seperates or sony package



i'm looking at purchasing a home cinema setup and would appreciate some help.
4 things to bear in mind:
a)i already have a sony 405 DVD player which i am more than happy with.
b) the use will mainly be as home cinema rather than cd music listening. i don't however want the cheap option where everthing is a full blast out from sub and lower levels are naff, crap centre etc etc.
c) no wood or really large cabinets. mandatory !!

option 1:
sony dav 880 ( the only system my better half has approved of in the last 5 years of trying). my newish 405 dvd then however becomes redundant which is putting me off . can pick these up for around £650. also to say most mags and people on this forum are into giving sony a good kicking, the 880 are getting 5*'s everywhere ?
does this mean they are actually vvvv good systems. comments plz as i am very curious on this point

option 2: my unqualified, but gut feeling way forward !!

(again because of cosmetic match required )

sony STRDB780 , strde685, or stdb 1080. not really sure which one i need. if the big jump to 1080 just gives me the 5.1 to 6.1 jump up then i can't really justify it. if oln the other hand its a big leap in lots of other ways then maybe i can stretch to it.


add one of the following speaker packages

sony save 835 pascals approx £399

or the denon scavf100 nxt flats set approx £369 ( love the idea of the flat panels but can they touch the sony ? )

or the mission fs1 package approx 389 ( plus 69 for 2 rear stands as only 2 inc ) as far as the wife is concerned these look pretty much the same as the ones in the dav880 package )

i spent a few mins on the superfi site comparing the tech details and the sony pascals seem to beat everthing hands down ( frequency ranges etc ). why do the get such a raw deal ??

i'd have liked to compare the sony speakers from the dav880 system but cannot find them anywhere as a spearate speaker package. would have been nice to see how they stood up against the others. anybody any idea's ?


i'm a little worried about the speakers ability to handle over 100watt. ( eg the sony save835 pascals can do 140watt ) as the amp can only throw out 100watt per channel max. are the speakers to high spec'd for the amp i'm looking at ?
active sub can presumable look after itself.

maybe i should add the sony save535 pascal package into the above comparison

i'd love to find a site that has comparison charts like the ones in the back of the glossy brouchers that show all the systems by column and lets you scan down the rows of tech details etc to pick out the differences. ( anyone seen such a site ?? )

again, sorrry to ramble on ( an irc group would have been good ? ).
any help on any of the above much appreciated



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Hi Max,

I have the FS1 package - you can pick it up for £313 from, if you want floor stands you would have to buy two pairs as the package comes with four table top stands, and two wall brackets, no floor stands are included.

I bought two extra wall brackets so all four of mine are on the walls - you can get extra cables and brackets etc direct from

They seem to take quite a bit of running in, but mine are getting better all the time and i am more than pleased at the price for the size and convenience factors.



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