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HD TV owners look here! If you've recently bought a High Definition TV, and are now finding that the single HDMI socket isn't enough, then help is at hand in the form of the Sony STRK880. Look around at the back of the unit and, in addition to the usual plethora of sockets, you'll also find 3 HDMI interfaces. One of these is an output monitor, to connect to your TV, whilst the other 2 are inputs. This allows you to connect both an HD Sky box and an upsampling DVD player without the need for additional switch boxes.
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#1
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Rayman is responsible for global warming...
1 Like #2
i got this a while ago, cheaper on pixmania, with 6 speakers and subwoofer:
cracking peice of kit. only £225.
This comes from France, so u may need an extra euro plug converter, which costs £2 from Maplin.

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/263268/art/sony/home-cinema-6-1-hdmi-ht-d.html
#3
praju
i got this a while ago, cheaper on pixmania, with 6 speakers and subwoofer:
cracking peice of kit. only £225.
This comes from France, so u may need an extra euro plug converter, which costs £2 from Maplin.

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/263268/art/sony/home-cinema-6-1-hdmi-ht-d.html


[SIZE=4][SIZE=2]Nice find :thumbsup: Wish it came up on froogle search
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#4
[SIZE=2]Thanks for this :) Global warming a little cheaper [COLOR=blue]Here[/COLOR] £216 delivered![/SIZE]
#5
FFS, i bloody froogled this.

Ta rayman

Ah that dabs is a nice satallite small (and hence weak low powered sound) package with an inferior amp.
#6
sorry rayman, wrong product, this is a 5.1 old model.
The DDW-880 is 6.1, with HDMI inputs.
I have this kit and its awesome.
#7
Same as the PixMania model number: HT-DDW780
#8
Well the pixmania one can;t be compared either then really. As this has HDMI making it FAR MORE futureproof.
But looking at the pixmania one it seems to be a more powerful amp and seems to have HDMI, very odd indeed.

HDMI switch circuitry is still expensive, and all HD content in the future will be over HDCP (which HDMI does and DVI can do) so as to be content protected under it's encryption

That dabs and pixmania deal is good for anyone without a HD Ready Television though.
#9
careful, pixmania is the '880', not the same as '780'.
Basically the pixmania product is this exact same amp as above, but also includes 6 speakers + sub woofer (6.1).
This can't be bought in the UK yet, and Pixmania are the only sellers.
#10
Looking at this:
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=404559

It seems it does have hdmi, very odd to include such a good amp with such poor speakers imho and still a good deal @ that price.
#11
yeah i'm all over that forum too. trust me the kits awesome. The sub is massive an powerful, my room shakes. 6.1 is the advantage too, so can decode 6.1 DTS ES & DD EX 6.1 DVD's.
#12
praju you have that 880 kit then?

Is it really 6x130w @ DIN/RMS?
Does it have 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output?

Hard to find proper specs on that

Would it benefit from proper hifi speakers (sorry im no fan of those tiny satellite things), obviously the bass is good, but my normal speakers shake the room :)
#13
yeah got it from pixmania.
yes very powerful, 1000 watts - not sure about exact numbers.
It does have 3 HDMI's, 2 in, 1 out, although i'm not using them at present.
My first system, but the speakers do a great job imo. u may be put off as they have a cherry wood effect, but its fine for me. The sub is the size of a small telly.

here's a link to the manual:
http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/2662263322.pdf
#15
.lv? latvia? haha
#16
Now that looks good :) Might even consider it over my Yamaha which is getting on a bit.
#17
Yeah only place I could find it lol
#18
praju
yeah got it from pixmania.
yes very powerful, 1000 watts - not sure about exact numbers.
It does have 3 HDMI's, 2 in, 1 out, although i'm not using them at present.
My first system, but the speakers do a great job imo. u may be put off as they have a cherry wood effect, but its fine for me. The sub is the size of a small telly.

here's a link to the manual:
http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/2662263322.pdf
Thanks for the manual link :)
#19
was worried about ordering from pixmania - they have some seriously bad reviews on customer service, however my oder went fine. Remember it is a euro spec, so the two plug ends (amp and sub) have euro 2-pin plugs, but pixmania includes one adapter for free, the may include both, but u may need to buy one.
#20
I realise why I why I was so sceptical now, those 135watt figures are on 6ohms speakers, most normal ones are 8ohms reduciing that figure by 50% to about 90watts on proper hifi speakers, not that it matters with those Sony ones.
I;m seriously tempted by that now, damn u!!!
#21
Just ordered thanks.

