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Help please in setting up 5.1

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by alamo, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. alamo

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    I have a Toshiba SD420E DVD player ( which says it has a 5.1 channel surround decoder.It also has 6 output sockets for additional speakers ). I now want to add 5 speakers + a sub woofer.

    Question 1) Can I just buy a kit comprising of 5 speakers + a sub woofer, plug in to the 6 output sockets on the DVD, and off I go ?

    Question 2 ) If this is not the case, what do I need to buy ( whatever I have to buy, I would prefer it if it was Toshiba )
     
  2. Jase

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    Hi

    You´ll need an amplifier/receiver and then a set of speakers and subwoofer. Depends on your budget but there are systems from a few hundred quid up to thousands.

    The outputs on the back of your dvd player are its onboard decoders analogue outputs which connect to the external decoder inputs of an amp/receiver. When you get an amp/receiver this will have its own onboard decoders so you will only have to use the dvd players optical or digital coaxial cable connection to pass the digital signal.
     
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    In other words it's unlikely that your DVD player will provide any amplification for the speakers, so you'll need a separate amp, unless you use 'active' speakers.
     
  4. alamo

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    Thanks to both Jase and Sunday Ironfoot for your replies. I know that you guys are streets ahead of me in understanding of AV etc, and I really do appreciate you taking the time and effort to explain things to a complete newbie like myself.

    Sunday...could you please give me more details re the active speakers..make, model numbers, price, where to get them etc?

    Thanks again
     
  5. Ian J

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    Active speakers aren't the way to go as you would still need to buy a processor to use with them.

    As Jase suggested you need to buy an AV receiver plus speakers.
     
  6. hornydragon

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    I try and do this as simply as i can active speakers have amps built in. Passive (normal) speakers do not have internal amps so you need an Amplifier. The DVD plyer will out DD5.1(6 channels 5 speakers and a sub) an digital data to the decoders in an amp. I will now detail 3 simple budget systems from CHEAP to resonable.
    Set up 1 all in 1 Surround system 2 types:
    Click thess links; http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/productdetailsnew.asp?modelcode=SON-HTBE1
    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=205861
    Setup 2 basic separates set up:
    Speaker package click link:http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=205791
    Receiver (amp):http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=300401
    Setup 3 higher end (quality) Package:
    Speaker package:http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/700
    Receiver:http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/Warehouse/details.asp?ProductID=YAMHTR5550RDS
    These are merely examples of what is available. Best bet is to go to your local sevenoaks and Richersounds and get some listening in, the last thing you want to do is spend £££'s on a system that you find was a poor choice in a couple of months.
     
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    Simply Yes:smashin:
     

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