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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Looking at getting a home cinema set up, I'm thinking of getting a hd projector, screen and surround sound set up, must be able to hook up sky hd, ps3 and a wii, I know I could spend a fortune on this, I don't want to break the bank but at the same time I don't want to buy a poor performing set up. The room I'm thinking of using as the cinema room is 3.7m x 3.3m. How much do you think I would need to spend and what makes and models should I buy and which ones I should stay clear of, thanks to anybody who reads and answers this question.
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
I'd get over to AV forums if I was you, much better advice on there and tons of threads with all the information you could ever need.
#2
Av forums was my next stop once got an idea of want I need, I picked hukd to post the question, as I thought I would get a ball park figure and maybe a few suggestions. But thanks for the reply
banned 1 Like #3
I've always liked the look of the Panasonic projectors at around £2k. Screen wise, eBay had plenty last time I looked for around £150 for 120" screens.

For sound I'd probably get myself down to local Richer Sounds and let them choose the kit for you based on your spec and then have a demo to make sure you're happy.
#4
Thanks mc, is there a formula for screen size and room size, I don't want to end up with a front row of the cinema set up, and do you think in need to spend £2k for a projector or could I go cheaper.
1 Like #5
Sound wise I would go for a Sony DH800 or a similar level Onkyo one. I have some Tannoy sfx speakers and they're great
banned 1 Like #6
I'm about 4 metres from my tv wall and I measured up the 120" as being the maximum size I'd be comfortable with. A lot of people go for a screen around 100".
#7
Thanks again mc, and cheers sancho, I would have to say £2k for a projector is over my intended budget, I was hoping to spend somewhere between £1k to £1.5k for a complete set up, is it worth scrimping on the sound and spending more on the projector or the other way around or is it entry level set up all round, if I said £1.5k budget how much should I look to spend on each item.
1 Like #8
I know very little about projectors, but shopping around, maybe buying second hand, sacrificing audio over HDMI and you could get a good quality amp and some reasonable 5.1 speakers for under £200
1 Like #10


This will sound stupid, but will a 100" HD image look the same quality as on a 37" screen?
#11
Cheers mc, looks good, tempted to buy through tescos, would the 15% discount work on this. I could afford to spend possibly £400 on the sound, any ideas sancho, do you suggest cheaper amp more expensive speakers, or the other way around
banned 1 Like #12
sancho1983


This will sound stupid, but will a 100" HD image look the same quality as on a 37" screen?


Will look so much better your eyes will weep.
#13
I'd say half and half would be about right, maybe more on speakers

Scratch my question, just measured out 120 inches and my wife threatened to divorce me! 80 inches may be possible though. What sort of distance does the projector need to be?
1 Like #14
I'd recommend a good sounding setup and cheapish would be something like this:-

AV Receiver - Sony STRDH500 - £120
5.1 Speaker Package - Jamo A102 HCS5 - £180
Speaker cable - Van Damme Blue Series 1.5mm/2.5mm - £1.40/£2.00 per metre

for your AV Receiver you can't really go wrong with Sony and Onkyo at the decent end, Denon if the wallet can stretch.

speakers can vary between models but kefs are nice and stylish if that is a concern in your room.
1 Like #15
Jamo's look really good, I couldn't afford them though!
#16
Cheers forest, that's a great reply, model numbers and price. Will check them out
banned 1 Like #17
forest2002
I'd recommend a good sounding setup and cheapish would be something like this:-

AV Receiver - Sony STRDH500 - £120
5.1 Speaker Package - Jamo A102 HCS5 - £180
Speaker cable - Van Damme Blue Series 1.5mm/2.5mm - £1.40/£2.00 per metre

for your AV Receiver you can't really go wrong with Sony and Onkyo at the decent end, Denon if the wallet can stretch.

speakers can vary between models but kefs are nice and stylish if that is a concern in your room.


I have kefs, they definitely passed the wife test while passing the sound test too. Yamaha make top quality amps too.
1 Like #18
master_chief

I have kefs, they definitely passed the wife test while passing the sound test too. Yamaha make top quality amps too.


