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Instore Only - 1 per customer. RRP £199

2 x Digital Optical inputs, allow connection of PS3, Sky/Virgin box etc.

Coming complete with 3 HDMI inputs and an HDMI monitor output, the STRDH500 is the ideal centre of a modern home cinema system. Simply plug in your HDMI-equipped sources and take a single lead to your TV - cutting down on cabling and making it easy to switch between inputs.

Although optimised for HDMI, Sony hasn't forgotten about other sources. With a wide range of inputs and outputs for component, phono, digital optical and coaxial, this Sony home cinema receiver is able to operate at the heart of the most comprehensive of home cinema systems. A feature unique to Sony is their Digital Media Port. When used with a selection of optional components, this allows for the integration of a wide range of media products, including Apple's iPod.

Although technically advanced, setting up requires only a minimum of time. BRAVIA Sync links to other Sony BRAVIA products via the HDMI to give exceptional ease of use. Digital Cinema Sound optimises the settings to your room's requirements - at the touch of a button.

Finished to Sony's usual high standards, the STR-DH500 makes for the perfect introduction to the exciting world of home cinema.

Previously posted @ £146 (9 months ago)
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/468169/sony-strdh500-black-av-receiver-wit
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#1
What type of speakers would you need for this then?

Seriously thinkin of buyin this.

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#2
allydenton
What type of speakers would you need for this then?

Seriously thinkin of buyin this.

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As much as your budget will stretch to really...
#3
I've got a budget of £100 to spend on speakers. Any recommendations?
#4
Speak to Richers they will demo different setups for you to allow you to choose what you like.
#5
From what I have just read this doesnt do sound over HDMI?????
#6
robot1000
I've got a budget of £100 to spend on speakers. Any recommendations?


AVForums classified ads mate!

say your cash and get an Onkyo308 with HDMI 1.4
#7
daveleebond
AVForums classified ads mate!

say your cash and get an Onkyo308 with HDMI 1.4

Well I've been waiting 6 weeks to get this deal - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/656667/samsung-hw-c560s-home-cinema-system

and I'm trying to avoid AVForums as they get offended if you ask about cheap speakers
#8
For £100 I'd say just get a decent pair of bookshelfs and use as Stereo speakers. Save up and buy another pair and a Sub later.. Have a look at Tannoy Mercury F1's maybe...Old speakers but very very good. Or over your budget i know but a pair of Tannoy F3's make great Front speakers....(but they are £170)




You could get a cheap 5.1 set of Yamaha's from RS but you'd be as well getting a cheap all-in-one 5.1 setup for the audio quality those will give you.

Edit: ...scratch the F3 recommendation above. I was thinking of the Mercury F4's. Can't vouch personally for the F3's (althought Tannoy's are usually pretty good)
#9
Uridium
For £100 I'd say just get a decent pair of bookshelfs and use as Stereo speakers. Save up and buy another pair and a Sub later.. Have a look at Tannoy Mercury F1's maybe...Old speakers but very very good. Or over your budget i know but a pair of Tannoy F3's make great Front speakers....(but they are £170)



You could get a cheap 5.1 set of Yamaha's from RS but you'd be as well getting a cheap all-in-one 5.1 setup for the audio quality those will give you.

How do you think that setup compares to the Samsung C560S ?
#10
robot1000
How do you think that setup compares to the Samsung C560S ?


Both would most likely sound pretty average for music playback due to the lack of volume in the speakers. (I'm yet to hear a small satellite style speaker that handles music well)

All-in-ones are what they are i guess. for a first surround system they will do what you want (and give you that 5.1 effect with some boom and bass but won't really match a decent seperate setup. Biggest problem with all-in-ones I've tried are the lack of clarity.

Despite the occasional snobish high end attitude of some on AVforums it is still by far your best resource around..there are some folks there that really know what they are talking about and not all of the folks there have top of the range kit. Everyone has to start somewhere ;-)
#11
Uridium
Both would most likely sound pretty average for music playback due to the lack of volume in the speakers. (I'm yet to hear a small satellite style speaker that handles music well)


Depends what you mean by well and depends how much money you throw at it. The higher end stuff handles music well, but you could still get the same/better performance from cheaper bookshelf or floorstanders. That and you have to spend much more than £120 (this deal) or £239.99 inc. speakers (the Sammy he linked to) to get half decent music performance from an AV amp :thumbsup:

In other words, I wouldn't put him off with tales of lacklustre music performance it's not going to happen at that price point regardless of speakers, besides music isn't what you buy an AV amp for :)
#12
Unheard of brand. Can have a Bush from Argos for £20 more, walk away.
#13
Intrepid
Unheard of brand. Can have a Bush from Argos for £20 more, walk away.


PMSL :w00t:

Pretty cheap but why no audio over HDMI :?
#14
Intrepid;8760150
Unheard of brand. Can have a Bush from Argos for £20 more, walk away.


That made me laugh :thumbsup:
#15
i'd save my money and wait for a cheap enough AV Reciever that has upconversion/upscaling to HDMI... much nicer to have all signals come into the reciever and one cable to the tv for all your video needs!... especially if your tv is slow at changing signal inputs like mine is!
#16
I have Tannoy SFX 5.1 set with the older model of this amp and they are great, i think i paid £70 for them from AV forums classified, i've been pleased with them for the last couple of years.

