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Home Cinema recommendation

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by Rob23838, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Rob23838

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    Please could someone help me recommend a suitable home cinema kit? My current setup comprises a 21" TV (1 SCART), a Sky digibox and a Nicam VCR (1 SCART).

    I am thinking of buying the JVC AV-28T25S due to the number of SCARTs and excellent picture quality. With this, I could hook up the home cinema DVD amp to it via its RGB SCART and my digibox and VCR to the remaining two S-VHS quality SCARTs.

    However, the home cinema kit would require two line-in audio inputs to accommodate the audio. That way, I could pipe the digibox into one of them and my VCR into the other. It would also have to offer Dolby Pro-Logic II & DTS (the Dolby Digital 5.1 would be as standard).

    An absolute perfect example of what I am after is the Samsung HT-DM150. It has an RGB SCART and two audio inputs. Unfortunately though, it's not on sale any more.

    My budget for the home cinema amp is around the £300-£400 mark. Any recommendations would be grately appreciated.

    Rob.
     
  2. hornydragon

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    I wouldn't take the number of inputs as huge decider. If your after just stereo inputs and then for dolby pl2 decoding, you can always buy a switch box like i have done. My Sony has two analogue inputs and i need three.

    Try http://www.maplin.co.uk/ and in the search box enter "audio switch box" and one with 4 inputs is the 6th one down at £12.99
     
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    The Samsung is still available from skybuy

    http://skybuy.sky.com/addToBasket2.asp?STR=SKYBUY,ELECTR,VISUAL,HOMEC,EA0346,,1660,,,,,&qty=1

    The picture they show is definitely the HTDM150 and its a brilliant price at £199.

    Build quality, picture quality and sound are all excellent. It looks fantastic and is feature packed. It doesn't however have progressive scan as shown in the skybuy ad. That was the american version only. Its easily made multiregion via remote so no dodgy firmware or special remote needed. It plays vcds, svcds without problems. In addition to 2 analogue audio inputs you have a optical input and that will decode dolby digital, stereo and dts signals properly.

    The negatives, no s-video output, only shows ntsc dvds/vcds etc converted to PAL 50hz. Also the main unit is quite deep.

    I've never regretted buying mine for a second.

    http://www.whathomecinemamag.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=2697

    http://www.whatvideotv.com/testbench/HomeCinemaSystems/Samsung/SamsungHT-DM150.php

    http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/HomeCinemaSystems/Samsung/SamsungHT-DM150.php

    I don't claim its perfect but it offers a much better picture and more dynamic sound than something like the DAVS 550. Unless your connecting the DAVS 550 via component that is which most people don't. Also its media and format compatibility is far superior too. Also samsung don't have a history of fitting poor dvd drives to their players. Yeah I'm really giving the Sony a damn good kicking :devil:
     

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