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#1 of 9 diseasedmind

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Posted May 06 2008 - 08:38 AM

Hi guys, a bit of advicePosted Image

We have just bought a very nice 32 inch samsung TV and a PS3 to go with it (We already have Sky +)
the sound on the TV is average at best so we're thinking of getting a home cinema setup, but all the ones i see (in currys, comet ect) come with DVD players, and we dont need that, having a ps3 that covers dvd and blu-ray needs.

do you need to have a dvd player with these?

Another question is: We have SKy, TV and PS3, all have optical outs and the PS3 has an HDMI (which is currently going straight into the TV) would a unit be able to connect all these up?

thanks alot,

#2 of 9 Al.Anderson

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Posted May 07 2008 - 02:16 AM

Instead of a Home Theater in a Box (an all-in-one set), just purchase a receiver and speakers. If you list your price range you may get some suggestions. But I'll throw out that Onkyo makes very good and reasonably priced receivers. For speakers you could start with Polk, Harman/Kardon, or Klipsch.

As for the connections, almost any receiver would be able to handle your needs.

#3 of 9 diseasedmind

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Posted May 07 2008 - 03:49 AM

I'd say about £200? i know its not alot, but it should cover for a 1st time thing.

could you give me some reccomendations? and sites to purchase them from?

thanks alot,

#4 of 9 Al.Anderson

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Posted May 07 2008 - 01:42 PM

I'm not really aware of what's available outside the US; and £200/$400 is going to make it a little challenging - but here's a combo with just the receiver & speakers that is darn close to your range and looks pretty decent. If nothing else it'll give you a good set point.

Amazon.com: Onkyo HT-SR800 7.1 Home Theater Entertainment System (Black): Electronics

The problem with any combo is that you can't pick speakers to your taste. But Onkyo has good products and you won't get anything you'll hate.

How large is your room by the way?

#5 of 9 andrew markworthy

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Posted May 09 2008 - 09:08 AM

The one place I can find that has what you're looking for is Richer Sounds: Richer Sounds - The UK's Hi-Fi, Home Cinema & Flat Panel Tv Specialists!

You can pick up a Sony or Yamaha (I'd personally advise the Yamaha) amp for around a hundred quid and a set of Yamaha NSP110 speakers for around £80. BUT: by the looks of it, you'll have to drive to the nearest store to pick up the amp; I don't think they are doing them by mail order (but it will do you no harm to pick up the phone and ask - I've always found Richer Sounds to be very friendly; and no, I don't have shares in the company).

The sound you get from this system should be pretty good.

Be warned that home cinema amps tend to be quite large and can run quite hot - you will need decent ventilation around and above them.

You will also need speaker wire (get the cheapest that's necessary for the job - trust me, there's zilch difference). You will also need 2 optical interconnect cables (if not already supplied) to link to the amp. Richer Sounds has basic cables etc, or you could try ebay if you have an account.

The two amps I've mentioned have two optical inputs (but check the specs of each amp carefully - some in this price range only have one). That means you could connect the Sky and the PS3 to the amp. This would leave your TV unconnected, but do you really need it? Bear in mind that if you are watching a Sky programme, the sound is being fed through to the amp anyway - you don't need the TV linked up as well.

Plus, a little tip - I'd have a sound connection to the TV from Sky as well. It's a bit of a pain to switch on the amp just to listen to the news or the shopping channel and late at night, the sound from an amp can be a bit annoying if the rest of the household has gone to bed. Just remember to turn the sound down on the TV when you start watching through the amp, or you'll get a weird echo.

Two other things:

(1) as soon as you can, get hold of speaker stands (Argos sell some perfectly okay ones for about 20 quid) for the speakers if otherwise they're sitting on the floor, stuffed behind the sofa, etc. You'll find this improves the sound a great deal.

(2) you should ideally get something like Digital Video Essentials' (a DVD) that gives you various visual and sound 'tests' to help calibrate your system properly. I know it sounds very geeky, but I promise you, it's ten pounds well spent.

You then have a separate set of speakers, amp and DVD player. Now if in the future you want to upgrade or replace anything, each part of the system can be treated separately - this makes things rather cheaper in the long run.

One other thing - probably you already know this, but some home theatre amps are 'receivers' others are plain 'amps'. The only difference is that the receivers have an inbuilt radio (typically just FM, not DAB) - get yourself a suitable aerial and you have a decent radio as well (though it's a bit redundant given that Sky offers so many radio channels and in digital quality sound).

Hope this helps and don't hesitate to ask more questions!

#6 of 9 jonesy2012

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Posted September 11 2012 - 04:05 AM

Hi Guys, looking for some help myself - basically the speakers on my home cinema system got ruined after a party at my flat, as you can imagine i wasn't best pleased with this at all as these things are not cheap! to cut my story short, they guy who broke them is paying for new ones but i need to find them first! haha not really too sure where to look to be honest! so far i have seen these home home cinema speakers and they look ok but i'm not sure? has anyone bought form them before? pleasee helppp :) cheers :cool:

#7 of 9 poinvicoo

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Posted September 26 2012 - 06:59 PM

I hadn't to try it.

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Posted October 17 2012 - 04:01 AM

Hey jonesy, i have checked out that site before, its not bad to be honest - i am not sure if your are fixed up now or not? but depending on your budget you could try these guys if you're looking for home cinema installation in London they replace broken equipment and are usually quite good. hope that helps

#9 of 9 salma

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Posted October 17 2012 - 04:04 AM

Hi Guys, looking for some help myself - basically the speakers on my home cinema system got ruined after a party at my flat, as you can imagine i wasn't best pleased with this at all as these things are not cheap! to cut my story short, they guy who broke them is paying for new ones but i need to find them first! haha not really too sure where to look to be honest! so far i have seen these home home cinema speakers and they look ok but i'm not sure? has anyone bought form them before? pleasee helppp :) cheers :cool:

i am not sure of you're budget or full requirements or even where you are based but if you are down south i have always found these guys decent for home cinema installation in london i hope this has helped. maybe also more info on your budgets would be helpful




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