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Went to sevenoaks today to see what offers they had on the above amps - 15% off each!

So swiftly made my way to richer sounds who pricebeat by 10 quid! So get 15% + £10 off the RRP!

Cant wait to set it up!
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#1
good price for an awesome amp (esp at the price which is pretty inexpensive for a seperates av amp), unfortunately **** shop....they know f all about hifi/tv's in there just another box shifter like currys/comet.....i was looking at 40-42in tv's and thought about the pioneer kuro plasma as wasnt impressed at all with lcd's, but they didnt have any pioneer's - then they said the pioneer was rubbish and the sharp 42in lcd was better...at that point i laughed esp looking at the awful quality on standard def and blue ray, i then walked out
just bought the 605 and paid less but because i bought it with other stuff from sevenoaks (they know what theyre talking about..whether you totally agree with them is another matter, depends what you want a tv for), so got mine for about the same.....match this with kef3005's and a plasma kuro 42inch (or 50inch if you can stretch/justify the £1500 extra (almost!)) and you have an awesome cinema system...you wont go to another cinema again as it will seem so ****...and no plonkers to worry about chatting either
if you want a demo of the amp, call sevenoaks or other similar hifi/av store that has a dedicated av room that can be setup
#2
Been searching my self for weeks can't get any discounts on Onkyo, you must have been lucky and sevenoakes switched off. There website 'ticket' excludes Onkyo (and others) from the sale, extrck below. Bumer!!, mind you they do say "but please contact your local SEVENOAKS store to find out what we can do! "::thinking::thinking::thinking::thinking:

Brands Included:-
*
Arcam
*
Denon
*
Marantz
*
Pioneer
*
Primare
*
Rotel
*
Yamaha

Exclusions:-

*
Arcam (FMJ)
*
Cyrus
*
Onkyo
*
Roksan

* - Savings apply to all brands featured in our press advertising. Exclusions do apply (see above), but please contact your local SEVENOAKS store to find out what we can do! Other brands and product ranges may be excluded from the Sale - please ask in-store.

ps could not see smiles going on, now can't remove excess ones!
#3
Are Onkyo considered good these days ? I remember in the late 1990s they had a very poor reputation. Even the items they supplied to magazines for testing usually had faults.
#4
royals
good price for an awesome amp (esp at the price which is pretty inexpensive for a seperates av amp), unfortunately **** shop....they know f all about hifi/tv's in there just another box shifter like currys/comet.....i was looking at 40-42in tv's and thought about the pioneer kuro plasma as wasnt impressed at all with lcd's, but they didnt have any pioneer's - then they said the pioneer was rubbish and the sharp 42in lcd was better...at that point i laughed esp looking at the awful quality on standard def and blue ray, i then walked out
just bought the 605 and paid less but because i bought it with other stuff from sevenoaks (they know what theyre talking about..whether you totally agree with them is another matter, depends what you want a tv for), so got mine for about the same.....match this with kef3005's and a plasma kuro 42inch (or 50inch if you can stretch/justify the £1500 extra (almost!)) and you have an awesome cinema system...you wont go to another cinema again as it will seem so ****...and no plonkers to worry about chatting either
if you want a demo of the amp, call sevenoaks or other similar hifi/av store that has a dedicated av room that can be setup


Indeed - but dont get advice from them. Go to sevenoaks and get all the info you want then got to richer for the pricematch and warrentee :)
#5
Cometxt
Been searching my self for weeks can't get any discounts on Onkyo, you must have been lucky and sevenoakes switched off. There website 'ticket' excludes Onkyo (and others) from the sale, extrck below. Bumer!!, mind you they do say "but please contact your local SEVENOAKS store to find out what we can do! "::thinking::thinking::thinking::thinking:

Brands Included:-
*
Arcam
*
Denon
*
Marantz
*
Pioneer
*
Primare
*
Rotel
*
Yamaha

Exclusions:-

*
Arcam (FMJ)
*
Cyrus
*
Onkyo
*
Roksan

* - Savings apply to all brands featured in our press advertising. Exclusions do apply (see above), but please contact your local SEVENOAKS store to find out what we can do! Other brands and product ranges may be excluded from the Sale - please ask in-store.

ps could not see smiles going on, now can't remove excess ones!


