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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by polyvision, Jan 2, 2004.

  1. polyvision

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    Could someone briefly point out the differences between all-in-one home cinema systems (excluding dvd player) and separates (av reciever, speakers etc.) and what is the best option to go for in terms of sound performance and value for money.

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  2. buns

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    the difference is that all in ones put the money into making it small and compact and relatively pretty. Separates put the money into the sound at the expense of some of the above.

    sound for the pound, separates every time

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    All in one systems are rather good at filling a smallish room with sound and offer a good introduction to the joy of DD and DTS sound tracks. AIO's tend to be sub sat systems (small satalite speakers with a subwoofer) with easy/convienient connectivety and can be more pleasing to the eye in some cases. They however do not offer any upgrade path and have to be totally replaced if you get frustrated with it's limitations later on down the line (as I did). Because the speakers tend to be small the sound produced can be fairly limited compared to those with a bigger cabinate (standmount or floorstanding). The subwoofer is often fairly basic and can in some cases be more of a boom box than a subwoofer.
    Seperates can give you more flexibility as regards the components you can choose. You can upgrade any part at any time and they generally give you better sound for your money over an AIO system of a similar price. Seperates can be less pleasing to the eye than an AIO package but if your more interested in performance over looks then seperates is the way to go.
    Both have their merits imo and offer a solution to anyone wanting to enjoy the home cinema experience you just need to decide wether you want more style or better performance.
    I'd recomend you go listen to some AIO systems and seperates at your local dealer to seem the pro's and cons off having each.
     

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