My first AV receiver

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Lostsoul 301281, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. Lostsoul 301281

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    I'm putting serious thought into getting an AV receiver right now.
    I've been looking at Richer Sounds and was thinking of this one, as seeing as it's my first I don't want to be spending shed loads.
    I'll be building up the speakers over time and am currently using a pair of B&Ws on my Cambridge Audio stereo amp(which will be up for sale once I get an AV receiver).

    Opinions?
     
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    Bit more info would be good. Why do you want an AVR if you currently have a stereo amp? What model of B&W exactly? What size is your room?
     
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    Well, my room is roughly 10x13-14.
    A friend used to have a full 5.1 setup in a similar sized room.

    The B&Ws are DM601 S3.
    Borrowed from the same friend, and I've been meaning to buy them off him.

    The stereo amp was bought so I had something with a similar kick as my old stereo(which still works barring the CD and MD changers, is at least 16 years old and very bulky) to run my iPod through.
    I do run an audio lead from the TV to the amp, but I would like to improve my set up to full surround, especially for gaming.
    Also, my TV only has 3 HDMIs and I have my Xbox One, Xbox 360, Virgin Media TiVo and separate Blu-Ray player(prefer using it to my X1 for Blu-Ray's and DVDs).
    Using an HDMI splitter at the moment, but I'm pretty sure the sound and picture a slightly out of sync when using it.

    Ultimately, I'd like to go for 5.1 for gaming. Especially with games like Alien Isolation, and generally for movies.
     
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    Sounds like you need an Av amp! The Sony you have linked to offers a good deal for the price. They can sound slightly 'bright' so will need careful matching.

    What is your budget for the Av amp and any other speakers?
     
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    All I need it to do is the basics really.
    4-in/1-out HDMI meets my needs.
    I see it has a USB at the front, so I could run my iPod through that.
    It does 5.1.
    So really I don't want to go more than £200-£250.

    As for speakers.
    I'd like floor standers for the fronts.
    I don't want to get anything too big for the centre if possible.
    And if I can get away with keeping the B&Ws for the rears that would be great.
     
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    So I went for the Sony one I linked and I feel I made a great choice.
    Simple to set up and it has features that I feel are perfect for me.
    However, I'm encountering an issue. One I'm hoping isn't a fault with the unit.
    When switching channels it sometimes switches back to the previous channel and requires me to select the required one 2 or 3 times.
    For example, I switched it on just now and went to watch a DVD, so selected the channel my Blu-Ray player is connected to. But it kept switching back to the Xbox One channel, even though the BDP was switched on and the X1 is off(instant on mode).
    My Virgin TiVo was on, but that channel wasn't automatically selected when the AVR was turned on. It switched to the TV channel, which is for an aerial to be connected to.

    Any suggestions as to the amps strange behaviour?
     
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    No one got an answer?
     
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    Turn off HDMI CEC (HDMI control). Your devices receiving control signals and changing inputs, because they "think" that you watch that device. Little-bit bad explanation....

    Receiver, Xbox, BD player and TV, all those have HDMI CEC control. This can mess things up.
     

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