Yeah - but hifibiz or something arew also doing it for £340 delivered so you will b e able to pricematch them :)
#6
Babbler
Yeah - but hifibiz or something arew also doing it for £340 delivered so you will b e able to pricematch them :)


Got a link for this? cheers
#7
Onkyo slam. I got the 374 and it sounds sweet :-)
#8
what do you have to do/ provide for richer sounds to price match ? do they phone the other store ?
#9
Cometxt;1399421
Been searching my self for weeks can't get any discounts on Onkyo, you must have been lucky and sevenoakes switched off. There website 'ticket' excludes Onkyo (and others) from the sale, extrck below. Bumer!!, mind you they do say "but please contact your local SEVENOAKS store to find out what we can do! "::thinking::thinking::thinking::thinking:

Brands Included:-
*
Arcam
*
Denon
*
Marantz
*
Pioneer
*
Primare
*
Rotel
*
Yamaha

Exclusions:-

*
Arcam (FMJ)
*
Cyrus
*
Onkyo
*
Roksan

* - Savings apply to all brands featured in our press advertising. Exclusions do apply (see above), but please contact your local SEVENOAKS store to find out what we can do! Other brands and product ranges may be excluded from the Sale - please ask in-store.

ps could not see smiles going on, now can't remove excess ones!

i got a discount as i bought alot of other items....sometimes the best way to get a discount is to buy alot of items
#10
bigman2;1399453
Are Onkyo considered good these days ? I remember in the late 1990s they had a very poor reputation. Even the items they supplied to magazines for testing usually had faults.


exactly what i though but the 605 won one of the av actegories and just about every other award going...sure, there are probably better amps but theyll cost 2/3/n times as much...see link to eisa (this is the european industry standards awards - i guess the european oscars for audio/video...tho no where near as glamorous)
http://www.eisa-awards.eu/2007/view/audio
#12
Babbler
Indeed - but dont get advice from them. Go to sevenoaks and get all the info you want then got to richer for the pricematch and warrentee :)


The only problem with that advice is that if everyone follows it, soon there will be no good shops where to get info and demo items before buying and we will be left only with the crappiest internet retailers with bad service but low price and large box shifters like Currys or Richersound. The good retailers with service will have been priced out.

So I say: go to Sevenoaks, get all the info you need and if you think that the info, sevice and demo time they gave you is worth £10, buy from them. If you don't think it's worth it, then by all mean, go elsewhere or tell them you can get it £10 cheaper elsewhere so they have a chance to match.

By they way: good price for a good AV amp.
#13
Babbler
Yeah - but hifibiz or something arew also doing it for £340 delivered so you will b e able to pricematch them :)


Just looked at HiFiBitz site in anticipation , still £399.
1 Like #14
yant;1399837
The only problem with that advice is that if everyone follows it, soon there will be no good shops where to get info and demo items before buying and we will be left only with the crappiest internet retailers with bad service but low price and large box shifters like Currys or Richersound. The good retailers with service will have been priced out.

So I say: go to Sevenoaks, get all the info you need and if you think that the info, sevice and demo time they gave you is worth £10, buy from them. If you don't think it's worth it, then by all mean, go elsewhere or tell them you can get it £10 cheaper elsewhere so they have a chance to match.

By they way: good price for a good AV amp.

TOTALLY AGREE - but it doesnt have to be just sevenoaks there are plenty of smaller indepedents too that are just as good

