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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by martin davies, Jun 17, 2002.

  1. martin davies

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    hi,
    being new kid on the forum block, its great to read personal experiences within this hifi/home cinema minefield !!
    so the question i would like to throw out there is...
    im after an amp/rec & dvd player for homecinema etc etc for about £500. i take it the amp should be the better quality of the 2
    a few names/models ive heard mentioned are marantz 4200 or yamaha or sony .....so any views or any other possible solutions??

    cheers to all replies
     
  2. Jase

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    Hi

    Worth considering the Denon range as well, also the Harmon Kardon range of amps. As with all things, try and get a demo of the various amps/receivers and choose what you think sounds best, preferably try to demo them with your speakers or the speakers you´re thinking of buying.

    For dvd players you cant go far wrong with something like the Toshiba 210 combined with a Denon 1602 receiver.

    Cheers
     
  3. martin davies

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    cheers for the that,

    so that i can narrow my search down. ive heard one make specialises in one product
    ie : yamaha good amps, pioneer good dvd etc
    whats your views on this ??

    cheers
     
  4. Jase

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    Yamaha make good amps/receivers & dvd players but so do Pioneer, Sony, Marantz, Denon. Toshiba have a very good name for dvd players.

    It really comes down to personal taste of what the amp/receiver sounds like, Denon have a warmer more musical sound than the Yamahas, but some people prefer the more upfront sound of the Yamaha.

    Most of the amps/receivers have pretty much the same features, Dolby/DTS, Pro-Logic 2 etc
     
  5. Ian J

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    If you have a digibox you might want to try and find a DVD player with two scart sockets so that you can daisychain the digibox and DVD player and use RGB on both.

    That is assuming that you only have one RGB enabled scart socket on your TV.

    The Pioneer 545 is the obvious candidate
     
  6. mandlebrot

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    The Marantz are also very good with music so if you want an amp for music has well as movies give them a demo. I have the SR4200 and can say that by my experiance its better than the denon for music but please let your own ears be the judge and demo it with a selection of your fav movies/music.
     
  7. martin davies

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    thanks for you information, but excuse my ignorance , what is " RGB Mode or input "
    so if i want to connect my video and sky rec to the amp
    do i need this rgb on each of the boxes???

    cheers

    :confused: :confused:
     
  8. Jase

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    RGB is a video signal output from the dvd player,they also have S-Video and composite. RGB is the best quality followed by S-Video then composite (which is crap). You cant pass an RGB signal thru the amp/receiver. Most will pass S-Video & composite.

    Its easier to connect straight to the TV if you have a digibox and dvd that output RGB (most do). Videos only pass a composite signal or S-Video if its an SVHS model.
     
  9. martin davies

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    sorry jase,

    could you run that by me again!!

    i connect the dvd player and sky direct to the tv, via scart leads
    or the amp to the tv and dasy chain the sky and dvd off the amp ???

    apologies if im not grasping your info
     
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    Martin,
    Go to Sony.co.uk and pick any receiver / amplifier from their catelogue, click on Connectivity Info on the left hand side next to the picture of the amp / receiver.
    Select TV/VCR/SAT/DVD/AMP (either PDF or Word Document)

    This will show you how to connect everything...

    Good luck...

    Sienna
     
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    I haven't checked the site but if Sony have such a good connections manual, it makes you wonder why some of their items (Sony DAV for example ;) ) have such poor connection options.

    Anyway...

    There are different video signal qualities and there are different audio signal qualities.

    When purchasing items, it is best to make sure you buy items which can offer you the best quality for the money you are willing to spend and works well with you have already got.

    If you had a Toshiba television with component video inputs, you would be best buying a dvd player with component video outputs for example. Or, if the tv doesn't have a fixed level audio output or the audio output is poor from the tv (JVC models for example), you will need to connect all your items up directly to the amp and if you buy an amp with only 2 analogue inputs but have 3 analogue sources (tv, video and skydigital for example) you will have to leave one of the items off.
     

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