I need a new setup - upgrading from all-in-one

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  1. Mr Crow

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    So, after a lot of surfing, it appears that 3.5mm jacks for headphones on all-in-ones are a thing of the past (there appears to be another thread on this on these forums stating the same). This is disappointing as I watch stuff late at night when others are sleeping. Market oversight perhaps?

    Anyway, this does lead me to the conclusion that a separates system is the way to go.

    And this is where I start to stumble.

    Can someone recommend me a setup? Caveats:

    · Must have a 3.5mm output for headphones

    · Housing for the units is limited so the receiver/amp/blue ray must have a small footprint

    · 3D is unimportant as is 4K

    · The rears will have to be “wireless” – I can’t rip up the new carpet and the secondary amp can sit behind the sofa

    · The setup needs to be 5.1 (I don’t have room for 7.1)

    · Small speakers ideally but the sub can go big

    · Budget £1,000 although I could push this higher

    Any help or pointers would be most welcome.

    Also, how do these items connect, generally speaking, cable-wise? HDMI to receiver, speakers to amp… but then what connects the transport to the receiver, receiver to the amp etc.? I suppose it depends on the number of units employed…

    Sorry, I’m not particularly tech-savvy.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Gaspode_TWD

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    I know its not what you asked but couldn't you use the headphone output on the TV?
     
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    an Av receiver will have both an Amp and a receiver so just HDMI into the AV receiver from your sources and then HDMI to your TV and speaker cables to the speakers.

    I would avoid wireless speakers even for rears if at all possible.

    Using an AV receiver as Gaspode says you would just get headphone output from the TV, or via a line out from the AV receiver itself.

    £1,000 is more than enough for your requirements.

    I like Onkyo and the AV receivers start at around £180 and go up from that, speakers then to suit your aesthetic and audio choice with a budget of £800 shouldnt be a problem
     
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    Many thanks for your replies. Yes, I could use the TV headphone socket but it's a bit of strange set up - when they are plugged in, they don't automatically silence the speakers; the headphones are on a separate volume control. Not a big problem however.

    After some further searching, I came up with the following combo - I may not source all the items from the same shop but here's some links to what I'm thinking - if you could give this a once over and see if there's anything awry, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you! (As you can see, this is pretty much entry level stuff)

    Yamaha RX-V375<br>AV Receiver | Sevenoaks Sound and Vision

    Q Acoustics 2000i Cinema Pack<br>AV Speaker Package | Sevenoaks Sound and Vision

    Sony BDP-S790<br>3D Blu-ray Player | Sevenoaks Sound and Vision
     
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    Yes that looks fine, though still prefer Onkyo!!
     
  7. Mr Crow

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    Cheers!
     
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    Do you want me to see if I can get a better price for you
     
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    Thanks for your offer, but I'm doing that very thing right now ;)
     
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    I meant from us !!
     
  11. Mr Crow

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    Ah I see! Sorry - yes please! Will have consult Mrs Crow before making a decision though ;)
     
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    We sometimes get clearance bargains so I will see what we have
     
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    Nothing for you sorry
     
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    What headphones do you use?

    If the current system is still functional and you do a lot if nighttime listening why not go for a better headphone system (wireless?)/headphone amp otherwise your new 5.1 is not doing much for you and running a 5.1 AVR (power consumption!) just to power a set of headphones seems nuts!

    Joe
     
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    Well, the current system isn't entirely functional; the blu ray player crashes playing, well... blu-rays. DVD's are fine. I've run a cleaner on the lenses (apparently, the unit has two; one for DVD's and one for Blu-Ray) a number of times but to no avail. What happens is that they will play for about 1/2 hour then crash - the screen pixelates then halts. It's now about four years old and, to be honest, I feel ready to break into home cinema proper, albeit as a noob and getting budget gear.

    Who knows? Sometime in the future I'll have a top-notch set up!

    And although I do do a lot of late night viewing, it's in use generally as well earlier in the evening ;)
     
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    Apologies for the necro post but I thought I'd just pop by and say that I've finally taken the plunge.

    I ended up with an RX475, BDP6200 and the 2000i package. I seriously thought - perhaps naively - that my all-in-one was really great. How wrong was I? The sound from this setup is what I can only describe as serious. And the picture? Well, I thought that was great too but now I feel like I'm standing on the stage with the characters.

    My Philips TV is excellent but that may have to go now I can enjoy 4K and 3D. What have I started?

    Cheers.
     
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    "What have I started?"

    The road to bankruptcy is my best guess - I'll give it 6 months and you'll be looking at 100+ inch motorised screens and a 3D projector.
     

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