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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by sue745, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. sue745

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    please could someone help me as i am looking to purchase,
    a dvd player , av amp and a set of speakers.
    my budget is £2000 the system is purely for movies and they are for a average size room.
    i have been looking at some amps and speakers but the more i read the more confusing it is getting, could some please tell me what the best set up is for these or if there is any other products that might be better and i have missed looking at.

    speakers -
    mordaunt short prem plus -- £500
    mordaunt short genie -- £800

    a/v amps -
    yamaha dspax750se -- £380
    marantz sr5500 -- £450
    denon avr 3805 -- £
    harmon kardon avr430 -- £

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  2. digisocialist

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    The 3805 retails at 1k, though can be had for £800 - this would eat 40% of your budget. The Denon 2805 can be had for about £520 or 26% of your budget...which represents on paper a more balanced approach in financial terms, especially if you wish to spend good money on the speakers (which I would) and a fair wack on a DVD. E.G spending 26% on the AV, 40% on the Speakers, still leaves you with 34% of your budget for a DVD player... (you can enter Arcam territory on that money...).

    Personally, I would spend more on the Amp & Speakers and less on the DVD player. This is only my personal opinion based on the fact that so many issues seem to be reported with DVD players these days, I hardly think they are value for money...and the direction of the technology may change soon anyway(?).

    All of the amps you have listed have had their fair share of good reviews. I would put the Denon 2805 on your list, Yamaha RXV-1500RDS, or if you're brave the Onkyo TX-SR601E which all represent 25 - 35% of your budget.

    Go to the Denon 3805, Yamaha V2500, Pioneer VSX 2014i, Onkyo TX-SR702SE, Marantz SR7500 which all represent up to 45% of your budget.

    Go to Arcam AVR300, Pioneer VSX-AX5A1, Marantz SR8500 which represent 50-60% of your budget.

    They all have their own character and can only be appreciated if demo'd..whatever anyone says. Without demoing them all, my starting point with these things always is to determine a financial view on where you believe you would feel most comfortable spending you money. This then allows you at least to narrow your choices based on a factor you at least have control of. The end game may change dramatically but at least you had somewhere to start from.
     
  3. Tejstar

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    You can get a very decent system for £2k. First off does it matter whether you go for a sub/sat system or floorstanders? How much space would you prefer the system to take? If you want it to be discrete then a sub/sat system is probably your best bet. If you want a more 'fuller' sound then floorstanders may be the way to go, although this is at the expense of space.

    Given that your budget is quite substantial I will assume that you’d like to make a saving and get a decent system rather than using your whole budget for something top-end.

    First off, DVD player. How about the Pioneer 575 (£130) or Toshiba 330 (<£100)? Although, if you need digital connections (i.e. DVI/HDMI to connect to your display) then you may need to opt for a more expensive DVD player like the Denon 2910 (£515).

    Amp wise, the Yamaha 750SE (£380) is excellent value for money if you don't need a tuner. If you do, then the Yamaha 1500 (£550) is very good along with the Denon 2805 (£550). It's worth noting that the Yamaha's can be sourced a lot cheaper if you plan to buy in Germany. Many on this forum have already saved loads by buying from Germany.

    I always find suggesting speakers as the most tricky part as it depends on so many factors, among them room dynamics, aesthetics etc. Assuming you're going for a sub/sat system then the Castle Compacts are hard to beat at £1k. If you don't want to spend that much then, as you mentioned the Genie's (£800) are a good bet as are the Kef eggs (£600).

    Tbh this may sound like a kop-out but the best advice I can give you is to go for a demo yourself. You can read all the magazines you want and hear all the comments you want from forumites like us, but essentially you're going to buy what sounds good to you. :)
     
  4. digisocialist

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    Tejstar - You're a good un'. :)
     
  5. sue745

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    thanks tejstar and digisocialist for your advice so far.
    like i mentioed i am rather new to all this so please be patient.
    if i bought a dvd player what is a dvi/hdmi connection ??
    are there only certain dvd's and amps that are only compatable with this ??
    the amp i am looking for does not need a tuner with it please advise on the best one ??
    with the speakers i would like to have the rear two on a wall the front two either side of the tv and the center one above it ns the sub about two yards away does this sound ok to you guys??
    the room is of an average size.

    thankyou for your hep
     

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