SAMSUNG HT-Z320R/XEU 5.1Ch Home Cinema System £149.99 @ Dixons + Quidco - HotUKDeals
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1000 Watts! Optical Input! Not bad price. Cheapest decent brand set I could find with optical input (needed to connect to PS3)

Model below z220 850 watts same price at comet.

The black Samsung HT-Z320R/XEU 5.1Ch Home Cinema System is a surprisingly affordable way to upgrade your home entertainment experience to 5.1-channel surround sound.

With an impressive total power output of 1000 watts, you'll be blown away by the authority with which the Samsung HT-Z320-R/XEU reproduces the soundtrack. Whether you're watching an action movie, listening to an orchestra, or watching the big match, this home theatre system will redefine your enjoyment!

In addition to a highly capable DVD player with Full HD 1080p upscaling over HDMI, the Samsung HT-Z320R/XEU 5.1Ch Home Cinema System has several other useful features including USB drive support (with CD audio ripping), and automatic speaker configuration to match your room's acoustics. It's great value from a brand you can trust!

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#1
Nice find.

Id quite like this for my Sky HD, PS3 and PCH :)
#2
Excellent find and would be tempted if I hadnt managed to get a z260 before they went EOL.
#3
If anyone can find something cheaper with optical input please share. Caught in 2 minds whether to get this myself. Great piece of kit but above my budget
#4
Had a listen to one of these and was very disappointed. The sound was empty, lacking in the midrange and generally muddy.

Shame really.

I also suspect the 1000W output figure is to be talken with a big pinch of salt and is probably instantaneous peak to preak figures, per channel, totalled up.

The input power is rated as 50W max, so I suspect the maximum total continuous RMS output is in the order of 40-45W, allowing for 5-10W or so to run the 'tronics.

On the other hand, if it IS generating more power than it uses, I'm off to by shares in Samsung!!!
#5
Very tempting, good spot
#7
Tempting but think want to stick with a decent 2.1 with VSS
#8
My son has this in his room and ive gotta say it's a decent piece of kit,was watching gladiator on it and it was great.
Also plays Divx through USB which makes life a bit easier.

Would suspect any negative reports will come from punters listening to it in the shops as I thought it was no more than adequate until we got it home and set it up and was pleasantly suprised.
#9
It's amazing how little there is out there that ticks what must be very common boxes.
I've got a telly on the wall, a PS3, a Sky HD box, and I don't really want speakers all over the place.
So a 2.1 system, with two optical ins, that would also play music well.
Not hard is it? So far, I've only found an Onkyo for around £240 - and that's a ******** enormous sub-woofer that would need to be very close to the telly to connect the HDMI lead. And I don't really need it to connect to the telly at all - I just want it to play digital sound from my PS3 and Sky HD box.

A standard hi-fi would an optical in would do me - one speaker either side of the telly would be a huge upgrade on the TVs sound - but they don't do those either.
#10
FFS another set up ... With a DVD player. I am struggling to find just Audio setup for good prices. I don't want a damn DVD player, and selling it off would be pointless.
#11
if your telly has optical out, you dont need more opt inputs.
let the hdmi's carry the digital signals to tv, and opt out to surround system.
#12
I'm a bit out of touch with surround sound technology, if I want the best for playing blurays on the ps3 is optical as good as it gets?
#13
balluji
if your telly has optical out, you dont need more opt inputs.
let the hdmi's carry the digital signals to tv, and opt out to surround system.


That's fine for 2.1 sound, but most TVs will only output stereo via optical.
#14
my sony doesn't... it relays the digital signal whatever the format.
#15
balluji
my sony doesn't... it relays the digital signal whatever the format.


I know a few tvs don't do this, but most only do stereo. This is because there is a handshaking process with optical, the TV reports itself as a stereo device so it is sent a stereo signal.

Its often very hard to find out how your TV handles this situation from the manual.

I wish all TVs did this :(
#16
How do you know if your TV has it. I recently bought the Samsung 37 that was on here (awful sound) so need a set.
#17
i'm after something like this, but with a blu ray player instead of dvd or no player at all, but the price difference is too steep for me.
I have a ps3 and a 42" panasonic plasma, but really dont need the dvd player part of this set up. like someone said earlier in the thread, what I cant find is a reasonable priced system without the DVD part, just the audio set up. anyone know of one?
#18
darkstryder360
FFS another set up ... With a DVD player. I am struggling to find just Audio setup for good prices. I don't want a damn DVD player, and selling it off would be pointless.


I know what you mean I've had my eye on the Onkyo for a while but it's still a bit out of my price range. None of these all in one systems seem to give you much info such as DTS or Dolby how many outbuts etc. The Onkyo seems to be the cheapest option for the HD audio formats and I'm reluctant to spend £150 on a system that doesn't do them and comes with a DVD player that I don't need. Though if you're in the market for an all in one, having an optical input is a huge plus so hot from me.

I'm still using my £99 dreadfull Acoustic Solutions from Argos which I found on here years ago. It's done me well but I'd really love an upgrade
#19
darkstryder360
FFS another set up ... With a DVD player. I am struggling to find just Audio setup for good prices. I don't want a damn DVD player, and selling it off would be pointless.

