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Surround Sound recommendations?

RadioactiveJack Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
I'm looking for some good quality speakers that will link to my SONY HD television.

I just want surround sound for Sky television and my PS3 (so it'll need a HDMI port...I think).

I'm willing to spend around £200 on them.

I had my eye on this Home Cinema Set but it seems to be out of stock everywhere I look.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/catalogId/1500001501/partNumber/5337242.htm

Rep for those who help!

Cheers!
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
I had one of these - cracking bit of kit and gave a good quality surround sound. I seem to remember it had an HDMI port and Optical port. Also has USB socket too - however, major disappointment with this as I couldn't get it to play AVI movies off my pen drive - turns out that this facility isn't available on UK models of this system !!

Anyway - as far as sound is concerned, they are very good.

I eventually swapped mine for a cheaper Philips system which would play DivX stuff, but the sound quality isn't as rich as the Sony.
#2
I recommend Logitech z-5500. IMO the best surround sound you can get for that price. Sound is very good and extremely loud. Read some reviews your ears can bleed :-)
Only down side is that it hasn't got hdmi, only optical, but it doesn't hurt :-)
#3
I nearly bought one of these, in the end i went over to av forums and got myself a second hand Sony amp and some Tannoy speakers and it's amazing, all for about £150, would blow the socks off this.

Just some info if you haven't thought about going down the seperates route
#4
You don't need a HDMI input on a surround sound decoder/amp for surround sound; a digital co-ax or optical connector is fine, assuming you can get a matching output from your source device(s). Luckily, though, HDMI inputs aren't uncommon these days.

Avoid all-in-one home theatre systems; in my experience they're limited, don't give as good a performance as separates and aren't economic to repair if they develop a fault.

I'd suggest an AV receiver from Richer Sounds (e.g http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/yamaha/rxv365/yama-rxv365-blk) and a set of basic speakers (e.g. http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/yamaha/nsp110/yama-nsp110). Together, those two are £260, but will be better value than any all-in-one. If you need a DVD player, pick up pretty much anything with a digital output, or use your PS3.
#5
scratch that, sorry read the post properly. anywho I would recommend Bose cube speaker 5.1 and then add a active sub for LFE
#6
cowbutt
You don't need a HDMI input on a surround sound decoder/amp for surround sound; a digital co-ax or optical connector is fine, assuming you can get a matching output from your source device(s). Luckily, though, HDMI inputs aren't uncommon these days.

Avoid all-in-one home theatre systems; in my experience they're limited, don't give as good a performance as separates and aren't economic to repair if they develop a fault.

I'd suggest an AV receiver from Richer Sounds (e.g http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/yamaha/rxv365/yama-rxv365-blk) and a set of basic speakers (e.g. http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/yamaha/nsp110/yama-nsp110). Together, those two are £260, but will be better value than any all-in-one. If you need a DVD player, pick up pretty much anything with a digital output, or use your PS3.


Haha, I've looked into separates before I bought the logitech set. You're absolutly right mate in respect that it will beat all-in-one, however I would question this with your proposed set. Logitech aren't best for music, but movies and games ...
#7
Thanks for all your suggestions! Rep coming your way!

I've been looking on Amazon and this is the type of thing I'm after.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/JVC-TH-L1-Multi-Media-Sound-Solution/dp/B000P8F65G/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1248111513&sr=1-8
#9
Xpenny
Haha, I've looked into separates before I bought the logitech set. You're absolutly right mate in respect that it will beat all-in-one, however I would question this with your proposed set. Logitech aren't best for music, but movies and games ...


I've got the NSP-110 and the earlier RX-V361. Entry-level kit, but far better than my mid-range Aiwa mid-90s Midi for music, and than the two all-in-one DVD HTs (Venturer and Samsung) that retailed at about £200 each when I bought 'em. The amp has plenty of oomph and drives a stereo pair of Gale Mk IIIs when I don't want 5.1. The speakers could be better, but are still an improvement on the ones that came with the all-in-ones. I can replace those later if I move it into a larger room with better noise insulation from my neighbours and so am able to sensibly use it on anything louder than about -16dB. :?

As for Logitech; fine for keyboards and mice, but leave the speakers to the pros. I've got a Z-530 set, and the output from the sub is completely disproportionate (i.e. way too much, even on minimum volume). Fine if you like your stereo to sound like some spotty oik's Nova, I guess...
#10


OK, but that leaves no budget for the AV receiver/amp as this is just a set of speakers!
#11
cowbutt
OK, but that leaves no budget for the AV receiver/amp as this is just a set of speakers!


sorry thought you had that already as the op just asked for speakers for £200

you need to spend that on the receiver alone really
#12
Xpenny
I recommend Logitech z-5500. IMO the best surround sound you can get for that price. Sound is very good and extremely loud. Read some reviews your ears can bleed :-)
Only down side is that it hasn't got hdmi, only optical, but it doesn't hurt :-)


ick! 10% THD (vs. 0.9% for the Yamaha RX-V365). I'm sure my ears would bleed.

Both are 500W RMS, but the Yamaha has a higher-resolution DAC.
#13
casparwhite
sorry thought you had that already as the op just asked for speakers for £200

you need to spend that on the receiver alone really


I think the OP was being a bit vague, but their starting point was an all-in-one DVD/Amp/Receiver/Speaker kit, so I guess that's the functionality the OP needs, bar the DVD part as (s)he has a PS3 already that'll do the job (and BluRay besides).
#15
cowbutt
I've got the NSP-110 and the earlier RX-V361. Entry-level kit, but far better than my mid-range Aiwa mid-90s Midi for music, and than the two all-in-one DVD HTs (Venturer and Samsung) that retailed at about £200 each when I bought 'em. The amp has plenty of oomph and drives a stereo pair of Gale Mk IIIs when I don't want 5.1. The speakers could be better, but are still an improvement on the ones that came with the all-in-ones. I can replace those later if I move it into a larger room with better noise insulation from my neighbours and so am able to sensibly use it on anything louder than about -16dB. :?

As for Logitech; fine for keyboards and mice, but leave the speakers to the pros. I've got a Z-530 set, and the output from the sub is completely disproportionate (i.e. way too much, even on minimum volume). Fine if you like your stereo to sound like some spotty oik's Nova, I guess...


There's a big difference between 530 and 5500 (buy also price is £150 more). I had a couple of av receivers (technics & onkyo) this produces comparable sound. You don't get that many output options which is def down side
#16


I like the look of that one but it has some horrible reviews.

I'd rather go for one of the older models but they seem to be sold out everywhere.
#17


According to the Amazon reviews, no digital inputs, so no 5.1 from the OP's PS3 or Sky+ box. :-(
#18
Xpenny
There's a big difference between 530 and 5500 (buy also price is £150 more). I had a couple of av receivers (technics & onkyo) this produces comparable sound. You don't get that many output options which is def down side


I should hope so too! My point was really that I wouldn't expect a balanced sound from anything out of Logitech. It's pretty easy to reduce the amount of volume put out by a sub, but the fact they haven't designed it to do so suggests they're tuning their gear for the louder-is-better/bassier-is-better crowd.
#19
I'm telling you, av forums/ebay second hand amp, a lot of people are upgrading to a newer HDMI amp so are getting rid of their old stuff, mine's brill though, for much less than the all in ones that have been on here, and for more inputs

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