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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Harj, Dec 30, 2001.

  1. Harj

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    I've just redecorated the flat. Time for a home cinema system now. The only problem i have is i need a HC system with 5.1 speakers, av amp and dvd player that is equally kind to cd playback (esp hi volume). The two things i have looked at is Marantz SR4200 and a Yamaha HDti40 all in one. I love music and movies equally but i dont want to clutter my lounge with wires and equipment. Having my heard my dads DAVS-500 playback cd through his 5.1 speakers I was suprised at the quality. Can u guys/girls please advise on which sort of set up i should be looking at. I dont have much to spend on kit. At the monent i only have a tosh 32zd tv, tosh 2109 dvd player (over two years old and still blowing alot of players axay in terms of pic quality).

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    I have just setup the Yamaha HTIB40 and it is very impressive. I bought from Hispek (01727 791133) for £379 (as advertised in What Hi-Fi) and was very impressed with their service. I ordered on 28/12/01 and it was delivered on 31/12/01 as stated. The packages contains everything else including brackets and cables for the speakers.
    Sounds like the Tosh TV/DVD will be great. I'm thinking of a Tosh widescreen whats your opinion?
     
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    The Sony DAV players are not that well regarded on here, like most the all-in-ones. There have been quite a few threads in the last 2 months which you may wish to read.

    If you are impressed with the rather weak Sony, you will be blown away by the quality of separates.

    Separates do not have to be expensive. Take a look at Richer sounds website to get an idea of what is available.
     
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    Agree totally with Doubledoom.

    if you have any access to any knowledge of what makes a decent Home Cinema setup, then one thing you should be certain of is that seperates are the way to go. It's a misconception that seperates from a specialist dealer are more expensive than the 'All In One' so-called 'solution'. :mad:

    The Toshiba SD210E is as a fine a CD player as it is a DVD player. Marantz make very good AV Receivers that are just as capable with stereo sound as they are with multi-channel sound, such as the SR4200 which can be picked up for £300 at many places, or the next model up - the SR5200. The Yamaha AV amps & receivers I also rate as quality stereo amps. Put together with a decent budget speaker set you'll have a system that can easily knock any 'All-In-One' and its on its ignorant, under performing bottom.

    There are loads of AV amps that can do music as proud as they can do movies. You just have to go find them and listen up, see which one you like best.
     
  5. Harj

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    Thanks for the advice chaps, I've finally ordered a marantz str400, it was a very close call between that and the Yamaha (which is bloody good), can anyone reccomend speakers? I got in mind some mission m72's(?).

    Mitch in regardfs to your query about tosh tv's, i chose mine on quality of dvd and sound features, and im very happy with what i get. The tosh (ZD model) also has connections atback for external subwoofer and composite video, though the sony fq model has more gizmos (pic in pic etc etc).Both are good quality tv's matter of preferance, I have always found tosh dvds excellent value, superb pictures, good combo? Definately!
     
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    Mission speakers are my favourite, and the M70 series is a very good budget series, suited to both music and home cinema. The series' centre and surround speakers are equally impressive.
     
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    Harj, where are you getting the Marantz SR4200 from? If its Richer sounds and its still priced at £299, then pay the money go outside and check superfi next door to the Stockport branch and they have it for £250, then go back in Richer and say you have beat them on the price promise. You will get the £50 back but also make them give you the £10 bonus. That makes it £240 for a Marantz SR4200, a bargin if I ever saw 1.

    I know this works cause I did exactly that.:cool:
     
  8. Harj

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    howdy, I got mine from richer sounds on the net for £255, unfortunately Hanwell west london is not too hot on hi-fi dealers to play prices with.

    Mandle, can i ask what speakers u have set up with yours? Any recommandations will be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    Not sorted them out yet using a borrowed set at moment, thinking of mission's and a paradigm sub
     
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    Harj

    A question for you, if your's has been delivered, when using the tuner the RDS displays the station name automatically if I use the station skip buttons but once I preset a station e.g. to number 1 and select it using that number mine just displays the frequency unless I press the RDS button. Does yours do this? it says in the manual that RDS displays automatically and I assumed this meant all the time not just when using the skip buttons.

    Hope I have explained this reasonably cleary, seems a bit of a waffle.
     
  11. Harj

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    Not recieved it yet (Tues), but i do understand your question! Just a matter of interest i have the same problem as my Technics midi system, and i have to press the RDS button to get the display, it only does not appear if the signals weak.
     
  12. hornydragon

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    Just to let you know harj I am after a set of missions but trying for the M73's have a look at www.hifistore.co.uk and www.hifibitz.co.uk they are the best prices I have seen and free delivery, can't comment on the service though, let me know if you find them cheaper.
     
  13. Harj

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    hornydragon , i've been looking at m73 as well, heard good things abiut them, i looked at http://uk.kelkoo.com/ for a price comparison and hifibitz came up top (cheaper than richer sounds as well). Does not mean they are the cheapest though cos not everyone is affiliated with kelkoo.

    Do u know how good the rear m7ds are?
     

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