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The Great Procrastinator

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Dwayne Dibley, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. Dwayne Dibley

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    Hello all,

    I have been avidly reading AV forums for about 3 months with a view to entering the world of big screen action! :)

    There has been much demo'ing and reading and then reading some more; 'til 4 in the morning some nights! (the missus has been VERY understanding :mad: )... Hours were spent drooling over other peoples home cinema rooms / screen shots (a la UrbanT, PJTX100, Captain Lightheart?, amongst many others….. nice one guys :clap: :smashin: ) I've now decided to plump for the Sony HS50........ well, I think I have …… the Z3 looks rather tempting too!! :rolleyes:

    I’m now getting to my question….. eventually!…. get on with it…. Ok ok

    I appreciate that my budget amp (Yamaha RXV396RDS) is gonna struggle to send a decent image to the PJ. Does anyone have any recommendations for a replacement AV amp
    (naïvely holding hands in a prayer gesture hoping for a miracle when I ask - “or am I mistaken and my amp will cope?”, I can’t believe I’ve asked that…..).

    Anyway, I shall be connecting an Xbox and Toshiba DVD player, SD100, with maybe a wireless connection to my Telewest Cable box (is this even possible???!). I also want to be able to connect my xbox to a tv as well, as I sometimes just hop on the xbox for a quick 10 minute blast round KGB corner!

    (All this has to considered within the constraint that I will have already blown my £1000 av budget by at least 500 notes! The missus will need some sweet loving to get her on track with any further expenditure!!)

    FYI …….. I demo’d the following projectors……

    Themescene H57
    Panasonic AE700
    Sanyo Z2
    Sanyo Z3
    Sony HS50

    I used Amelie, Alien Resurrection, AI , 5th Element, Alan Partridge (for some 4:3 action), Blade Runner, Dark City, Halo2, Project Gotham 2 and Ghost Recon as my test discs.

    In reverse order ….

    In joint 3rd place were AE700 and H57
    In joint 2nd place were the Sanyo Z2 and Z3
    And that leaves the Sony in first place.

    All of them struggled with AI, some less so than others. The Sony coped the best with Alien Resurrection and all the games looked great on all the machines. If I’m honest and I hadn’t seen the Sony I would have bought the Z3, it looked very good. And on another day with different inputs the results could quite conceivably be reversed.
     
  2. MAW

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    OOh er, you could spend another £1500 on amp and connectivity here! You need 3 component inputs and probably concurrent 3 composite ones for the TV to do it cheaply, so go find an amp that has 3 components, and can have composite connected too without interference. Onkyo or Denon, methinks, and you are looking at £400+ Other alternatives are possible, but would be e nightmare to control and use, like a scart switch and a component switch, one for each display, and then you switch the audio on the amp. Don't think you'd save that much, and with the new amp would come much better sound too. Wireless video, to a projector, you're having a larf, mate! You could use a wireless network full bandwidth VGA sender, but one of those poxy £59.95 in argos jobs is not going to manage. You'll need a component video converter for cable, and route it via the amp. Any less, and all those demos will be pointless. Better to get a cheaper projector and connect it better than compromise your sources.
     
  3. Joe Fernand

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    Hello Dwayne Dibbley

    As far as I can see from the User Manual the 'limitation' inherent in your AV Receiver is the provision of Composite video only switching for your Video sources.

    With the correct cable kits your source kit is at least capable of S-Video if not RGB or YUV 'Component' video - what cable kits/options do you have for each source?

    DVD, X-Box, Digibox and SD100(Digicam?).

    I take it the Digibox is in another room and will mostly feed your TV!

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  4. digisocialist

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    Your amp doesn't need to send the picture to the PJ, if this is the crux of your problem. Take a component or digital signal directly from your source (DVD Player, Xbox etc) to the PJ...and push audio through your AV.
     
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    cheers guys for all the responses.....

    MAW
    that is NOT gonna ingratiate me with the missus!!!.... thanks for the info... I shall now do what I do best and procratinate for a while :)

    lol.... yes I do live in cloud wishful land!

    I assume this is gonna cost?! Sorry to be a numbskull, are you saying I need a VGA Sender and Video convertor to send the Cable TV signal to my amp?

    I know you're right, it's not logical but I've got my heart set on the Sony....


    Joe
    Yes, in the back of my mind I kinda knew that was the case, but was hoping for a minor miracle!

    The DVD player (which is the Toshiba SD100) has Scart and S-Video out (unfortunately, no component). For the Xbox I have a Scart with an optical 'spur', which goes into my Yamaha amp.

    Yes you're bang on the button, the Digibox is in the main living room and the projector is planned to be in another part of the house. Hence the talk of wireless senders etc. I don't intend to watch 'normal' tv (Corry, Big Brother etc), but just the occasional movie. (You know what it's like they'll be reshowing The Peacemaker, again, and I'll think I know I've seen it 3 times already and I have it on DVD but I must watch it cos it's on TV!!!! go figure!)


    Digisocialist
    Thanks pal.... yeh will probably be the way to go... I was hoping to fire everything through the amp and therefore have just the one input to the PJ, which will be on the other side of the room. Partly to limit the number of cables running round the room and partly for future proofing ie if I need to add further sources at a later time ....
     

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