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What home cinema would you buy for around £500 ??

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Hey! I've been looking at getting a Sonos PlayBar as I always have the two play 1's and they sound amazing but my deal just went freezing! Is this because people think its still too much or is it just… Read More
chrisredmayne Avatar
6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hey! I've been looking at getting a Sonos PlayBar as I always have the two play 1's and they sound amazing but my deal just went freezing! Is this because people think its still too much or is it just not that good? Does it not perform virtual surround sound well by its own or something? I don't think you would really need the sub as Sonos has brilliant bass even from the Play 1's...#

So if Sonos is a no no what would you get - I've just been using a 5.1 wired LG system previously but that is giving me a MIC IN MIC OUT error latesly and stopping the sound so I think it needs replaced. All the speakers for it still work, they are a bit cheap looking but I guess I could just get a new AV Receiver but quite fancy updating the system!

Thanks for your advice!
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I went along the same route listened to many soundbars but decided they were not for me. Went for an av receiver with good speakers. I made up a system from seperates at Richer Sounds, just under £500 all in, highly recommended.
Also easy to set up.
#2
A sub is required really regardless of the other speakers ability as without it the descrete LFE Chanel would not play. A separate AV amp and speaker package would be a good starting system but you may struggle for £500, maybe an older second hand system may be a better idea.
#3
there's loads of packages for under 500, they surely cant all be as bad as you suggest
#4
just ordered the Denon x2300 looks good but it was £400. Awaiting delivery so cant comment. My old Yamaha RXv567 is up for sale.
#5
Didn't say they're bad, if you divide £500 between 5 speakers, a powered sub and an AV amp it doesn't leave much for each item. At the end of the day it all depends on the size of room they'll go in and if you'll be listening close to reference level.
#6
Pay the lion share on a good sub as home cinemas get swapped every 4 years. You can get away with budget speakers when tied to a subwoofer.
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I still don't understand why people aren't liking sonos much on hukd but Google them and they get 5 star reviews everywhere!!! Tried the PlayBar out yesterday and I think it sounds great, think I'll just go for it
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chrisredmayne
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I still don't understand why people aren't liking sonos much on hukd but Google them and they get 5 star reviews everywhere!!! Tried the PlayBar out yesterday and I think it sounds great, think I'll just go for it
I have a couple of Sonos speakers in my house in the bedrooms (Play 1 and 3) and although they sound ok they don't sound anywhere near as good as my very modest speaker system in the living room.

They defiantly are not worth the money and they are a bit of a 'closed' system. No line in on the smaller speakers and no Airplay and fake surround sound with a Playbar (due to limited DTS support), not knocking them as I do own them and they do have their place just trying to be constructive.
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paulj48
chrisredmayne
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I still don't understand why people aren't liking sonos much on hukd but Google them and they get 5 star reviews everywhere!!! Tried the PlayBar out yesterday and I think it sounds great, think I'll just go for it
I have a couple of Sonos speakers in my house in the bedrooms (Play 1 and 3) and although they sound ok they don't sound anywhere near as good as my very modest speaker system in the living room.

They defiantly are not worth the money and they are a bit of a 'closed' system. No line in on the smaller speakers and no Airplay and fake surround sound with a Playbar (due to limited DTS support), not knocking them as I do own them and they do have their place just trying to be constructive.


honestly after a day using it I think it's excellent!


I dont think I would like it if I just had the play bar though, but with two play 1s at the back the experience is great. the present controls are stupid though, set to "ambient" mode with minimum surround sound on. after some tweaking music sounds brilliant, sounds like underworld born slippy have so much depth in it, honestly I can hear parts in that song I just couldn't hear before. bjork hunter also sounds great over all the speakers. just tried my first movie, from my PC connected by HDMI through the tv and then the tv optical out so I don't know if that would receive true Dolby but vocals were really clear through the PlayBar only and the back speakers isolated the music and noises really good. a real hate of my old 5.1 lg speakers was that voices came out of the back speakers too.

I don't think the PlayBar offers too much of a right left centre balance at the moment is the only downfall for me, coming from a set up that had three isolated speakers at the front though I guess this is to be expected.

it's in a weird spot as it does a great job, but with the play ones it's cost me 750 and I'm still missing a sub which I kinda would like ! so it's hard to recommend as for that price you could get something a bit more wide sounding. but if you compare it to a high end sound bar then then this one rates better for me as it has more options with the added speakers, I'd be really disappointed with juat any sound bar alone I think.

I know your saying about the lack of connections etc but it's just so easy to use to, switch the plug, open the app and then just play anything, no switching between 5 options, all your music in one place, turn the tv on and the sound switches to tv. it's the easy option and I think that's why it's so highly rated also. I mean I'm okay with big set ups and wires everywhere but my old set up my gf would never use it, she played music out of her laptop rather than messing on with Chromecast.

anyways, that sums it up for me so far!

Edited By: chrisredmayne on Oct 14, 2016 11:55: .

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