i paid a little extra above the internet prices for the help sevenoaks gave me...the only thing i gave richer sounds was my views on their **** knowledge....one guy was saying that the sharp lcd 42inc picture is good and i said well there is alot of backlight bleed on it, then i said that phillips lcd's whilst being pretty good dont even come close and theyre unreliable, like most lcd's to plasmas, blacks are greys on lcds and look awful, whites are terrible too, motion is terrible, though motionflow has improved things a little but still looks **** cmpared to a plasma.....i was going to buy a plasma sometime ago but fell into the marketing trap of 1080p and lcd is best, then i saw LCD's in standard defintion and particularly football.....anyone who says an LCD is better than a decent CRT needs their head examined....
obviously the people comparing the dross theyve just bought against the drooss CRT they bought from their local supermarket....i have a 9 year old 32inch 100hz quintex CRT,
the first 100hz tv in fact and it is MILES better on standrad def than any LCD (and ive seen loads), only the latest plasma's, esp the Pioneer Kuro's (which i have just bought) are IMO better. After a lot of wasted time talking to numpties in box-shift land who couldnt demo these expensive items because they dont have a dediacted room, i then found sevenoaks...it took me 40 mins to part with several 000's and they even matched or came very close to the lowest internet prices the 42 Kuro 428XD not the lower spec 4280XD) cost me under 1500 for example
the only possible disadvnatge of plasmas is the picture burn which is much rarer now and LCDs may benefit from higer resolution for gaming.....but dont be fooled by pixels, its the quality of the components that is important.......
another thing, who makes the panels/screens for your lcd...well, sony dont make their panels, smasung make them for sony....and samsung also oustource their panel making to chinese/korean panel makers....but then there's more to a tv than just the panel
if i had to buy an lcd then the only ones id buy are from panasonic (only those with motionflow for sports) or loewe (pricey!), i was not impressed with any LCD from Sharp, phillips, sony, samsung (and i viewed almost all from these manufacturer 32-42in) and stunned at the abysmal pciture quality of LG's (on blu ray too)
incidentally the pansonic plasma, whilst beign nowhere near as good as the pioneer, was £1099 in sevenoaks (pioneer was £1799) and i could completely understand someone going for the panny for that reason......but people who go into these shops forget to barter....i saved 40%off rrp (through sales and offers) and then another 10% by bartering

anyway sevenoaks are charging 359 for the 605 av amp, i am sure if you ask they will match this price. If you ask they may even demo it for you......these places may have nig price tags for some of the stuff buy dont be intimidated
#15
Hmmm... sorry folks - not sure which store it was then but the Southampton sevenoaks were definately doing it for 340 and therefore Richer Sounds matching it (they even said they knew other stores were doing it for 340 for a week so they may say when you go in anyway...)

Worth a punt - worked for me!
suspended#16
nice deal, only problem with the 605 is that it doesnt do 1 of the new HD audio codecs, dolby digital plus 5.1 i think, might be 1 of the others. the 705 does this missing HD audio codec but costs £200 more which obviously isnt worth it.

Think i'll wait for the 705 to come down to £350 ish. as audio codecs arent really going to be changing for a few years now all these ones are now standardised.
#17
It does DD+ and TrueHD, as well as DTS-HD Highres and DTS-HD Master. THose are all the formats you're going to see on HDDVD/Bluray - the only HD format it's missing is WMV, and that's pretty pointless (since it's only going to come from a computer you can translate it there).
#18
:shock: Ordered one of these from Hifi Confidential last Thursday for £390. They haven't dispatched it yet, so hopefully I can cancel without any hassle.
suspended#19
my mistake, 1 of the websites selling the 605 and 705 didnt write down all the hd codecs, dummies!:P

cant find many things missing, only really: THX™ Select2™ Certified (with THX Processing), but that isnt used much at all.

this 1 sure looks tasty, not the price tho hehe: http://www.eu.onkyo.com/products/product_en_5748504.html
#20
Babbler;1399471
Indeed - but dont get advice from them. Go to sevenoaks and get all the info you want then got to richer for the pricematch and warrentee :)

er no buy from sevenoaks - they will price match richer sounds
#21
one thing with these amps they are quite time consuming to setup properly and it maybe worth getting it installed by a pro - my bro set his up but it took a couple of hours or so.....cause ideally you need to setup some micorphones in the room to obtain the perfect setup

oh and the amp weighs a ton
#22
I setup one of these for a friend just a heads up they only have 2 optical inputs, so if you have sky+, a dvd player and say an xbox 360 you can't connect them all using optical.

He had a topfield pvr (optical)
Xbox 360 (optical)
Xbox (optical)
DVD Recorder (optical)

So we had to use normal phono leads and so no 5.1, for an amp of this spec its pretty poor to have 2 optical inputs with 3 component input and countless svid and composite inputs. the entire range is the same, It does have 2 coaxial digital inputs but if you have devices with no coaxial thats no help, same as it wasn't for him.

Anyway just a heads up
#23
Well you're certainly not short of opinions Royals :)
You may well be right.
I take it you have experience of both lcd and plasma .
#24
PaulPoole
Well you're certainly not short of opinions Royals :)
You may well be right.
I take it you have experience of both lcd and plasma .


aha, he is also quite a pioneer fan::-D
#25
Richer Sounds are a little stupid. The website says that the Onkyo brand is excluded from the 15% deals.
#26
well, taking all the above advice into account, i'd like to offer my two cents.
I live in Sevenoaks. the shop is called sevenoaks. how mental!
#27
Thanks very much for this find!