I know its always a restriction with what you can buy. Its style speakers all the way, basically if its small and gloss black you're allowed it.
1 Like #19
solarforce
Cheers forest, that's a great reply, model numbers and price. Will check them out


The amp and speaker prices are from richer sounds, i'd also recommend audiovisualonline for cables and interconnects, i've ordered loads of stuff from them and its always arrived next day.
#20
Cheers forest
banned#21
Just remembered I had this picture from when I posted my setup on here before. The TV is 50" and the speakers are far enough apart to put a 120" screen in front without blocking the speakers. The 120" screen would actually would sit a few inches inside each speaker. Should give you an idea of screen sizes. Also shows you what kefs look like on the wall.

http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/masterchief101/IMAG0055.jpg
#22
Came across the onkyo avx 380, amp and speaker set in currys for £299, would this be better than the Sony strdh500 and jamo a102 hcs5 speakers for a total of £300 or would I be better sticking with the Sony & jamo combo?
#23
Thanks for the photo mc, that sure helps me picture things, what set up are you using, your kefs look neat, was looking at a set today, very pricey. One other question what is meant by a passive subwoofer, and what are the cons of this type of set up?
#24
Passive sub will get power from the amp, like the speakers, whereas an active sub will have its own power, with a line in from the amp, meaning it will produce lower frequencies for awesome bass.

Don't bother with a passive one
#25
Sancho, is the jamo subwoofer active or passive, sorry for all the questions, I'm in a very steep learning curve
#26
I believe It's active, tends to be the cheap ones that aren't
#27
According to richer sounds It's both.
#28
I have the Jamo's in my 7.1 setup, its active, and sounds really nice
#29
http://www.whathifi.com/review/Jamo-A102HCS5/

here's a good review for you, the jamo's were whathifi's best style speaker under £500 for the past three years, although according to this they have been surpassed, however the 2 sets they say are better are quite a bit more expensive, so in that sense they are still the winner for me.

Cant tell you about the quality of the onkyo speakers but they're a good brand and it looks a good deal to me
#30
Forest I've just been reading the reviews on whathifi, came on here and read your post, made me laugh, noticed the Sony amp gets a good review as well, I think I'm steering in the direction of your recommendations
banned#31
It seems you got the help you were looking for on here after all so consider my first post retracted!
#32
MC, do you have a screen that goes in front of the tv?
#33
Mc I'm very grateful for your first post, I don't understand what some people are talking about when Im reading the posts on av forums, I felt hukd was a good starting point to ask the question then upgrade to av forums once I knew a little more on the subject. I've found everybodies posts very useful, I didn't expect that
#34
I have the jamo's and the now discontinued sony strdg820 both of which were whathifi best buys at the time, and they sound really sweet together, I dont want to push you down one road in particular, but i dont think you'd go far wrong pairing the two together.

In my opinion you can get a basic setup for a few hundred quid which will be a vast improvement on your tv speakers, after which you can pay silly money for only a slightly improved sound, so you have to draw the line somewhere. Better to start with an all round setup which can be upgraded at a later date rather than blowing all your budget on speakers and getting a £50 second hand amp off ebay.

I'm sure your aware but your kit is only ever as good as your cables, I love it when you go round to peoples houses and see they've shelled out about 600 quid on a really nice lcd and have a £1 scart plugged into it.
#35
After reading your suggestions and the reviews at what hifi I'm confident with the Sony/ jamo set up, I'm after this for a new house that I'm moving into soon, the home cinema is for Christmas, do you think I need to buy now or wait nearer the time, my wifes only input into the set up is, she wants us to purchase through the high streets, my local branch of richer sounds have the amp and speakers in stock, what do you think?
#36
you might want to get the speakers sooner rather than later, as with them being a model that has been around a while there is always the chance they could discontinue them and force the price up. The price of £180 is the cheapest its been for quite a while. They were originally priced around that mark and then due to their popularity the price went up.

The amp wouldnt be as important as sony or onkyo will always be selling a good quality amp at a cheapish price.

If the wife will let you buy the speaker cable online you will get a far better deal.
#37
Cheers forest,speaker cable is okay for Internet purchase, I'll pick up the speakers on my days off.
Thanks for your help
#38
no probs mate, hope you enjoy your setup.
banned#39
sancho1983
MC, do you have a screen that goes in front of the tv?


That's the next main project but I want to buy a new 50" plasma and get a projector at the same time, money is prohibiting this at the moment. I've set it all up so a screen fits in without obscuring the speakers which are cabled through the walls so didn't want to move them again.
#40
I bought an onkyo tx-sr308 amp and the tannoy sfx5.1 speakers today from richer sounds, I know that the tannoy sfx5.1 get the thumbs up, did I make the right choice on the amp?

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