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What to get for £500-£600

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by bowenjones, Mar 16, 2003.

  1. bowenjones

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    My mate wants to spend this much on a surround
    system but, being a technophobe, he wants something
    thats easy to set-up and use.
    Now, his room is small ( about 10 feet x 10 feet ) with the
    tv placed centrally in the bay window which is 3 feet deep.
    What I want to know, is he going to get his money's worth
    having such a small room?
    He's happy with his dvd player which has coax out only so
    he's not looking for an all-in-one system, just an amp. and
    speakers.
    Any views or comments would be appreciated.
     
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    Hi

    First of all with a budget of 500 to 600 pounds your mate has got quite a choice of amps and speakers.

    As regards to room size, I cannot comment fully but my setup is in a fairly small room and I find its not a problem.

    Maybe one of the yamaha home cinema in a box would be good.
    These include a amp and speakers.
    http://www.yamaha-audio.co.uk/homecinema/htib/htib-45/index.php

    Or if you have a look at richer sounds or qed-uk.com you will find that there are lots speaker packages and amps well in your mates budget.

    One other option is to get some thing like a Videologic digitheater DTS:
    http://www.videologic.co.uk/Products/Product.asp?Product=VL-60483

    or a Acoustic Energy Aego P5 av package:
    http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/products/aego/aegoloudspeakers.html

    These offer a small compact speakers and should be fairly easy to setup.


    Hope this helps

    Jimmysil
     
  3. bowenjones

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    This is what I've got at the moment ( untill I have my house renovated and my dedicated home cinema built ) and it was
    listening to films and music through my system that has
    persuaded him to delve into the HC market.
    Do you think he will notice that much of a difference if he
    was to spend the extra £300 on a different system to mine
    bearing in mind that the sole purpose would be to watch
    films as he's not into music much?
    To be honest, I've not listened to anything in that price
    range my self as the system I'll be getting next will be
    costing me a considerable ammount more!
    BTW, although he liked the sound on on my system, he
    wasn't fussed on the looks so I don't think he will get the
    same one as me.
     
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    I would reconmed for this budget Marrantz SR4200/4300 (RS) £200ish Mission M72 (Hyperfi) £200ish package and a Velo VX10 from uncle eric(powerbuys)£199 he'll need to add some more for cables etc or could leave the sub till later on!
    What else has he got or is it JUST TV and DVD
    By this i mean (SKY, cable, VCR, Consoles etc etc etc) as DPL2 adds awhole ne dimension to TV and VHS as well as gaming (XBOX/PS2 support DD DTS on some games. and will it be used for music as the above will blow away most £400 min/midi sytems especially if you add a mid range CD player.

    Just seen Marantz SR4200 £149!!!!! at hyperfi and 5200 £199!!! If they have any stock tou are laughing
    They are in Barking Essex prices taken from March 2003 What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision
     
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    Since it's a rather small room I'd opt for the Acoustic Energy Aego P5 package, or alternatively just opt for the Aego 5 and buy a separate A/V receiver with 6 Channel Pre-Outs (such as the Marantz SR4200 - if you can find it), as the decoder with the P5 package doesn't support Pro Logic II (which is worth having).

    I had (infact still have - in a spare room) a videologic digitheatre DTS system - which I bought for £147 from Comet. The sound was truly fabulous, but the build quality made it that the centre speaker used to resonnate every time the volume was turned up - even at modest settings this was apparent. Plus there was a fairly significant input hum. I imagine the revised Pure Digital Digitheatre DTS would largely combat these problems - but still no Pro Logic II support. And either way it can't touch the performance of the Acoustic Energy Aego 5 set-up.

    As for hyperfi, don't take any of their advertised prices too seriously, they rarely have anything in stock, and there's absolutely no chance that they'll have the SR4200 or 5200 in stock.
     
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    If your in essex you have a chance, PRC are advertising sr4200 at £195 and richer sounds will price beat it if they have one in stock where in wales are you anyway bowenjones??? Or your mate? I'm in cardiff so could assist you in finding a shop.
    PS for a cheaper/smaller/simpler set up look at Yamaha HTIB 45 £319 from Hi spek but can be found for £300 if you look hard enough. I would seriously try and go for Marantz SR4200 Mission M72 package availbe at RS £249 if hyperfi are a waste of time and get some nice stands for the fronts and the see if the room needs or will take more Bass and add a sub later.
    I think if you go for tis by the tim eyou have cabled it all up and bought stands etc you wont be far from budget!!! thats without even thinking of a sub. Also I think that 15-20% of the budget for an aV setup shpould go on cables, 10% is fine for Hi-fi but falls short for AV. Dont forget a good scart for the TV-DVD connection and any other gear already used.
     
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    I was looking at the Aego P5 and it looks a nice package.
    There's no price on the link that Jimmysil gave.
    How much is it?
    This looks ideal for my mate as it's easy to set-up and use.
    He only has a dvd player and a video (which he rarely uses)
    so he wouldn't miss pro-logic II.
    In reply to your post hornydragon, we both live in the Swansea area. I don't think he'll be happy with seperates. As I said earlier, he's not into tech.stuff at all so an all-in-one amp/speaker package that is easy to use will do him.
    Dimmy, how did you get the digitheatre dts for £147???
    What a bargain! Richer sounds is still quoting £299!!!
     
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    I think the Aego 5 package is around 500 pounds.
    I have to double check

    Regards

    Jimmysil
     
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    Is it really only 125W total output inc. sub ?
    That's 85 watts less than the digitheatre dts.
    Does it sound better though?
     
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