I was in Lincoln yesterday and saw the Onkyo 605 for £370 in Superfi, and was going back on Thursday to hear a sound test and probably purchase it. I'm going to Sheffield tomorrow to get it now at £340 hopefully. Need to pick up a good 5.1 speaker set as well, hopefully they have the Jamo A 102, or Kef 1005 on offer. The Kefs have been reduced to £200 at Richer Sounds, but I'm in two minds over them and Jamo's.
#28
The Driller
I setup one of these for a friend just a heads up they only have 2 optical inputs, so if you have sky+, a dvd player and say an xbox 360 you can't connect them all using optical.

He had a topfield pvr (optical)
Xbox 360 (optical)
Xbox (optical)
DVD Recorder (optical)

So we had to use normal phono leads and so no 5.1, for an amp of this spec its pretty poor to have 2 optical inputs with 3 component input and countless svid and composite inputs. the entire range is the same, It does have 2 coaxial digital inputs but if you have devices with no coaxial thats no help, same as it wasn't for him.

Anyway just a heads up


Why didn't you connect the Topfield & the 360 via component?
I've got an 875 and mine are hooked up like this - 5.1 on both.
#30
According to AVForums HiFix have a 15% off sale at the moment and this is included but you have to call to get it.

As for sevenoaks - I though it was excluded. But they didnt seem to as it was clear and I asked if it was included. They said yes.

I would have bought from Sevenoaks but didnt think they would price match the warrentee/extra 10 quid off and when I was stretching a bit too far as is to get it I made a quick choice. :whistling:

I really hope people can get this. I have the proof that I did and richer said 2 people before me did exactly the same. So stock may be low... Sevenoaks told me the offer was on for the rest of the month. Phone the Southampton store to ask :)

THe only non-future proof thing I heard was that it doesnt change the 5.1 sound to 7.1 on 5.1 tracks (dolby prox 2 or something). Not much use if I dont have 7.1 setup anyway.


Good luck... im setting mine up tomorrow as no time today.
#31
The Driller
I setup one of these for a friend just a heads up they only have 2 optical inputs, so if you have sky+, a dvd player and say an xbox 360 you can't connect them all using optical.

He had a topfield pvr (optical)
Xbox 360 (optical)
Xbox (optical)
DVD Recorder (optical)

So we had to use normal phono leads and so no 5.1, for an amp of this spec its pretty poor to have 2 optical inputs with 3 component input and countless svid and composite inputs. the entire range is the same, It does have 2 coaxial digital inputs but if you have devices with no coaxial thats no help, same as it wasn't for him.

Anyway just a heads up

It depends on your setup. If you have some HDMI kit, it will accept audio over it. I'll be using it with a Virgin V+ and a Toshiba HD DVD player, which both support this.
It's fairly easy to add something like a Joytech 245C, which switches Component and TOSlink.
suspended#32
Babbler;1401122
According to AVForums HiFix have a 15% off sale at the moment and this is included but you have to call to get it.


someone phone hifix up, would be £340! richersounds should hopefully beat that by £10.
#33
PaulPoole;1400665
Well you're certainly not short of opinions Royals :)
You may well be right.
I take it you have experience of both lcd and plasma .

im no expert...just my hearing and eyesight dont lie and arent failing me yet....i will buy an lcd too though, for the games consoles purely for the high resolution...whilst ive been assured that image burn on plasmas (more so caused by excessive playing of games consoles) is a thing of the past i dont want to risk it...but image burn is a slight risk to CRT and LCDs too
#34
Why does everyone keep mentioning Sevenoaks matching Richer Sound's warranty? They both offer a 1-year warranty.
#35
Cheers Royals .

I , like you, went and looked at dozens of screens.
(mostly lcd, couldn't afford plasma) .
I ended up with a JVC 32" largely because the sound and picture seemed
good. Had it about 18months. Still love it.
At the end of the day it has to be a compromise, usually because of money.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Cheers.
Paul.
#36
hajj_3
someone phone hifix up, would be £340! richersounds should hopefully beat that by £10.