You can't sell the DVD player...it has the amp built in!
#20
jonbinns
I'm a bit out of touch with surround sound technology, if I want the best for playing blurays on the ps3 is optical as good as it gets?


best option would be an amplifier that can take sound from hdmi and then output the video signal through another hdmi, however when I last looked this would set you back a bit more than £150.
#22
Splutterbug
I know what you mean I've had my eye on the Onkyo for a while


Can I ask a newbie question? :oops:

I have a PS3, XBox 360 and Sky+ HD hooked up to a 47" Samsung LCD.

Am I right in thinking that I could go...
HDMI from PS3 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from XBox 360 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from Sky+ HD to the Onkyo box;
HDMI (out) from the Onkyo box to the TV

...and I'd then have 5.1 surround sound from all 3 "inputs"?

Or would I also have to run optical leads from the sources in order to get that surround sound?

Help! All too complicated!

Thanks!
#23
About 6 months ago I got this setup thanks to a cracking deal on here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-HT-TZ315R-Bluetooth-Cinema-System/dp/B0016J2YXK

Only paid about £40 for it.

It's a very good set up in my opinion, and I've been nothing but happy with it since I bought it. It's ideal for my SkyHD, PS3, and Media PC. The DVD player (which I don't really use) also plays DivX off USB sticks and upscales your DVDs.
#24
ourdave
It's amazing how little there is out there that ticks what must be very common boxes.
I've got a telly on the wall, a PS3, a Sky HD box, and I don't really want speakers all over the place.
So a 2.1 system, with two optical ins, that would also play music well.
Not hard is it? So far, I've only found an Onkyo for around £240 - and that's a ******** enormous sub-woofer that would need to be very close to the telly to connect the HDMI lead. And I don't really need it to connect to the telly at all - I just want it to play digital sound from my PS3 and Sky HD box.

A standard hi-fi would an optical in would do me - one speaker either side of the telly would be a huge upgrade on the TVs sound - but they don't do those either.


Get a Sony DH100 amp plus 2 floorstanders, perfect for music, tv/dvd sound won't be bad either
#25
white_hart
Can I ask a newbie question? :oops:

I have a PS3, XBox 360 and Sky+ HD hooked up to a 47" Samsung LCD.

Am I right in thinking that I could go...
HDMI from PS3 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from XBox 360 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from Sky+ HD to the Onkyo box;
HDMI (out) from the Onkyo box to the TV

...and I'd then have 5.1 surround sound from all 3 "inputs"?

Or would I also have to run optical leads from the sources in order to get that surround sound?

PS3 will be ok
xbox games afaik only produce stereo
Sky box for reasons unknown to mankind only outputs DD thru optical, so extra optical cable (also change default setting in box's menu)
#26
i'm think about getting the JVC THD7 with Ipod Connection for £169 http://www.petertyson.co.uk/ebuttonz/ebz_product_pages/jvc_thd7_home_cinema_system.shtml

what I like is the number of video and audio inputs.

for Video it has 1 Hdmi in passthough (no Audio), 1 S-Video in & 1 composite video in.

for Audio it has 1 Coaxial Digital in, 1 Optical in, Analogue Rca Audio in, Multi Channel Audio input & Tv Scart Audio in = Perfect for my V+, Xbox & Wii :)
#27
Xbox 360 produces surround sound as well.

I've been meaning to get a good 5.1 setup as well but looks like I need to buy an amp as well as speakers.

Was hoping just to buy speakers and hook them up to the tv :(
#28
white_hart
Can I ask a newbie question? :oops:

I have a PS3, XBox 360 and Sky+ HD hooked up to a 47" Samsung LCD.

Am I right in thinking that I could go...
HDMI from PS3 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from XBox 360 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from Sky+ HD to the Onkyo box;
HDMI (out) from the Onkyo box to the TV

...and I'd then have 5.1 surround sound from all 3 "inputs"?

Or would I also have to run optical leads from the sources in order to get that surround sound?

Help! All too complicated!

Thanks!


As far as I'm aware Sky+ HD doesn't do audio over HDMI so you'd need to connect that seperately via optical or coaxial but apart from that yup HDMI should be fine for everything else
#29
A lot of you are saying you want to stick to 2.1; fair enough. The main reason Im after a 5.1 is so I can get TRUE surround sound from my PS3. You cant get TRUE surround sound by connecting 5 speakers to the PS3 as it doesn't have the decoder built in; that's why you need the dvd player with optical output. Otherwise you will get the same sound coming out the 5 speakers. I want to TRUE surround sound on games like Modern Warfare 2 and GTA IV so you can hear thing's as if you were in that environment.
#30
vitek
Get a Sony DH100 amp plus 2 floorstanders, perfect for music, tv/dvd sound won't be bad either


Thanks for that - but I can't see that that has any optical in ports at all - seems to be standard white/red analogue.
#31
white_hart
Can I ask a newbie question? :oops:

I have a PS3, XBox 360 and Sky+ HD hooked up to a 47" Samsung LCD.

