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Speaker/Amp Advice Required

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by KAD, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. KAD

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    Folks,

    I'm a complete newcomer to all this home cinema stuff and I'm finding it difficult to decide which way to go, so any advice would be great.

    I've currently got a cable box, DVD player, VHS recorder & xBox all set up together. I'm wanting to get a set of surround sound speakers which will take all of these items so I can listen to everything (films, music, tv, games) all through the same speakers.

    Just bought a new flat, so money is tight but I can scrape together about £500 to get some speakers & an amp. What is the best way to go?

    From what I can work out I've got a few options :

    1. Buy a cheap all in one speakers and amp kit - cheap & cheerful and does the job but probably doesn't sound too good.
    2. Buy a separate amp and specialist speakers - sounds great, but will probably be too expensive.
    3. Chuck out my old DVD player (which is probably rubbish) and get an good DVD player & amp combo with speakers - seems like a waste of my old DVD player but it might get a better sound in the long run.
    4. Something I haven't thought of!

    I'm also concerned about how I can connect all the sound sources into the amp as from what I can see the more inputs the amp has, the more expensive it is.

    Can you please suggest which way I should go to get an inexpensive but good quality surround sound system which will take all my kit. Any recommendations for specific kit (makes, models, etc) would save me a lot of time too.

    I am going to save up for a flat screen TV to go with all this next. Don't know if this will have any bearing on what system I should go for, but I thought I'd mention it just in case.

    Thanks very much for your help - I've been going mental trying to figure this out on my own.

    Cheers, Keith.
     
  2. koshatnik

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    Depends on your priorities - surround sound is great for gaming and cinema (not my bag, I just find surround sound irritating rather than involving, but then I'm a freak) but for music reproduction its generally pretty awful (in my opinion :) ). Music is not really recorded and mixed to be listened to in surround sound so if you value good musical reproduction, then I'd invest in a seperate hifi system, or find a way of switching the speakers for music. If you don't care about that sort of thing, then cool :) As for surround sound advice, I can't help as its not my thing. Over to whoever...
     
  3. Knyght_byte

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    search the forums and you will find threads for people with this kind of budget and the responses they got......

    for option 4, you could get a reasonable a/v amp and stereo speakers now, then add surrounds at a later date, i took 2 years getting all my gear, much happier that i took time but spent more money than i would have been getting a cheap'n'cheerful system.....
     

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