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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by osmyth, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. osmyth

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    I am about to buy a dvd recorder to replace a video and need to add an amp and 5.1 speakers. There seems to be a few ways of doing this so would like some advice please.

    1. get a speaker package with the amp built in, like the Sony HTBE1.
    For - price, got a good review
    Against - quality?

    2. get a separate amp/receiver and separate 5.1 speakers.
    For - could add other inputs (not too bothered about this though), better quality?. Against - more expensive.

    3. get a dvd player all-in-one package.
    Like the look of the Panasonic SC-DT100, but could do with just the amp/speakers.
    For - could copy DVD to DVDR (with correct scart). Against - will have 2 players.

    any thoughts?
    cheers, Owen.
     
  2. juboy

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    If it's the best quality per pound spent and flexibility that you're after, number two of your options is really the only way to go.
     
  3. balders

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    I'm in a similar position - got a Tosh 36ZP18 TV, and am currently using the speakers that came with the TV to watch DVDs in DD. They're OK, but I;m getting to the stage where I want something better.

    Thinking about option 2, what receiver/ speaker packages can people recommend bearing in mind :

    - I'd like to keep the cost < £500
    - I don't want massive speakers taking over my living room
    - I don't want black speakers as they will be too imposing
    - I don't need a hugely powerful system (rooms only 4m x 5m)

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Balders.
     
  4. juboy

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    You could just about squeeze a Marantz SR4200 and the Mission Cinema 72 A/V Speaker Package in Beech and Silver for £500 with some careful shopping.

    You'd still need a little extra for cables etc. and would at some point probably want to add a subwoofer but the above would be one solution to meet your current requirements.
     
  5. 7ThGuest

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    Hi Balders,

    If you want something quite small and gucci in silver, I am about to put 5 Elac Cinema Sat 1 speakers. They are only 3 weeks old hardly even run-in. They cost me £50 ea (looking for £45 ea + p&p) The only reason I am getting rid of them is because I got a cracking set of floorstanders from someone on the forum so I am now going bigger.

    They have won several awards, click on the link below:

    http://www.elac.com/de/tests/2002/whifi10_02_cin1.html

    The missus won't let me keep 2 complete sets!! :(

    Regards

    7ThGuest :)
     
  6. balders

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    Thanks, 7th. I'm not quite in a position to buy yet, so I won't be able to take you up on your offer.

    Good luck with the sale though!

    Balders.
     

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