Am I right in thinking that I could go...
HDMI from PS3 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from XBox 360 to the Onkyo box;
HDMI from Sky+ HD to the Onkyo box;
HDMI (out) from the Onkyo box to the TV

...and I'd then have 5.1 surround sound from all 3 "inputs"?

Or would I also have to run optical leads from the sources in order to get that surround sound?

Help! All too complicated!

Thanks!


You will get 5.1 via HDMI (assuming you have speakers and a sub too!) from the sources that support it at that time. I have had an Onkyo 605 hooked up to Tannoy SFX5.1s speakers. Inputs are a Freesat HD PVR and a PS3 via HDMI (have just switched to optical for Freesat). I can get DD Tru HD surround sound from PS3 when a bluray is played. Most games give DD 5.1.

The TV channels from a Freesat box are a mixed bag. Most are not broadcast with DD 5.1 (I have only found a few programs on BBC HD) ITV HD is 2.0 or 2.1 mostly I think. Other channels are generally just stereo with a few program exceptions. I guess a lot of Sky HD broadcasts are in DD5.1 but not all. One thing to consider is if you want the AV reciver on all the time. Some recievers don't support HDMI passthrough when unit is off. If not then you can go HDMI direct to the TV and optical to the AV reciver which will give you the option of sound throught the amp or the TV speakers relatively easily. This is also a wife friendly configuration in my house! ;).
#32
Logic3 TX101 Soundstage

I'm in the same boat as a few folks on here, PS3,SKY+HD,42 lcd. I want an all in one box of tricks with two optical inputs. So far this is the only piece of kit I can find that will do that. Has good reviews BUT it is rather large. Any thoughts from folks on this.
banned#33
Is it possible to extend the cables for the rear speakers?? Could you just use some extra speaker wires and join together?
#34
if you want a surround sound to use with two devices e.g sky and your ps3 then this is no good because there is only one optical port. you can buy a splitter but you lose quality and have wires all over the chip shop! i brought the onkyo 2.1 on richer sounds
http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/onkyo/htx-22hd/onky-htx22hd
you pay for what you get but easy to setup no optical leads needed:roll::roll:
#35
andyc77
if you want a surround sound to use with two devices e.g sky and your ps3 then this is no good because there is only one optical port. you can buy a splitter but you lose quality and have wires all over the chip shop! i brought the onkyo 2.1 on richer sounds
http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/onkyo/htx-22hd/onky-htx22hd
you pay for what you get but easy to setup no optical leads needed:roll::roll:


Cracking speakers, though lots of quality complaints; can't remember what it was now, low level or high pitched hum at every volume.

Stopped me buying them a year or so back.
#36
andyc77
if you want a surround sound to use with two devices e.g sky and your ps3 then this is no good because there is only one optical port. you can buy a splitter but you lose quality and have wires all over the chip shop! i brought the onkyo 2.1 on richer sounds
http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/onkyo/htx-22hd/onky-htx22hd
you pay for what you get but easy to setup no optical leads needed:roll::roll:


One optical input doesnt affect the quality - buy a £5 switch or splitter, switch is best as you can have both devices connected and turned on at the same time, whilst with a splitter you would only be able to have one device on at a time.

I have the Sony z260 surround sound unit and I have my ps3 and 360 connected to an optical splitter, which in turn is connected to a 3 port switch, the other two connectors on the switch have my PC and my Sky box connected to them. I can then switch between any of the 4 inputs with a turn of the switch (the 360/PS3 being split isnt an issue as I dont ever play both at the same time).

The reason there is no loss of quality is because it is a digital connection not analogue.
#37
i agree with pepp77... no digital loss- same reason as u dont need to fork out for hdmi
#38
Here is my current setup:-

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c62/pja77uk/Soundsetup-1.jpg

All the red lines are TOSlink cables.
#39
right i bought this a couple of weeks ago from currys for £169.95. I knew it was on at dixons for £150 but wanted it straight away. I also bought a the 1.5 metre tv stand and they threw in £35 digital audio cable for free.

Now then i have watched a few movies and must say the sound is fantastic. The only complaint is that the rear speakers do not produce loud enough sound unless you up the volume but then that is when the door knocking starts.

I also have a ps3 connected. At the moment i have a hdmi from samsung dvd unit to telly. A digital cable from dvd/amp to telly because of freeview and then just the hdmi from ps3 to telly. That means i will not get the best sound out of it when i play modern warfare etc but saves me from faffing around because i can watch tv with better sound as the panasonic vierra 50 inch tsx50s10b comes with crap speakers. Altogether though looks like a really good setup. The base is fantastic. i think 1000watt is a bit optimistic though. The rear speaker wires have plenty of length so don't worry about them.

[IMG]http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh226/a2ssm/P1010061.jpg[/IMG]
#40
im abit confused aswell, if someone could help:-
i've just got a samsung ue40b7020ww led tv. it has x1 optical and x4 hdmi ports.

i have ps3 connected by hdmi, sky+hd connected by hdmi

question is:- if i get a cinema surround system with x1 optical port, can i link the optical cable up with the tv optical port and get surround sound from ps3 and sky box???

any help please

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