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Old 25 November 2012, 10:59   #11
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i agree, if you can wire couple cat 5 /6 cables aswell, as wirless is not great
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Thinking of upgrading also.
I am looking at the sony bku-ray player and the sony 5.1 surround sound amp ( seperates)
http://www.richersounds.com/product/.../sony-strdh820


I have an old sony surround sound av amp and is good back in the day but the new on has hdmi in and out so less cables etc.
nice bit of kit
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I must say that I'm a little disappointing to have not found something suitable this weekend. My aging Toshiba CRT has spring contacts on the back so that I can wire in my speakers directly to the TV, still using the center speaker on the TV for monologue.

I don't see why I should spend 750 on a new TV and then spend hundreds 's buying fancy extras like sound bars and AV amps and have something that's not that convenient to use
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Because the sound on modern ultra thin LCD TV's is crap (there's no room for a decent couple of speakers in the casing!) and a good 5.1 or 7.1 is miles better than anything from an old CRT TV and if you are careful matching your components works seamlessly.

If you want a simple to use good sounding system pair an LG TV of your choice to a LG BB5521A 4.1ch Premium 3D Blu-ray Sound Bar - sound is very good and it is a doodle to set up & use & everything you need in one box + wireless sub.
Bought one of these for my sister a while ago when they were a bargain @ 399 (from Electro Centre) - bit more expensive now but miles cheaper here than anywhere else.
LG BB5521A 4.1ch Premium 3D Blu-ray Sound Bar

You don't even need to go for a smart TV as the soundbar has all the DNLA Smart TV features built in and is wireless out of the box - so minimum of wires - can get by with just one HDMI lead.
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It all depends on if you like the idea of everything in one unit. Personlay I dont as I am on my 2nd bluray player and my surround amp is 15 years old!
proving my amp is better than the video, numberous dvdplayers and my bluray player. I would be dam annoyed ifi had a all in one and it died. costs alot to replace the lot but with seperates if one dies its not too traumatic.
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Just do it right from the start and don't bother with putting sticky plasters over current marketing practices and technical failings.

For instance buy some second hand Meridian kit and even though its say 10 years old will sound far better than anything modern made these days. And if you pick the right stuff, it will do everything a modern piece of kit will do. But be warned, if you stray off the second hand trail, it gets very expensive. But even second hand, you ain't going to do it for a few hundred quid.
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And if you pick the right stuff, it will do everything a modern piece of kit will do.
Not quite - won't do all the modern integration and switching - but yes agree will sound far better! I still have an old Armstrong 626 tuner amp from the 70's - still going strong - looks fabulous and sounds great. Don't actually use it for Home cinema tho but was possible to derive a simulated rear channel by wiring a single speaker out of phase on the 2nd speaker circuit - quite effective.
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If you know which bits to choose, it will do the lot. OK, not quite, it wont do bitstream over hdmi, but lpcm is better sound quality anyway and thats available from any bd player so its only marketing hype. That said, even their old dd/dts bitstreams sounds better than most modern systems with latest bells and whistles.
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It all depends on if you like the idea of everything in one unit.
Yep - but if it's simplicity you want and - lack of cables and usability trauma - it's the answer.
And if the AV amp breaks - most of the rest of the kit is pretty useless without it.
But agree a well thought out separates system will give the best results at a price - not least of which is hiding all the cables. You pays your money and makes your choice.
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Well the cheapest option for me is to just buy an AV tuner/amp to plug everything in to. Yamaha1 or Yamaha2 is probably the best option for about 200 new or something second hand, just not too old as I want HDMI connectivity.
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