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Old 24-02-2010, 21:44   #1
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After a new home cinema system

I have a rather old Toshiba home cinema system that I think needs replacing.

My budget is £200-£300.
It must upscale, and have an optical; and coaxial input for Blu ray and Sky HD+. The input features seem few and far between now (my Tosh has them).

Any suggestions?
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Old 25-02-2010, 09:44   #2
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Are you talking an av receiver or an all in one?
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all in one.

AV Recs are just too damn big for the space I have.
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If you're going to be hooking up a blu ray player, why do you need an all-in-one with DVD (since it's able to play both)? Given a limited budget, it would probably be better to look at a compact av receiver plus surround speaker package surely. Something like the Philips HTR-5224 (pdf file) for example. As well as a digital coax and optical input, there are also two hdmi inputs; these accept multi-channel LPCM audio which all blu ray players do as well. So don't necessarily require a separate digital audio connection. You get access to the hd audio soundtrack on blu ray disks provided it's decoded by the player (which optical or coaxial digital doesn't support since they don't have the necessary bandwidth).

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If you're going to be hooking up a blu ray player, why do you need an all-in-one with DVD (since it's able to play both)? Given a limited budget, it would probably be better to look at a compact av receiver plus surround speaker package surely. Something like the Philips HTR-5224 (pdf file) for example. As well as a digital coax and optical input, there are also two hdmi inputs; these accept multi-channel LPCM audio which all blu ray players do as well. So don't necessarily require a separate digital audio connection. You get access to the hd audio soundtrack on blu ray disks provided it's decoded by the player (which optical or coaxial digital doesn't support since they don't have the necessary bandwidth).

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Cheers for the info.
I wanted something compact. That could be perfect. I'll chase that one up. Cheers!!
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I am in the market for a new system as well and that Phillips kit does look good - and is in my price range

However 7.1 may be a bit overkill for both (a) my current setup [ only have DVD, TV and Wii so wouldn't 5.1 be ample ? ] and (b) my room layout [ the 'extra' 2 speakers would both have to placed in front of doors lol ]

So, does anyone know if there is a 5.1 version of this system ?
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I am in the market for a new system as well and that Phillips kit does look good - and is in my price range

However 7.1 may be a bit overkill for both (a) my current setup [ only have DVD, TV and Wii so wouldn't 5.1 be ample ? ] and (b) my room layout [ the 'extra' 2 speakers would both have to placed in front of doors lol ]

So, does anyone know if there is a 5.1 version of this system ?
I've done a wee bit of investigation about that very thing as I can't locate the extra speakers evenly either.

Unfortunately, I've not seen any high street stores sell them on their websites, and I've visited a local Currys and Comet and thay don't have them (shocker eh!). So I've yet to see the set up and speak to a salesperson about them.

From what I've gleaned on line, there is a facilitry to select 5.1 or 7.1 on the unit, so I'm guessing that as long as you select a 5.1 soundtrack you'll be ok and just don't attach the extra speakers to begin with.

I may be wrong though.
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You should be able to run as a 5.1 system - it may generate an error when you come to manually set the individual speaker levels via test tones. But it should still work.

Otherwise, if you can increase your budget a tiny bit there is also the Sony HTSS100. It's also pretty compact and is a bit easier to set up than the Philips since it has a microphone based calibration for automating the speaker levels (- you can of course tweak it manually as well).

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They had a feature on a few of these on the Gadget show last night (it may well of even been last weeks I saw a repeat of )

Compared a Samsung; Sony; Panasonic

Edit: These were all Bluray players

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