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Yamaha Htib45 or Sony HTK25 ??

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Bascombe, Jun 1, 2003.

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  1. Bascombe

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    Hi, I am a home cinema newb looking for a reasonably priced solution under £300. While the Yamaha rxv430ds plus mission speakers (m72 I think) sounds good by all accounts, its a little beyond my reach price wise. Various posts on this forum have recommended the Yamaha htib45 (tho the speakers are by all accounts a little weak), while the Sony HTK 25 is by repute also a decent system (again, with some positive posts on this forum)- although, oddly, there seems a strange lack of 'official' reviews on the web and elsewhere of it (the HTK).

    Currently, I am playing dvds off a pc with a hollywood plus decoder card (and the image quality is fine for the mo-it has an output for digital audio, which is byall accounts pretty decent), and I am looking for a good starter home cinema set up - tho if it can manage the (very occasional) music cd, well and good. I know the yamaha kit is probably better for upgrading (tho the more expensive of the two), tho the HTK appears upgradable (speaker wise) to a degree also, and is cheaper.

    bascially, I'd like to know if anyone has had the opportunity to hear both - is one clearly better than the other, sound wise? I know decent separates are the ideal way to go, but for this kind of budget (and the closer to £200 it is the better), which offers the better solution?

    Any advice would be gratefully received.

    Cheers,

    Bascombe
     
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    I say Yammaha (not heard the sony) Just because you can keep an eye out for a good deal on speakers and get them when you can afford them.
    Buy the Sony and regret it 6 months later (possibly) Or buy the Yamaha and spend every spare penny upgrading(probably) SO over to you mate try and listen too both and decide withyour own ears!!!!
     
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    Cheers for the response. I finally found a review of the htk in a mag-thenew ish of what home entertainment, It sounds like an ok system. Does anyone have experience of upgrading the speakers for it?

    Cheers

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    Try the Yam with Mission m70s or m71is. I'm using it with m70s (only in two-channel mode at the moment, due to budget and room size) and the results are very impressive!

    RRPs for m71is are £130 a pair and £100 a pair for the m70s. The Cinema m70 kit features two pairs of m70s, a centre speaker and a sub (can't remember their model numbers at the moment). It's been well reviewed by What HiFi.

    For cabling, QED Original is a decent budget cable at £2.50 a metre.
     

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