Dont forget to use code googleuk6 for another £6.00 off.

Also Pixmania automatically add the reward card for £7.00. I deleted this.

Total price including delivery is £252.61.
#22
schizoboy
praju you have that 880 kit then?

Is it really 6x130w @ DIN/RMS?
Does it have 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output?

Hard to find proper specs on that

Would it benefit from proper hifi speakers (sorry im no fan of those tiny satellite things), obviously the bass is good, but my normal speakers shake the room :)


i think on the spec list the 880 says its 70W rms per channel
#23
Dont buy this amp, it's not as well spec'd as the Sony STRDG700 which is £199 everywhere. There has been quite a bit of discussion on this amp and the 700 and the 700 always comes out on top and for less money. The 700 has more digi inputs too.
Just my 2p!
I however have just bought the Pioneer VSX916 for £209.99 delivered which is fantastic. No HDMI but I didnt want it. Before you buy the sony for the HDMI you should do some research into the verison of HDMI that the amps use, i.e. 1.3 is the newest I believe.
1 Like #24
schizoboy
Well the pixmania one can;t be compared either then really. As this has HDMI making it FAR MORE futureproof.
But looking at the pixmania one it seems to be a more powerful amp and seems to have HDMI, very odd indeed.


Ok a few people here need to be aware of two things before they buy this amp. Especially No.1!!

*1) The HDMI will be a switcher ONLY! This means it does not process audio over HDMI. It can pass through the audio, but to process it you will need to link up SPDIF connection from your source.
This hinders those who want to make use of HD-DVD/Bluray next gen audio (Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD) as SPDIF does not have the bandwith for these tracks so it will down sample it. You can however link up via analogues to the mutichannel inputs for this.
If you do want an amp that can process the audio over HDMI and PCM Dolby TrueHD etc, you need to begin at the STR-DA3200ES for this in the Sony range.
It might be advisable to wait howver - as HDMI 1.3 spec amps will be coming out this year, and the current gen will drop in price

*2) The watts per channel on this amp will be no where near as advertised when all the speakers are running. So don't expect too much from what is an essentially budget amp. IMO it would be better to go for the Sony STR-DA1200ES (that Ive got :)) that can be had for £299 from Richersounds.
#25
Sure, if u want a super advanced set-up, then wait and spend more. But for a first time sound sytem purchase, u can't really go wrong with this kit, as its 6.1 and includes all the speakers/sub.
As for HD 1.3, then u might as well not buy any plasma/lcd TV yet, as there's always a new spec round the corner.
As for the wattage, this thing is loud enough, i don't put it above half i think, as it's so loud.
#26
Traveller
Dont buy this amp, it's not as well spec'd as the Sony STRDG700 which is £199 everywhere. There has been quite a bit of discussion on this amp and the 700 and the 700 always comes out on top and for less money. The 700 has more digi inputs too.
Just my 2p!
I however have just bought the Pioneer VSX916 for £209.99 delivered which is fantastic. No HDMI but I didnt want it. Before you buy the sony for the HDMI you should do some research into the verison of HDMI that the amps use, i.e. 1.3 is the newest I believe.


I bouight the 700 last year and I am very happy with it.
This just looks like a silver version of it, IMO. I haven't checked the specs fully though.
#27
I bought this kit .. and talked a lot about it too on AVForums.

Believe me, its great. Anybody who wants a system for £300, you aint gonna get much better than this. I dont know anybody who has expressed regret over its quality once they bought it
#28
praju
Sure, if u want a super advanced set-up, then wait and spend more. But for a first time sound sytem purchase, u can't really go wrong with this kit, as its 6.1 and includes all the speakers/sub.
As for HD 1.3, then u might as well not buy any plasma/lcd TV yet, as there's always a new spec round the corner.
As for the wattage, this thing is loud enough, i don't put it above half i think, as it's so loud.



