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Newbie Question on Budget Receiver (and set up) for HDMI DVD/TV

Northernlight

Standard Member
Hi,

I have just bought a new Toshiba 37" 1080p LCD TV and a DVD player to match with upscaling and HDMI cable.

I have a good quality but now relatively old (10 years) separates hi-fi system and would like to replace with a receiver to link up srround sound speakers etc to make the most of my new TV.

My question is, does anyone have any recommendations on a tight budget (£200 max) and will my existing hi-fi speakers (good quality mission floorstanders) work ok as main stereo speakers?

Also, I'm slightly confused on how to hook up the system with the HDMI lead. Would i have to get a HDMI receiver and run a second HDMI cable? Or would i use a different interconnect from the TV to the receiver.

Any help would be appreciated!!

Thanks
 

Andy98765

Distinguished Member
Hi,

I have just bought a new Toshiba 37" 1080p LCD TV and a DVD player to match with upscaling and HDMI cable.

I have a good quality but now relatively old (10 years) separates hi-fi system and would like to replace with a receiver to link up srround sound speakers etc to make the most of my new TV.

My question is, does anyone have any recommendations on a tight budget (£200 max) and will my existing hi-fi speakers (good quality mission floorstanders) work ok as main stereo speakers?

Also, I'm slightly confused on how to hook up the system with the HDMI lead. Would i have to get a HDMI receiver and run a second HDMI cable? Or would i use a different interconnect from the TV to the receiver.

Any help would be appreciated!!

Thanks

Yes you can use your floorstanders and I would suggest putting your money into getting a AV amp capable of driving big speakers, so with a budget of £200 I would look at http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=106&Title=Azur+540R+(Version+2)+6.1+AV+Receiver as it is probably the best amp for the money that will drive big speakers, both musically and surround sound. The Spec states 100watts/channel ALL Channels driven (5.1), unlike say a Onkyo (still a very good av amp, but mainly for toys) which states 130watts ONE channel driven. But then again the Cambridge does have a power consumption of 650watts. So bottom line, on day one setup as 2.0 then as finances allow move to 3.0, 5.0 then 5.1.

Absolutely NO need to run a HDMI cable through a AV receiver, unless something is gained, DOLBYHD, Lack or HDMI on TV etc or you are going to have the AV amp on whenever you watch TV, can be a problem for some (late at night, babies/children in bed).
 

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