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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by digisocialist, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. digisocialist

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    This is the system I am looking at:

    • DLP Infocus 4805 - To buy
      B&W 602s3/600s3/LCR60 + Rel Quake Sub - To buy
      Toshiba 20VL43P LCD TV - Got
      Nad 302 AMP + NAD Turntable - Got
      DVD Player (undecided) Limit? Cambridge Audio 540D

    Now, what AV? I was looking in the sub £300 range and found the following
    Yamaha RXV640 £280
    DenonAVR 1604 £259
    Sony STRDB795 £259

    Should I be looking for a higher end AV considering I want good processing out to the PJ and TV as well as a sound to do the B&W's justice? OR, are the above choices fine?
     
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    consider the old but excellent Yamaha DSP E800 processor assuming NAd has suitable inputs
     
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    Interesting Idea - The E800 doesn't have Component IN/OUT which is something I'm looking for (as I have just spent £120 on Mark Grant Cable to connect to the 4805). I do wish to make good use of the NAD though which I will use to drive my front speakers. Still, the AV world is very confusing - there doesn't seem to be as clearer distinction between models as one can make with say Projectors.

    Is there a consensus here that the Yamaha are generally the better AV's? I noted the Sony got an award in the September What-Hi and it looks really nice too! I imagine some AV's are good video processors and some good for sound... are any good at both?
     
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    at your budget forget video processing why do you need component in and out?
     
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    I've opted for Component as when planning it was generlly considered one of the better interconnects - on this basis I have bought some 7110A BELDEN Component Cable and the SP4805 has Component IN. Most AV's I looked at have a number of Component Connections too. Why forget video processing? I thought the purpose of an AV was to switch and process or am I really looking at a switch, in which case I should focus on a quality DVD player for processing?

    All that said, I do want an upgrade option to HDMI which I know the 4805 will support with an adapter.
     
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    ok well how many sources do you have? how many are component, just because they have switching doesnt mean it is good and processing is different to switching. from your list i count one DVD so why need a switch?
     
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    The only other sources will be a PS2 or Xbox and a HTPC. Currently I have an Mini ITX with onboard codecs, capable of playing DVD/CD though this is far from high end... I will move towards ATI Radeon 9800 (or similar) with M Audio Revolution 7.1 when the upgrade opportunity arises, so I need a route for HTPC, whether direct to display e.g. HTPC->PJ using DVI/HDMI or via the AV if possible. For now though, other thatn the DVD player, there will only be a games console and the TV if it counts (for audio back to the speakers when just watching terrestrial).
     
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    ok well as DVD PS2 and Xbox run component then you'll need 3 component inputs also B&W are hard to drive so look for something with more beef S/H 3804 or similar
     
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    S/H 3804?

    Thanks for the responses btw :)
     
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    If your building a decent HTPC you can at least forget about getting a set top DVD player. You "could" also do away with any TV sources you have with a DTV DVB PCI tuner card.

    PQ from a HTPC with good graphics card (the 9800 u mention is ample) can provide very good results. Using FFDShow as an example one can re-side/sharpen the image along with denoise which gives dramatic improvements.

    As the 4805 has DVI you would feed it DVI from the HTPC

    You "can" feed VGA out of an Xbox using a converter (external). The HD pack was not made available for PAL units due to some bodgey MS missed before release.
    Though the VGA converters work well. Other wise use S-Video.

    Here again you 'could' feed the SVideo from the PS2 and/or Xbox into the PC and use something like DScaler to then display and clean up the image for output to the PJ via the PC...... i don't bother with this..... too much effort :)

    The Revo 7.1 is a reasonable card.... some people have driver issues it seems on SPDIF with some dropouts etc. Perhaps consider the Revo 5.1 it is newer and has superior DAC's (if u are using analogue output). If you are just using SPDIF consider the Chaintech AV-710 as a cheaper option. ASIO bit perfect can be achieved over SPDIF using this card with ASIO4ALL.
     

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