Yup by all means - Im just stating, as I know they're will be people who plug a HDMI source and won't understand why they're not hearing any audio out the speakers. Its just a common misconception that beacuse an amp has HDMI that it processes audio through it.
#29
Thanks for the very useful feedback and info all :)
#30
I agree praju. Mine goes louder than I would ever have it, and has no distortion at all at the higher volume.
So why panic :)
#31
Got a heads up on this a couple of days ago via RS newsletter. Baffles me why manufacturers still put an AM/FM receiver in something that I would expect to keep for many years to come?!
#32
The receiver was £250 for the last 2months at Richer.
Quite why you would buy that when its cheaper at Pixmania, with 6speakers, a sub, and cables.. is quite beyond me :p

The speakers and sub are for sale at Richer too. They were £110 last time I looked
#33
sideysid
Ok a few people here need to be aware of two things before they buy this amp. Especially No.1!!

*1) The HDMI will be a switcher ONLY! This means it does not process audio over HDMI. It can pass through the audio, but to process it you will need to link up SPDIF connection from your source.
This hinders those who want to make use of HD-DVD/Bluray next gen audio (Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD) as SPDIF does not have the bandwith for these tracks so it will down sample it. You can however link up via analogues to the mutichannel inputs for this.
If you do want an amp that can process the audio over HDMI and PCM Dolby TrueHD etc, you need to begin at the STR-DA3200ES for this in the Sony range.
It might be advisable to wait howver - as HDMI 1.3 spec amps will be coming out this year, and the current gen will drop in price

*2) The watts per channel on this amp will be no where near as advertised when all the speakers are running. So don't expect too much from what is an essentially budget amp. IMO it would be better to go for the Sony STR-DA1200ES (that Ive got :)) that can be had for £299 from Richersounds.


Agreed the 1200 is a great amp, but you will not get it for £299 at RS anymore. They have run the promo far longer than they ever planned on having stock - probably just to get people into the store. AFAIK there are only a small number of RS shops in the UK with even 1 in stock!

You can however get it from PRC for £319 with an advert from What Hifi if they ever come back in stock there. Other than that, they generally go for around £359 online.
At that price, you could also check out the Pio 1016. :-D
#34
Nothing personally against the Sony 880, but I'd either go for the Sony 700 and buy the speaker set or get the yamaha AV59 package for £199.

I was only planning on spending about 300 to upgrade my amp and speakers, but blew that out of the water when i ordered the Pio 916 and have just priced up a surround sound set up for £400. Opps!
#35
You know you can get HDMI Switch Boxes fairly cheap: Froogle (Best check reviews first though)

If your after a HDTV Component Video switch box then Joytech do the AV Control Center 245C (Around £70) which seems to have 6 HDTV Component Video outputs (one input) along with outputs/inputs for Digital Optical, Ethernet, S-Video and Composite AV and it also boosts the signals where most other switch boxes don't. I have the first version and I'm quite happy with it....works great with my Harmony remote.
#36
If you just need a single extra component input on your amp, then this is superb http://www.js-technology.com/product_info.php?products_id=49&osCsid=9f45ca7df918787ca5976cdcd0df9484 - it automatically switches to your sdesired device and there's no loss of picture/sound quality. Costly at £60.50 delivered, but great quality.
suspended#37
doesnt do DD Plus or DD HD:( wouldnt mind a nice amp that could do all modern formats, dont wanna spend too much £££ tho.
#38
Looks like a nice deal.

Pity it's silver, I'd love a black option.

I seem to be out of step here but I can't help treating phrases like "future proof" with total scorn.

IMO it's that tragic conjunction of wishful thinking hitching itself to mere advertising's empty spin, there's no such thing as HDMI 1.3a (and 2 rumoured to be imminent) ought to be telling us all.
#39
The pixmania deal is better value than this one as listed on page1 on this thread.

As for DDPlus and DD HD amps, if you have several hundred or thousands that is still available :)

Otherwise digital optical or coaxial output from your DVD Player and Sky HD/TV-Drive/V+/PC Output/Console is adequate.

You have to question if you can tell the difference between normal DD 5.1 and DD HD/DD Plus unless you can spend thousands on a reference system...
#40
schizoboy
You have to question if you can tell the difference between normal DD 5.1 and DD HD/DD Plus unless you can spend thousands on a reference system...


Thats true to a certain degree, but you wouldn't necessarily need to spend thousands.

I can usually notice a difference even on cheaper systems between Dolby 5.1 and DTS tracks.

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