Village hall setup help

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  1. alarge

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    Hi

    I've tried to search for this but haven't really found anything out.

    Basically looking to setup the audio side of a home cinema system in a village hall for a film club. A guy used to take his sound system down but can no longer do this, so the commitee has asked for my help in purchasing sound system and bluray player.

    Projector and screen are already in place and have a £500 budget for everything else.

    Initial thoughts were to go with all in one, but then thought that maybe separates would get better sound and setup and because the room is 8m by 11m a 7.1 setup would work well. Also thought it may be nice to plug a laptop in via hdmi for meetings etc so perhaps the amp route would be better for this.

    I've gone with the following items...

    Speaker cable: 42 Strand Speaker Wire Figure of Eight Cable 100m Reel | eBay

    Bluray player: LG BP125 | Blu-ray Player | Richer Sounds

    Amp:
    Pioneer VSX-828

    Extra 2 satellite speakers for 7.1
    Pioneer Home Cinema HiFi Stylish Front/Rear/Surround Pair of 2 Speakers 360W | eBay

    5.1 speaker bundle
    Pioneer S-HS100 Black | 5.1 Speaker Package | Richer Sounds

    Have a missed something or creating monster. Any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks

    Andrew
     
  2. dj-dulux

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    With a budget of £500 I would invest in a 2.0 system, 2 semi pro PA speakers and an amp. Going 5.1 with a 500 budget is going to get you 5 speakers which are built to a 50 quid price point......

    Maybe something like 2 of these, powered by this.

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    £500 for a village Hall sound system maybe a little low, domestic systems may just not cut it

    What is the layout of the room ? How many people will attend.
     
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    I probably should have asked that...

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    I'm with dj-dulux - stereo would be the way to go. By all means use an AV receiver, but with reasonable PA speakers rather than rubbish 5.1 setup.

    We've had success with the EV ELX112 passive version recently - very pleasant sounding especially for the money, and plenty loud enough.

    Chris
     
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    I think we all agree that a low cost 5.1/7.1 system isn't appropriate for a village hall.

    Decent stereo amplifier and depending on the layout 2 or 4 good quality pro speakers is the way I would go.
     
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    I wouldn't necessarily say that an AVR is out of the question - at least it'll give an upgrade path to surround sound. Also, with the increased sensitivity of a PA speaker it is likely to be less stressed than in a good sized living room! (depending on the size of the hall)
     
  8. alarge

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    Interesting, never thought about the PA speaker route - do I take it that AVR is OK to power a PA speaker depending on correct ohm ratings etc?

    Little more info, room is 8m by 11m currently setup with screen a long the 11m wall. Floor to ceiling is about 3m so not very high.

    To be honest it's not that well attended probably no more than 20 max maybe less.

    Various movies are shown to both kids and adults so its not just one genre!

    Hope this helps - thanks for your replies!
     
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    AVR and 3.0 for starters - you can't really not have a centre channel for watching films can you? And then the upgrade path is obvious from there if need be.
     
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    You can if you're down-converting to stereo (or using stereo track on the disc)!
     
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    Use the stereo track, and i still would go power amp over avr, upgrade path would be:

    Start with 2 speakers and one power amp
    Add avr with pre puts and use avr to convert to 2.0 from dd track
    Add sub woofer and power amp
    Add another 3 speakers and power amps (or several smaller surrounds)

    Before you know it 5.1.....
     
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    Have you considered going secondhand to maximise value for money? :)
     
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    Is the sound system just for the film club - what is used for other events in the Hall?

    Permanent or portable speakers?

    Have you looked at grants - you may find you can increase your budget by a fair margin!

    Film Club licensing is the bigger pain I find - so expensive for small clubs!

    Joe
     
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    Yeah it's pretty much going to be used just for film club and permanent setup. Just used avr setup with home cinema speakers to watch we're the millers - didn't sound too bad - plenty of bass. Not the best film to use I guess but hey ho.

    The hall doesn't really get used that much unfortunately and even then it's never needed a PA system. They have a loudspeaker and mic for outdoor fete announcement stuff!

    They're looking at various grants, licence was the easy part!
     

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