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  1. floz88

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    Ok, i've got the new hdmi xbox 360 premium (60 GB) and i have a sony bravia 40v4000 tv. Next on my list is surround sound. So can anyone recommend surround sound to buy. I dont have an amp/receiver unless sony has one built in. I'm a bit of a noob with this stuff. Budget is around £100 and would be good if it was amazon as i have vouchers for there. Thanks!
     
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    FYi, if you're budget is only £100 the only option you will have for surround sound is digital optical. The reason I mention it is that if you're going to use HDMI for video then you won't be able to use digital optical for sound without the optional AV dongle/adapter or by modifying your 360 AV cable.
     
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    is there an alternative if i increase my budget to £160?
     
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    No. The only way to get surround sound is to use a digital optical cable for which you also need to use the included AV cable or HDMI. HDMI for surround sound is only going to be available in a separate amp and speakers where just the amp alone will cost at least £400. Your best bet would be to to get some thing like the Logitech Z-5500 speaker and decoder package and use the component for video.

    If you want to use the HDMI for video then you will also need to buy the dongle/adapter or modify the AV cable. I'm not an expert on budget surround systems as I've never had one and always gone with the separate amp and speaker solution which is more expensive. I'm sure someone else can give advice on that.
     
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    Onkyo do some good HDMI capable Amps for around £250 if you find the right shop, but that is alot.

    I've also heard good things about the Logitech, so that probably is the best bet.
     
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    Questions is do they just support video through HDMI or surround sound as well. Typically cheaper amps that have HDMI outputs only support video through them. Also you still need to factor in the cost of speakers.
     
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    Most of them do DD and DTS, some of the ones nudging £400 do DD True HD and DTS Master Audio and PCM 7.1.

    I've been tempted by a PCM 7.1 amp I saw at Richer Sounds for ~£300, it did DD and DTS to, but I couldn't justify the price.

    Alot of the Sony, LG .etc. don't handle any sound formats via HDMI other than 2.0 as you stated, but the Onkyo seem to be very good on the audio support.
     
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    My mates oldish Sony amp is an HDMI switcher only so while you can connect to it via HDMI you only get video, no audio.

    To future proof yourself if you get an amp make sure it can at least handle PCM so HD audio will be a possiblity if you get a BD player.
     
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    the sony STR-DG820 amp decodes all hd audio, and has 4 hdmi in,also multiple opticals,etc, is 7.1 and carries audio over hdmi, and is around £229.
    thats probably one of the cheapest amps that have the ability for hdmi audio,etc.
     
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    That's one of the new ones isn't it. I've been waiting for them to launch. Also been waiting on the new Sony 2.0 blueys, but haven't seen them out yet.
     
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    That amp was released in the U.K quite a while ago and has been on sale for a while now.
     
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    Buy yourself this and then get the optical Xbox 360 dongle and you're away!!

    It's got Bravia Sync too so you'll only need 1 remote to control both this & your TV.
     
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    So it isn't the one I'm thinking of, but still looks good for the price.
     
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    To be be honest...

    Save up for a while and get a decent Amp / Receiver and a decent set of speakers. I have a 8 year old Yamaha 6.1 AMP awith Yamaha speaker set. It was £320 back then and it's still amazing me now.

    There is no point skimping on decent surround sound. A good amp, powered sub woofer and decent speakers will transform how you play games and watch movies.

    A few examples on how good surround is in games are Bioshock and Dead Space.

    Save up for a few months and get a good investment. Dare I say "future proof" with a system that can handle the Blu Ray sound formats too such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD.

    you won't be sorry.
     
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    Just found it even cheaper here for those who are interested.
     
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    I paid £270 for mine about 4/5years ago, and if it wasn't for HDMI and the new HD formats/PCM there would be no reason to upgrade. It does me fine, but I think I will probably go for a 7.1 system soon.

    I agree that paying slightly more is wise, it is definately wise now. The current HD formats and HDMI will be around for a good 4/5 years, and as long as you get one with 3/4 HDMI and a few optical/coaxial I can't see any need for an upgrade providing you get a good 250w-350w of speakers.
     
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    Was going to say you dont need all this expensive equipment this lot are saying! This guys got the idea what your after just get the Audio Dongle

    XBOX 360 OFFICIAL AUDIO OPTICAL OUT CABLE / DONGLE on eBay, also, Xbox 360, Accessories, Video Games (end time 12-Feb-09 16:52:21 GMT)

    This plugs into the socket next to the HDMI port on the back of the 360. Now on there is the optical out so simply run an optical cable from there into the back of of the DVD surround system.

    You just need to find a decent DVD surround system with an optical in which most actually have!

    Obviously this is'nt as good as a proper setup with seperate amp, speakers etc but for your budget im sure you will be happy! As long as you can hear someone coming from behind trying to stab you in the back on COD :smashin:
     
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    Leave this place, you speak the word of the devil.

    I cast you out DVD Surround Sound System, return to whence you came.

    Be gone.
     

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