap out there? Take for example dolby/DTS decoding in DVD players, if you shell out £800 on a decent player, surely you are going to connect it to a price compatible amplifier, which will also have (better) decoders. So why not have a either make the DVD player cheaper or spend the money on better internals (i.e. the digital path)?

    The same can be said of the increasing amount of video scalers popping up in DVD players, amplifiers and DLP based displays. Also maybe stretching the point but speakers on 37"+ displays - obviously going to be part of a home cinema set-ups. Should we be getting these items cheaper or is the flexibility still important? :confused: Let me know...

    Didn't know where to put this so Mod's move at will!
     
  2. Astaroth

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    Proportionally the 'extras' probably dont actually add to significant amount on the cost of a unit - as you say, it is never the best DD decoders in DVD players etc - but from a manufactures point of view it is probably a case of "features sell units".

    If you get a novice with little or not experience/knowledge of home cinema (and too much cash) and they saw 2 similar priced units but one is covered in Dolby Digital, DTS, THX etc logos and the other on the info card says it doesnt have any of the above.... the majority will go with the logos.

    The final, and most important part really, is as long as you enjoy your system and are 'happy' with it for the price that is the important bit - not to ensure that you are using all 121 of its features and input sockets as no one ever will.
     
  3. Reiner

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    I agree with Astaroth. It seems today most components are sold by having the longest feature list.
    As well note that marketing two similar units, e.g. one with decoder outputs, one without, is probably more expensive from a manufacturers point of view than just selling one that has it all.

    In particular the decoder issue is a bit misleading - every DVD player must have at least a Dolby Digital decoder to provide a downmix to stereo. I.e. what you are "paying extra" for is not the decoder but merely the connectors on the back.

    If the manufacturers were to make a different model for everyones (individual) requirement you would probably have 50 different versions of each existing model on the market ...
     

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