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Panasonic DVD S97 - Amp and Speaker question?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Degas, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Degas

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    Hello all, I am a bit of a noob in this area so I thought it would be best to get some opinions. I currently have and all in one JVC-THV70R DVD system and a JVC 42" VM-42D30E plasma I am looking to replace.

    I have bought a Panasonic DVD S97 DVD player and am going to get one of the new gen Hi-Def 42/43" Panny or Pioneer Plasmas due out at the end of this month, however I have no idea as to the Amp or Speaker set I need to go with them. I want to hook up my Sky+ box, DVD and my X-Box all in Hi-quality as possible, I don't have that much cash left mind, only about £500 max to get both the speakers and the amp (I could possibly stretch to a tad more but really don't want to, well I say I don't' want to, it's more the wife will kill me).

    I have heard the Denon AVR-1705 and the Denon AVR-1905 are both pretty good, as are the Pioneer VSX-C502 and the Sony STR-DB795 but they only have 4 outputs each to the Denons 7 or 8, and as far as speakers go I have no idea except that I hear the Kef KHT1005 are pretty good compacts, which is what I want as instead of full size. Any extra comments on leads etc will be appreciated.

    Thanks for any input.
     
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    Its hard to advise on a set up but with the budget u have Id say Richer Sounds would be a gr8 place to look and get some ideas
     
  3. Degas

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    Thanks for the reply, but why is it hard to advise on a setup, surely some people here have opinions on this question.
     
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    Without wanting to sound rude, probably because your amp and speaker budget is pretty tight which means your best bet will be to hunt out some discounted deals. The best amp and speakers for £500 will largely depend on the deals you can find.

    Having said that, I'd suggest one of the Denon receivers you mention and then see if you can track down a deal on some Kef Eggs (now available at big, big discounts and still very, very good) or one of the Mission speaker packages. If you do well you might get close to £500 and will have a cracking set up for the money (especially with the 42" plasma, not that I'm jealous!)
     
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    I suppose cos amp and speaker set ups are such a personal thing and there is so many combinations...me for example I have a Sony STR DB940 AV amp which I love to bits for films..but in Stereo its a bit weak so I added a Myriad power amp which beefs up the Stereo and is gr8 for music which is all wired to a pair of Mordaunt Short floor standers plus a mixture of other speakers for surround....now this suits me fine but you might not like it..you might say prefer an Arcam power amp or u might want a separate system for music with a pre/power set up or even intergrated amp...the combinations are vast, you need to check out a magazine like What hifi to get an idea of what u want and then try them in demos....I know Richer sounds is a gr8 place to try cos u can demo the kit and they have gr8 prices
     
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    ps....another idea is to maybe build your surround system up...say use the money to get a good amp then add a pair of speakers as soon as u can and use it in Stereo, later buy a good centre speaker and so on until u have a complete 5.1 or 6.1 set up...this is how I did it with my system...it takes time but u end up with better kit...bare in mind though that it all has to work together and alot of people recommend buying a complete set of speakers of the same make made for the purpose although u can quite often buy them separately...ie buy the front speakers first then get the rest later...a good example of a surround package is the mission cinema setups...which is listed in what hifi at around the £400 to £500 mark depending on the model but no doubt it can be got for cheaper...i dont think u get a subwoofer with that though...anyway personally i think that is your best bet..build the system up...and u can use it still as u go
     
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    Although I agree with everything that has been said, I think you can create an excellent AV system for £500. I'd recommend the following combo, having heard it before. This is available, as far as I can see, exclusively from Richer Sounds.


    Cambridge Audio Azur 540R @ £249.95
    Tannoy FX1 5.1 speaker system @ £199.99
    (you can get additional speakers elsewhere)
    That leaves £50 for some quality cabling. A decent coaxial interconnect should set you back £20, leaving some cash for speaker cable 9or a 5.1 set of phonos for DVD audio - I'd add this later, if at all!)

    If you don't need a discrete solution (Tannoys are good and very small), I'd go for something like the Mission MS2AV pack, which can be picked up for under £200. Try hifistore.co.uk, for example.

    There are so many alternatives. All amps sound different, and speaker packages are all a matter of test. Really, the best way is to go with your budget to a specialist AV shop (and I'm including RS here) and talk through options. Also, you have to demo stuff. Trust your ears, not what magazines or other people tell you. You should get a great starter system for £500, which, to be fair, is all that the S97 needs. It is not the most musical of players, even with all its enhancing technology on or off. Sounds great with Dolby Digital or DTS soundtracks though.
     
  8. Degas

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    Thanks very much guys, I should point out that I wasn't including cables in my cash stated and probably could go a bit higher money wise if it was worth it, I also am not a massive music fan so I only want solid home theatre performance for DVD's, TV and gaming. I may have a run into town today and go and have a poke around Richer Sounds, any other suggestions greatfully received.
     

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