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Sony HT-BE1 Home Cinema Kit

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DaveP

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Forgive me if this is in the wrong area, I'm confused as to where to post it as it has an amp and speakers combined!

Anyway the question is: Does anyone have one of these? If so what is there opinion please.

I'm particularly interested in the quality of the sound and the depth of the sub. Final question: How good is the DPL II?

Thanks

DaveP
 

gringottsdirect

Active Member
Originally posted by DaveP
I'm particularly interested in the depth of the sub. /QUOTE]

302mm

Personally, it's acceptable in a wee small room, but the weedy sub and puny cubes are only marginally better than integrated DD tvs.
 

john039

Active Member
I did look into this model a few weeks ago, small, seems well made, looks good.......finally dismissed it coz there was 1 co ax/optical input and 1 set of input jacks ,so how they expect you to connect to TV, Video, sky and DVD, heaven only knows.Maybe its main purpose was for a PC.
John
 
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DaveP

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Thanks guys. Back to the drawing board then!

Can anyone recommend a DPL II amp with speakers at a really low price?

DaveP
 
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DaveP

Guest
I've just found the Sony HTK25 at Empire Direct for £261.08.

Any views please.

The idea is, at the moment anyway, to convert my junk room to be a small (make that very small 6' x 8') HC Room. Just for me to watch the movies that my wife won't watch! Which is quite a lot actually!

I shall only need connections for a DVD player. DPL II is a must though.

Thanks

DaveP
 

john039

Active Member
If you only wanna connect up a DVD to the system then why is DPL 2 a must ? If you're only gonna input DVD, DPL 2 will be of no use,coz you'll get Dolby Digital/DTS anyway.

HTBE1 might be enough if DVD is all you want to connect to it.
Go to Your nearest Argos...Buy it, try it our for up to 16 days....don't like it...take it back for a full refund.

John
 
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DaveP

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Thanks John. I'm a very lazy person! I should have explained further!

I have a DVD recorder and I archive films off of my Sky+ onto DVD. I can then play them when I get the chance, which at the moment is never! These are only recorded in DD2.0 but then again there aren't that many broadcast in 5.1.

Apart from that, I have quite a few DVD's, usually the older ones, that are only in PCM stereo. I'm hoping DPLII will increase my listening enjoyment when re-watching them.

Thanks for the tip about Argos.

DaveP
 

steev

Standard Member
My budget DPLII option was the Yamaha HTiB-45. £320 at www.unbeatable.co.uk

Has the advantage of being a proper separates system with an RDS tuner if you need it. Plenty of audio inputs, but only one each of optical and coax digital.

Sounds fine to my untrained ears. Plenty loud enough.

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DaveP

Guest
Thanks for that Steev, there site says "3 speakers and a subwoofer" surely a mistake?

DaveP
 

steev

Standard Member
Definitely 5 speakers in my pack. I think they must have just looked at the picture. I'm sure I saw another site saying the same thing.

The sub is pretty big (more big than pretty). Much bigger than the Sony. In fact everything about the Sony is tiny. The Yammy speakers probably aren't brilliant, but they are good enough for now and very discrete. When I have the funds they can be upgraded.

There's a review of the receiver at www.home-entertainment.co.uk. It loses some points for not having S-Video, but you generally have to pay more for that feature. The DVD should be going straight to the TV anyway. I may use the composite switching for the VCR and cable at some point.

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Steve
 
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