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Newbie Home cinema advice

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Ace T, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. Ace T

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    Need a 5.1 channel receiver with Dolby Digital, DTS, Pro Logic II etc. to go with my new plasma Viera. Whats the best one to get for around £300 ?? Will be using it purely for home cinema. Also need it to connect to NTL box ?
     
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    The usual suspects then:
    Pioneer 814 approx £220
    Yamaah rvx 650 approx £270
    Denon 1905 approx £220
    Sony 795 approx £220 (although buzzing problems have been reported with them)
    Sony db2000 approx £300
    Panasonic SA-XR70EG-S approx £285 (slim digital amp with HDMI interface)
    http://ws1.pricerunner.jibelectrical.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=PAN-SAXR70

    Prices are without postage.:lesson:

    More money can be saved by buying from Germany if your interested. Look for threads in theis forum about importing.
    Hope this helps. :D
     
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    How about the Yamaha RXV450 and 350 ??? Also is the Denon 1905 more tailored for music as I don't want to consider it if it is.
     
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    If you gonna spend the money IMHO you should buy the best you can afford to stop upgradeitus setting in to soon. The 650 would blow the 350/450 out of the water and the 650 also has auto setup which is a great help as well as more power and better connectivity. All the modern av amps are better at music then before but mainly Marantz and Nad are tuned more for music then denon.
    If you like your movies load and in your face the Pioneer is the first choise but for over all movie power my money would go to Yamaha .
    Is it possible for you to demo any equiptment ? What speakers is the amp getting paired with?
     
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    Will have to get some good speakers to go with the amp...ideally a 5.1 kit....but not more than £200 if possible. So any ideas on that front? Also which Pioneer receivers are good for movies in my price range?
     
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    Ok so I'm nearly decided but which speakers out of the mission and the elac are the best for movies and games ???

    Also need to decide on a receiver but I think the Yamaha RXV650 is out of my price range...so is the pioneer best for what I need as I only want 5.1 sound but all the options such as PLII, DTS etc??
     
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    The Pioneer is a great receiver for the money, I've been very happy with mine. It's actually a 6.1 Receiver with connection for pseudo 7.1 so you have an upgrade path. It supports pretty much every standard you are likely to need: DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS NEO:6. It also has the automatic MCACC system that sets up the channel levels and delays automaticaly using a supplied microphone. A bargain IMO.
     
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    So out of the Yamaha RXV450 and the Pioneer D814, which one shall I go for ??? Also the Elac speakers or the Mission package...anyone got them and can tell me what they are like?
     
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    If you can accomodate them the mission would be the best option with the best upgrade path. Replace the front with floorstanders, improved centre etc and not having to sell the whole kit and start again as would be with the elacs.

    See if you can get a demo of the 450 and 814 and from thet decide what you want to do. That is the best way. On paper I would say the 814 over the 450.
     
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    Multizone Av are doing the 814 for £204.95 and
     

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