Yet another "Help with my new system" thread

gbjk

Standard Member
My first post, so please don't flame me too quickly :)

A good portion of my dvds are region 1 (about 40% of them).
I currently have a fairly naff integrated home cinema system (sony) which is multi-region.
It's dvd reader is dying ... splutter ... see?

It's input channels have always been fairly crap, and I've never gotten what I wanted from it.

I want to replace it with a better separate system.
I'm not looking to go all out initially, and I'm keeping the budget fairly low.

The key input is a buffalo linktheater.
This has D4 and optical audio output, with video in component or s-video.

In addition I'll buy a new multi-region dvd player with HDMI and possibly optical output.
Eventually I'll get a blu-ray, but for now a replacement dvd player is fine.
( I was looking at the Pioneer DV400 since superfi is doing it for £99, but it has no optical audio out ).

I'd been looking at a Onkyo TX-SR505 for £219.
The speakers I'd originally been considering were KEF 2005s or maybe 3005s.

I read a few comments on here that suggested that the Onkyo 505 cannot handle audio input through hdmi.
I'd really prefer to have HDMI video pass through and audio parsing going on, so this put me off, especially since the dv400 has no optical out.

So now a few questions:
Does the 505 really not handle HDMI audio?

Are there alternatives to the 505 that would do so before the price range of the 605? (other threads here suggest not, and that I should be looking at the 605)

Perhaps there's a good source of a multi-region dvd player (*not* sony, codec issues have plagued me with their paramount releases recently ) that has optical output and I just live with the hdmi and separate optical?

I was told that I could get cheaper speakers if they weren't miniturized like the kefs, b&w MT's, etc. I was particularly pointed at the Indiana line speakers, but couldn't find resellers for prices.
What speakers should I be considering, for what kind of price.
I was hoping to keep the speakers around £400.
I'm happy to go second hand.

Thanks!

Gareth
 

Samurai303

Active Member
In addition I'll buy a new multi-region dvd player with HDMI and possibly optical output.
Eventually I'll get a blu-ray, but for now a replacement dvd player is fine.
( I was looking at the Pioneer DV400 since superfi is doing it for £99, but it has no optical audio out ).

Any particular reason you want optical out from the DVD? The Pioneer you mention has digital coax out which serves the same purpose if you are hooking it up to an amp.
 

xs2man

Active Member
I saw them speaker aswell, and was just about to buy them before noticing the lack of sub.

So I went for the slightly cheaper option first :

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2210

as it comes with a sub aswell, and the surround speakers are bigger, lol. It is perfect for my needs just now, and I will upgrade to the bigger floorstanding speakers at a later date.

Save yourself £150 just now, get the sub and better surrounds, and put that extra money towards the Onkyo 605 ;)

p.s. When I started looking, before i came to this site, my original budget for amp and speakers was £500. I have since spent that on the amp alone (705), and speakers on-top, lol.
 

gbjk

Standard Member
Any particular reason you want optical out from the DVD? The Pioneer you mention has digital coax out which serves the same purpose if you are hooking it up to an amp.

No reason - I didn't know that digital coax would be as good, or that both the dv400 has it and the 505 takes it in (though I'd have just assumed the later).

That might broaden my options again.
 

gbjk

Standard Member
I saw them speaker aswell, and was just about to buy them before noticing the lack of sub.

So I went for the slightly cheaper option first :

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2210

as it comes with a sub aswell, and the surround speakers are bigger, lol. It is perfect for my needs just now, and I will upgrade to the bigger floorstanding speakers at a later date.

Save yourself £150 just now, get the sub and better surrounds, and put that extra money towards the Onkyo 605 ;)

p.s. When I started looking, before i came to this site, my original budget for amp and speakers was £500. I have since spent that on the amp alone (705), and speakers on-top, lol.

I looked at those as well, but wasn't too taken by them.
Maybe I will be, though.

I fear exactly what you've described - escalation of aspirations.
You start off wanting something simple, and end up getting something much more expensive because it's so shiney.
I hope to avoid that and ... well ... continue mortgage payments :D
 

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