This is a cracking price for an 'entry level' amp, people seriously need to buy this if they're thinking about getting a surround sound system, will blow any all in one pish out of the water. I'm waiting for the DH800 to drop a little though as i want/need audio over HDMI
#17
Intrepid
Unheard of brand. Can have a Bush from Argos for £20 more, walk away.


:p:-D Genius.
#18
megalomaniac
Depends what you mean by well and depends how much money you throw at it. The higher end stuff handles music well, but you could still get the same/better performance from cheaper bookshelf or floorstanders. That and you have to spend much more than £120 (this deal) or £239.99 inc. speakers (the Sammy he linked to) to get half decent music performance from an AV amp :thumbsup:

In other words, I wouldn't put him off with tales of lacklustre music performance it's not going to happen at that price point regardless of speakers, besides music isn't what you buy an AV amp for :)


I disagree. this AVR paired with a decent pair of bookshelfs costs no more thna the Sammy all-in-one and will blow it away musically.

Many many people use an AVR for music. How many people have a seperate Stereo AMP just for music. Not many.....
#19
robot1000
I've got a budget of £100 to spend on speakers. Any recommendations?


Tannoy are decent for the money

https://www.forumhifivisual.co.uk/Speakers/Cinema_Packages/TANNOY_SFX_5_1_HOME_CINEMA_SPEAKER_SYSTEM_2447.html
#20
sancho1983
I have Tannoy SFX 5.1 set with the older model of this amp and they are great, i think i paid £70 for them from AV forums classified, i've been pleased with them for the last couple of years.

This is a cracking price for an 'entry level' amp, people seriously need to buy this if they're thinking about getting a surround sound system, will blow any all in one pish out of the water. I'm waiting for the DH800 to drop a little though as i want/need audio over HDMI


should of read on! haha, i just recommended them!

you pay more for the silver speakers..
#21
Uridium
I disagree. this AVR paired with a decent pair of bookshelfs costs no more thna the Sammy all-in-one and will blow it away musically.

You are, of course, correct. That's not what I meant, I simply wanted to point out that musically neither would be great and that perhaps surround sound performance would be a better selection criteria (the Sony wins on that too if paired with appropriate sats/sub).

Uridium
Many many people use an AVR for music. How many people have a seperate Stereo AMP just for music. Not many.....

I think you'd be surprised by how many people have separate stereo amps, but that's not the point I was making. Indeed many do use AVR's for music, but to get even half decent musical performance out of an AVR you need to spend a lot more money than £120, that's a pretty widely known fact. No AVR/Sat/Sub combination in this price range will be any good for music, nor did the guy list musical ability as a priority. So using musical ability as a selection criteria is a bit of a misnomer, don't you think?
#22
Intrepid
Unheard of brand. Can have a Bush from Argos for £20 more, walk away.


:thumbsup:

could I hook the Bush up to a Sony Bluray player?
#23
megalomaniac
You are, of course, correct. That's not what I meant, I simply wanted to point out that musically neither would be great and that perhaps surround sound performance would be a better selection criteria (the Sony wins on that too if paired with appropriate sats/sub).


I think you'd be surprised by how many people have separate stereo amps, but that's not the point I was making. Indeed many do use AVR's for music, but to get even half decent musical performance out of an AVR you need to spend a lot more money than £120, that's a pretty widely known fact. No AVR/Sat/Sub combination in this price range will be any good for music, nor did the guy list musical ability as a priority. So using musical ability as a selection criteria is a bit of a misnomer, don't you think?


He didn't say specifically what he would be using it for hence using music as just an example when comparing against AIO's is perfectly valid imo. I specifically mentioned music as this is an area where i've alwyas found AIO systems tend to be weak.

I agree that a £120 AVR is never going to set the world alight sonically but it will still sound better with a pair of half decent bookshelfs than the Samsung AIO posted.
In fact I'd hasten to guess that this AVR paired with some nice £100 bookshelfs would sound as good if not better than anything most people buying in this price range would currently own.
#24
You could probably pick up a pair of B&W DM601 speakers for £100, then save up another £100 for a matching centre. Some small satellites will do for surrounds. I wouldn't rely on small speakers for the whole system though as decent ones cost a lot.
#25


In that price range I'd buy 2x pair's of £100 bookshelfs and save up for a Sub and a centre:-)

Colesy81
You could probably pick up a pair of B&W DM601 speakers for £100, then save up another £100 for a matching centre. Some small satellites will do for surrounds. I wouldn't rely on small speakers for the whole system though as decent ones cost a lot.


