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If I buy a Blu-ray player will I need to upgrade other stuff?

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Brian E

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Posted November 29 2009 - 09:35 AM

Hi all,

It's probably been 4 or 5 years since I posted (most of my stuff is that old too).  I'm thinking about getting a Panny BD60, but wondered what else I'll need to upgrade if anything.

Here's my gear...
TV: LG42LH40 42" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-709S
Speakers: Front; B&W 602 S3's, Center; B&W LCR60 S3, Rear; B&W 600 S3's, Sub Cambridge Soundworks BassCube 15
(my old specs page (last updated around '05) has info on the receiver and speakers http://www.brianeber...ometheater.html)

I know my receiver won't give me the 'full potential' Blu-ray offers from sound, but will I be able to at least get similar quality to what I'm used to with DVD's without upgrading it right now?  If no what are some receiver's I should look at that will drive the B&W's well but not cost an arm and a leg (say $400 or less)?

Is the BD60 going to be OK for this or should I be looking at something with analog outputs?



#2 of 3 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted November 29 2009 - 10:31 AM

Your receiver is a bit old but you would still get regular DD and DTS thru a digital audio connection. You might even be able to get the largely un-known Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Hi-Res. And since it has 5.1 channel analog inputs you could get the Panasonic 80 and use it's analog outputs to get Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio but you wouldn't be able to use the receivers processing like bass/treble controls and bass management. The 80 would handle BM, though.

If you did want to upgrade the receiver the popular models in your price range are the Onkyo 507, Denon 1610 Yamaha 465, Pioneer 919, H/K 254 and maybe the 1600. A new receiver would offer a lot of new features. I'd consider the Onkyo 507 first. Maybe an H/K ?

Also, I'm sure you like your sub but it seems to me a 15" should be able to go lower than 28hz, shouldn't it? People around here really like their subs. I'm also sure the speakers are fine.

"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.


#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Brian E

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Posted November 29 2009 - 11:17 AM

Thanks Gene.  I thought I'd still get DD & DTS, but wanted to be sure.  That's really 'good enough' for me for right now until I can do a big time upgrade of some stuff.

As for the sub, I have no idea how low it should go.  I don't really like or dislike it, I got it used from a HTF member a long long time ago and it sounds good to me, but I don't know all that much.