surround system recommendations, around £300-£350

lightbulb

Novice Member
Hi, firstly I'd like to say what great forums these are with a wealth of information, I've been popping back regularly when it has been time to buy something but this is the first time I have had to post :)

I found a topic similar to mine from January last year but as time goes on, things change so I thought I would ask again, sorry :/

I require some recommendations for an entry level surround 5.1/6.1 DD cinema system around the £300 to £350 mark.

What am I after?
-Ideally 2 optical inputs or 1 optical and 1 digital coaxial (for connecting sky digibox and a dvd player)
-If there is an integrated dvd player: 1 optical input will suffice and has component video output.
-Enough power to fill a room 15 feet by 13feet with a wall missing (through-lounge lol)
Floor standing or small speakers, no preference :)

What have I looked at?
I've seen the Sony HT-SL500 which had the connectivity required and was £279.99 in Comet (http://***********/56t4n), further googling revealed it as low as £209 with the reputation of the e-tailer to be checked out. Online prices like this would allow for a better system, but I am stumped due to the lack of detailed information between sites and the limited range shown on Sony UK's site.

Is the 60watts per speaker from the Sony HT-SL500 sufficient to fill the room specified or is it severely underpowered?
Does anyone know of anything similar?

[edit] I found an e-tailer, ss electricals, offering the DAV-SR3 (http://***********/5tb3j) if i stretch to £370 including devliery, it has 1 digital input and component video out. More power on this one with 110 watts x5 and 200 watts for the sub.

please provide me with your opinions and advice :)
Many thanks in advance :)
 

Conn

Novice Member
Ok, I'll be the first to say it...The Denon DHT500SD is only £50 more than your budget. It is arguably the best available atm. It matches your requirements and more. 100 watts times 6 should fill your room just fine :)
 

lightbulb

Novice Member
hi hi, thanks for the reply! I can stretch just that little bit more for this, I have just seen the spec and downloaded the manual from the Denon site. My mind is made up, I did not know something so impressive was around for such a price! Are there any retailers you recommend in particular for this unit?
 

Conn

Novice Member
I bought mine from Peter Tyson, impressed with price and service. You could probably shave a (very) few quid of somewhere else but the after sales has been excellent.
 

Smiffy 2

Well-known Member
Another thumbs up for Peter Tyson.
Great "next day" service and really helpful if you do have any queries or problems.
Recommended.
Rob
 

lightbulb

Novice Member
another satisfied customer :D
thanks guys, got my system today and got it all setup, an amzing buy, i was dumbfounded at the connection options, performance and quality of the unit, and to think i could have ended up with something much worse.

Thanks again all :) Back to the movies :) :clap:
 

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