I believe HiFix are out of stock now, but are expecting some in next week.
#37


If you want to use this amps big selling point, i.e the decoding of HD audio formats then the answer to that is yes. Only HDMI 1.3 allows the passing of HD audio from player to amp in bitstream format in order to allow the amp to decode. The rest of it, i.e deep colour is purely future proofing, if you into that kind of thing. That articles views on which is better decoding the audio, the player or the amp is very subjective and IMO just plain wrong. I mean come on which is going to have the better audio decoders a £180 player or a dedicated £400 amp? Seems to me an article written around proving a point it wants to prove rather than anything aubjective.

Also deep colour, the TV's are now out there, the Toahiba z series, the players are now out there, Toahiba EP35, and the amps are out there, Onkyo's all we need now are the discs. To say they dont exist yet is true, by as I said why not future prook yourself, they will come.

If your into HD DVD or Bluray then this amp is currently the best out there for this budget.

Nickygoat
Why didn't you connect the Topfield & the 360 via component?
I've got an 875 and mine are hooked up like this - 5.1 on both.


Strange comment.

Even if you do connect via component (video only) , you still need an audio connection and optical may be the only option from the those devices to get 5.1, I know it is from the 360 and sky. If you have connected your 360 using the component leads only (i.e red, green, blue, white and red), and not using the optical option then your not getting 5.1.

You only get 5.1 from optical or coaxial using those devices, his point being the amp only has two optical ins and he has threee devices with optical outs.

You can however get a cheap optical to coaxial convertor, around a tenner to convert one of the coaxial ins to optical.
#38
Broadsword

Strange comment.

Even if you do connect via component (video only) , you still need an audio connection and optical may be the only option from the those devices to get 5.1, I know it is from the 360 and sky. If you have connected your 360 using the component leads only (i.e red, green, blue, white and red), and not using the optical option then your not getting 5.1.

You only get 5.1 from optical or coaxial using those devices, his point being the amp only has two optical ins and he has threee devices with optical outs.

You can however get a cheap optical to coaxial convertor, around a tenner to convert one of the coaxial ins to optical.


Why is that a strange comment? My 360 is hooked up with component, and the audio goes from the same cable - the one included in the box. Goes into the relevant socket. I know optical is better but if you're limited on sockets....

The amp does the work not the 360...

It was more aimed at the fact he had the Toppy connected via optical. Most people don't realise the Toppy will do component out - you just need a scart to component adaptor. And the relevant phono cables ;-) Freeview isnt 5.1 anyway so it seems a waste of an optical cable.

Again the amp will do the work, although it will be pseudo 5.1 as the source isn't 5.1

Note that I have the Onkyo 875, not this one, but as the original quote said - they're all the same in the range.
#39
Nickygoat
Why didn't you connect the Topfield & the 360 via component?
I've got an 875 and mine are hooked up like this - 5.1 on both.


component is a video source and has nothing to do with optical input, as I said, he had 4 devices that needed optical audio connections and there are only 2 inputs
#40
Nickygoat
Why didn't you connect the Topfield & the 360 via component?
I've got an 875 and mine are hooked up like this - 5.1 on both.


Nickygoat
Why is that a strange comment? My 360 is hooked up with component, and the audio goes from the same cable - the one included in the box. Goes into the relevant socket. I know optical is better but if you're limited on sockets....


It was more aimed at the fact he had the Toppy connected via optical. Most people don't realise the Toppy will do component out - you just need a scart to component adaptor. And the relevant phono cables ;-) Freeview isnt 5.1 anyway so it seems a waste of an optical cable.

Again the amp will do the work, although it will be pseudo 5.1 as the source isn't 5.1

Note that I have the Onkyo 875, not this one, but as the original quote said - they're all the same in the range.


So its not Dolby Digital 5.1 at all its Prologic 2

"He had the topfield connected via optical Most people don't realise the Toppy will do component out " this has what to do with the subject of optical inputs?

And there isnt 5.1 on freeview yes but there is digital audio of better quality than analogue.

Say what you want but its as simple as this, This range of amps is seriously lacking optical inputs, And I find it amazing that you spend £1000 on a 875 and dont even connect a 360 via optical and just use analogue phonos, I can only imagine its not out of choice and for the reasons I posted that it doesnt have enough optical inputs

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