Totally agree....
#26
You will see some good deals on AV receivers because the new HDMI 1.4 amps are hitting the market to support 3D TV's. I've just picked up a Denon 1910 AVR (what hifi 2009 winner) at £349. I really good AVR but for pure music it can't touch my 10 year old 2 channel Kenwood Special Edition amp.
#27
Uridium
He didn't say specifically what he would be using it for hence using music as just an example when comparing against AIO's is perfectly valid imo. I specifically mentioned music as this is an area where i've alwyas found AIO systems tend to be weak.

if it were a stereo system then sure but for surround? Guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that on :thumbsup:

Uridium
I agree that a £120 AVR is never going to set the world alight sonically but it will still sound better with a pair of half decent bookshelfs than the Samsung AIO posted.
In fact I'd hasten to guess that this AVR paired with some nice £100 bookshelfs would sound as good if not better than anything most people buying in this price range would currently own.

Agreed :)
#28
Uridium
In that price range I'd buy 2x pair's of £100 bookshelfs and save up for a Sub and a centre:-)



Totally agree....


+1
#29
Intrepid
Unheard of brand. Can have a Bush from Argos for £20 more, walk away.


A Bush for 20 quid ?! I'll let the missus know :w00t:
#30
i bought the sony str-db930 in brushed aliminium (silver) dolby digital about 9 years ago for about £500
along with the matching dvd player, cd player and minidisc player
still going strong now and im sure this model is better than mine with technoligy over the years,
i got some bose acoustimass 10 (double cubes) and they sound awesome
i know there not cheap, and have held there price over the years
although after decorating and having ceramic tiles in the living room, i forgot to lay the wires under the tiles so have been put away in the attic for over 2 years, must set it all back up at some point
(how prices have changed, so this price for an hdmi one is brilliant)
i would recommend going to listen to some bose acousimass, even the mrs will like them as they are so discrete.
#31
ViperMan
You will see some good deals on AV receivers because the new HDMI 1.4 amps are hitting the market to support 3D TV's. I've just picked up a Denon 1910 AVR (what hifi 2009 winner) at £349. I really good AVR but for pure music it can't touch my 10 year old 2 channel Kenwood Special Edition amp.


I have its baby brother the Denon 1610 and find it works pretty well for music especially if utilising direct mode rather than audyssey, but for pure music it is hard to match a dedicated amp like you say.
#32
sancho1983
I have Tannoy SFX 5.1 set with the older model of this amp and they are great, i think i paid £70 for them from AV forums classified, i've been pleased with them for the last couple of years.

This is a cracking price for an 'entry level' amp, people seriously need to buy this if they're thinking about getting a surround sound system, will blow any all in one pish out of the water. I'm waiting for the DH800 to drop a little though as i want/need audio over HDMI


SFX Tannoys would be a good budget choice. I got mine at SuperFi, £149, some time ago. They are always dipping in price. Also check PeterTyson site as well for these! GOOD LUCK!
#33
For speeks, if you can afford them and small speeks are a priority, the Jamo A102's are a lot of bang for your buck. I really rate them. Assuming you can find them... many stores have trouble keeping them in stock long enough to bag a set.
#34
Uridium
In that price range I'd buy 2x pair's of £100 bookshelfs and save up for a Sub and a centre:-)



Totally agree....



Have you heard the tannoys? they are a perfect speaker on a budget! not to mention they are a third of their original price! they used to be a bargain at £150.
#35
Can anyone tell me if i can use the 5.1 speakers from a sony DVD system, they are good enough for my needs,
Only concern i have a the SUB which is passive, i heard these require an Active SUB.

If my speakers work, it world be great
#36
tigger80
Can anyone tell me if i can use the 5.1 speakers from a sony DVD system, they are good enough for my needs,
Only concern i have a the SUB which is passive, i heard these require an Active SUB.

If my speakers work, it world be great


they would work in the meantime, but i hardly think they are good enough to get the best from this amp!
#37
willey
Have you heard the tannoys? they are a perfect speaker on a budget! not to mention they are a third of their original price! they used to be a bargain at £150.


Yup..used to have a set.

Have you heard the Tannoy F1's? 4 of these with an FC centre and a decent Sub will surprise many people...

(I'm not knocking the SFX's btw My whole system is Tannoy :thumbsup:)

tigger80
Can anyone tell me if i can use the 5.1 speakers from a sony DVD system, they are good enough for my needs,
Only concern i have a the SUB which is passive, i heard these require an Active SUB.

If my speakers work, it world be great


Actually they might not work. many All-in-one speaker sets have too low an Impedence and can damage an AVR..You would need to check the spec of the Sony AVR and the impedence rating on your speakers to be certain.
banned#38
Im after my first ever AMP, I was looking at the Onkyo TX-SR 606, any thoughts?, how does it compare to this sony? Why does the description of this amp say it doesnt carry hdmi audio? confusing as audi is delivered via hdmi, so i thought? but the text does day it doesnt carry multi channel audio..hmm
#39
i've got an older version of this with a subwoofer and it sounds amazing with my bang and olufsons and tannoy speakers :D
#40
Roccostan
Im after my first ever AMP, I was looking at the Onkyo TX-SR 606, any thoughts?, how does it compare to this sony? Why does the description of this amp say it doesnt carry hdmi audio? confusing as audi is delivered via hdmi, so i thought? but the text does day it doesnt carry multi channel audio..hmm


I believe you need the HDMI 1.3 standard to carry audio which is AMP does not support. I believe the Onkyo TX-SR 606 does but it is rather more expensive.

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