Swapping a 500SD all-in-one unit for a standalone receiver?

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  1. kismet110

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    Hi all

    I did originally post this in the general receivers forum but got no response so hoping I might have more luck here.

    I've had the Denon 500SD home cinema All-in-One system for just over 2 years, been great but lately getting problems (crackly/breaking up sound and "DSP ERROR" when switching between XBOX360 and SKY+ over a split optical in & "MECHA ERROR" when trying to use the DVD) so might be on it's way out.

    Is it possible to swap the main unit ONLY for a non-"All-in-One" Denon receiver i.e. keep all the speakers/wiring in place and just switch that one component? Not madly bothered about the DVD element as have a Panny DVD-R that I can hook up via SKY+ box (or via the replacement receiver if that route works).

    Would really appreciate your advice and any suggestions for a potential replacement that a) doesn't cost too much and b) not too powerful for the speakers that came with the 500SD.

    Thanks in advance

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  2. IanWilky

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    i think your main problem here is (correct me if i'm wrong) that your sub is passive i.e. amplified inside the main dvd / receiver unit. Component AV receivers output to an active sub i.e. amplifier inside the sub.

    You may be able to keep these speakers and sub by using a new AV receiver and an additional amplifier dedicated to the passive sub, but to be honest a far better solution would be to save a few more pennies and upgrade the sub / speakers / both also.

    a possible route could be a denon dht-1356xp:

    http://www.denon.co.uk/site/frames_...=6&action=detail&Pid=258&main=prod&ver=&sub=1

    or denon 1507 + kef KHT range:

    http://www.kef.com/KHT/index.htm

    or denon 1507 + wharfedale diamond 9:

    http://www.wharfedale.co.uk/model.php?model_id=125&finish=18

    If you decide to just upgrade the sub, maybe asking for advice in the sub forum will get you some recommendations you can get some good bang for your buck these days ;)

    Your ideal solution is to find this discontinued subwoofer 2nd hand somewhere which would match your set-up a treat:

    http://www.denon.co.uk/site/frames_main.php?main=prod&ver=&MID=3&sub=1&action=detail&Pid=131
     
  3. kismet110

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    Hi Ian

    Thanks very much for the details, appreciated. You're right, the sub is a passive one, at the moment the sound is OK but I get the feeling it's not going to last for too long.

    I'd love to lavish some money on a better setup all round (not that the 500SD is poor quality) but can't justify the cost at the moment. However, if/when it goes for good I need to be well prepped for a replacement system & you've given me some food for thought here so thanks again :)

    ALI
     

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