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High res cd/dvd player help?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by lordnoize, May 19, 2005.

  1. lordnoize

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    Hi all

    I am intrigued by the world of sacd and dvdaudio!

    At present I have a kwik save dvd player and asda hifi lol,
    so I want to buy either a dvd/high res audio cd combi and amp
    or should i buy a seperate dvd player, high res audio player and amp?

    I have seen a pioneer from richer sounds that seems to play dvds and sacds and i have also seen a SONY DAV-DZ100 from avland that claims to play sacds and also has a built in amp and comes with speakers

    my budget for the lot is £250 or under


    thanks in advance
     
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    You might struggle to get a "hi-rez" sound with that budget unless you go second-hand. I can thoroughly recommend the Pioneer universal models. The 565 and 656 are particularly good. The DV-565 should be less than £100 and the 656 less than £150 used.

    As for amps, you should use a stereo amp, not a multi-channel amp (unless you're interested in the multi-channel aspects of dvda & sacd). I strongly, strongly recommend the Rotel RA-01 which can be had for less than £200 used. Very good amp for the money.

    What speakers will you be using?

    DT
     
  3. lordnoize

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    i have some wharfedale speakers

    why do you think I should use a stereo amp as opposed to multichannel?

    jamie
     
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    simple:

    Say you're an audio engineer and you've got a £200 budget to build home cinema reciever (multi-channel amp), and £200 to build a stereo amplifier.

    In order to make a HC amp marketable, you generally have to include the following:

    Video switching
    Digital Signal Processing
    Digital Inputs/outputs
    SIX channels of amplification, instead of TWO
    A large display
    A large remote
    Dolby & DTS licensing fees (not cheap)
    A large case to put it in
    Lots & lots of input/output sockets
    A fancy OSD

    There is only one way to provide all of this for £200; Use the cheapest possible components.

    Now lets say you want to build a stereo amp with £200:

    No Video switching
    No Digital Signal Processing
    No Digital Inputs/outputs
    Only TWO channels of amplification instead of SIX
    No display
    Small remote
    No Dolby & DTS licensing fees
    Fewer components = smaller case
    Fewer input/output sockets
    No fancy OSD

    Which means there's LOTS more money to spend on critical components (capacitors, transformers, switches, circuit boards, solid cases etc.). There's also no electrical interference from video switching/display/digital circuits to mess around with the purity of the audio signal.

    Could go on for ever here about the benefits of using a stereo amp over a MC amp. OK, so a MC amp does more than the equivalent priced stereo amp, but if the highest possible fidelity for your pound is the goal, you should ignore them completely.

    Rgds,
    DT
     

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