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Old 24 November 2012, 14:20   #1
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LED TV Surround Sound advice needed

I'm on the cusp of bringing my family's entertainment up to date by buying a replacement TV/Blu-ray system.

I've already selected a suitable 'Smart' TV and possibly the DVD/Blu-ray player. What i would like advice about is about upgrading the in built sound system for a 5.1 surround system.

I have already got speakers hanging in the corners of our living room and only need an amplifier to connect between the speakers and the TV.

My question is to ask if anyone has experience of this set-up? If the amp can be bought separately and if I can buy an amp that can automatically switch on when the TV is being used and off when the TV is switched off with a volume that syncs with the TV's volume so that once it's set-up only one remote is needed.
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pm me or give me bell as do as job you can have any amp but would recomend hdmi switcher built in and all in one remote do go for all in one system there not very good adrian
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You'll be requiring an amp, woofers, tweeters and a bag on your head.
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Loved Not the 9 O'clock News. That was pretty funny!

Yes, I'm looking at a Samsung. Love the Picture and the features but crap sound.
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pm me or give me bell as do as job you can have any amp but would recomend hdmi switcher built in and all in one remote do go for all in one system there not very good adrian
I have an all in one remote, but hate continually having to switch inputs and having a separate one just for Volume is a step to far IMHO
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look at the logtect ones as thats what i have it switches all devices at the same time and lights if need, i use richer sounds quite alot as cheap, samsung 8000 very good maybee yam or onkyo as used both
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google logitech tablet, can ask what buget and do you want 5.1 or 7.1 or be flash 9.2 ?
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I'd be interested to see what comes up on this one .. Ive just always used seperate Yamaha amps and screens in two different rooms, preferring the abilities of the hardware , to having the convenience of one remote

edit .. havent seen that not the nine sketch .. funny and so true
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Easiest way to be sure of full integration is to make sure the amp, TV & DVD/BluRay are from the same manufacturer (& same generation models)- The only one that makes decent kit of all three items is Sony - The AV Amp being the difficult one of the three. Having said that, in theory the various HDMI standards (1.4 current with 2.0 on the horizon) should ensure some form of integration & the ability to use one remote to control everything for the most common functions. Some of the better AV Amp manufacturers offer compatibility with Panasonic's VieraLink and Sony's Bravia Sync - which should make for decent integration with kit of those brands. Just make sure that between the amp & the TV you have enough HDMI connections and make sure the HDMI standard is 1.4 to ensure audio return channel & Ethernet - this simplifies & minimises the spaghetti junction of cables by save not having to have audio interlinks between TV & amp and having separate ethernet feeds for all internet connected devices.

Also look out for AirPlay the Apple streaming protocol allowing integration with iTunes/iPod/iPhone etc - also some very nice universal remote app for the iPod/iPad

Don't be too swayed by some of the Smart TV applications - most are a waste of time - but BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV player etc are great.

Lastly think about an AppleTV - by far the easiest and neatest integration for music/photos/video from a computer (PC or MAC) but fairly limited to iTunes & its formats (which is fine!)

In this day and age do you really need a DVD/BluRay player or recorder - a twin tuner hard disc recorder is much more useful (some have DVD/BluRays build in)
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