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    Any recommendation for a home cinema receiver?

    Look to spend around £60? second hand ofcourse. main wants would be to have atleast 2 or 3 opticals.

    For the time being ill probably use it as a 2.1 setup.

    Also any recommendations on speakers? was thinking q acoustics 1020 or 2020?

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    For £60? Save your money, nothing at that price range is going to leave you feeling happy with a purchase unless you opt for second hand and drop on a great deal, it may seem good at first but after a few weeks or if you go round to a mates and hear their set-up you WILL feel cheated.


    forget the above., I just actualy read your message saying 2nd hand and 2.1
    Edited by: "harlzter" 31st Jan 2011

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    Whats this like YAMAHA RXV640RDS?

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    harlzter

    For £60? Save your money, nothing at that price range is going to leave … For £60? Save your money, nothing at that price range is going to leave you feeling happy with a purchase unless you opt for second hand and drop on a great deal, it may seem good at first but after a few weeks or if you go round to a mates and hear their set-up you WILL feel cheated.forget the above., I just actualy read your message saying 2nd hand and 2.1



    kk np lol

    Got the following, spec copied from net. Based in Birmingham, local pick up only. £70

    Good condition, all 5 speakers work and has a powerful subwoofer. All cabling inc and remote control.

    Spec:

    Supplied: Processor/amplifier, stereo speakers and NX/SW10 speaker package comprising rears and subwoofer, remote control
    Power: 40 watts (centre), 4 x 25 watts (rears and stereo), 50 watts (subwoofer)
    Audio inputs: 2 x line level, optical input
    Audio outputs: Spring clip speaker connections
    Video inputs and outputs: 2 x composite phono in, 1 x composite phono out
    Remote control: Yes
    Decoding formats / DSP: Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro-Logic, Game, Hall, Concert/Sports, Mono Mover, 70mm Movie Theatre, DTS Movie Theatre, Virtual Dolby Digital, DTS Virtual 5.1, Silent Theatre
    W x H x D (mm) /
    Weight (kg): Decoder/amplifier: 302 x 82 x 300 / 4.7
    Stereo speakers: 125 x 185 x 145 / 1.4 each
    Centre speaker: 240 x 100 x 145 / 1.7
    Rear speakers: 100 x 140 x 112 / 0.7 each
    Subwoofer: 200 x 395 x 400 / 10.6
    Extra: All speakers magnetically shielded

    Forget to mention the make and model: Yamaha VS-10

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    aj_aziz

    Got the following, spec copied from net. Based in Birmingham, local pick … Got the following, spec copied from net. Based in Birmingham, local pick up only. £70Good condition, all 5 speakers work and has a powerful subwoofer. All cabling inc and remote control.Spec:Supplied: Processor/amplifier, stereo speakers and NX/SW10 speaker package comprising rears and subwoofer, remote controlPower: 40 watts (centre), 4 x 25 watts (rears and stereo), 50 watts (subwoofer)Audio inputs: 2 x line level, optical inputAudio outputs: Spring clip speaker connectionsVideo inputs and outputs: 2 x composite phono in, 1 x composite phono outRemote control: YesDecoding formats / DSP: Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro-Logic, Game, Hall, Concert/Sports, Mono Mover, 70mm Movie Theatre, DTS Movie Theatre, Virtual Dolby Digital, DTS Virtual 5.1, Silent TheatreW x H x D (mm) /Weight (kg): Decoder/amplifier: 302 x 82 x 300 / 4.7Stereo speakers: 125 x 185 x 145 / 1.4 eachCentre speaker: 240 x 100 x 145 / 1.7Rear speakers: 100 x 140 x 112 / 0.7 eachSubwoofer: 200 x 395 x 400 / 10.6Extra: All speakers magnetically shielded



    what is this

    5.1 surround sound with amp. Model Yamaha VS-10.

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    aj_aziz

    5.1 surround sound with amp. Model Yamaha VS-10.



    Sorry im just looking for recommendations on receivers.

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    Bump

    Spend the extra cash and get this one. I know it's well over your budget, but it's worth every penny.

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    thegazman

    Spend the extra cash and get this one. I know it's well over your … Spend the extra cash and get this one. I know it's well over your budget, but it's worth every penny.


    Thats most the budget got on the amp lol ill think about that option.

    Have to agree with Harlzter...

    £60 isn’t going to get you anything good, or even acceptable imo.

    You’re going to have to go upto £100-£120 to secure something better.. Couple of options which would fall into that price range:

    Yamaha RX-V357
    Yamaha RX-V465 (Possibly)

    The reccomendation by thegazman is spot on - it's a cracking AV Receiver for the money.. Find that tough to beat on price.
    Edited by: "spritey" 1st Feb 2011

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    spritey

    Have to agree with Harlzter...£60 isn’t going to get you anything good, or … Have to agree with Harlzter...£60 isn’t going to get you anything good, or even acceptable imo.You’re going to have to go upto £100-£120 to secure something better.. Couple of options which would fall into that price range:Yamaha RX-V357Yamaha RX-V465 (Possibly)The reccomendation by thegazman is spot on - it's a cracking AV Receiver for the money.. Find that tough to beat on price.



    Okay so if i was to spend £100ish what would you personally recommend?

    spritey

    Have to agree with Harlzter...£60 isn’t going to get you anything good, or … Have to agree with Harlzter...£60 isn’t going to get you anything good, or even acceptable imo.You’re going to have to go upto £100-£120 to secure something better.. Couple of options which would fall into that price range:Yamaha RX-V357Yamaha RX-V465 (Possibly)The reccomendation by thegazman is spot on - it's a cracking AV Receiver for the money.. Find that tough to beat on price.



    what a load of poppycock. my first receiver was a pioneer vsx-c402 which was around £60, was really decent too! was slimline, smart looking, plenty power, and had 3 optical inputs!
    If you only running 2.1 you dont need to go all out for hdmi and TrueHD audio etc.
    anything from a known brand with optical inputs and maybe DTS incase you fancy adding a few extra speakers will do the job.

    heres a photo of my old pioneer, that along with the 5 speakers and sub cost me £100 or just under.

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y194/shanecr/DSC04453.jpg

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    shanecr

    what a load of poppycock. my first receiver was a pioneer vsx-c402 which … what a load of poppycock. my first receiver was a pioneer vsx-c402 which was around £60, was really decent too! was slimline, smart looking, plenty power, and had 3 optical inputs! If you only running 2.1 you dont need to go all out for hdmi and TrueHD audio etc. anything from a known brand with optical inputs and maybe DTS incase you fancy adding a few extra speakers will do the job.



    TrueHD would still be worth it for 2.1.

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    How much am i looking to spend on the speakers then?

    MarzBarz

    Okay so if i was to spend £100ish what would you personally recommend?



    Depends what you’re looking for mate..

    I’d recommend going for something with HD sound compatibility, since it you’re going want to expand things over time. With the price difference, it’s definitely worth the extra cash. It’s almost a false economy spending £60 on something which you’ll undoubtedly want to upgrade eventually, you’ll get far more mileage out of something better.

    I’d say an Yamaha RX-V465 is a good buy for £100ish, perhaps a little less.

    I’d personally buy the Yamaha RX-V467 which was recommended – it’s £160 odd and got all the bells and whistles you’re going to need until 4k resolution media comes out.. It may seem like you’re going over budget, but for something that’ll last you 4/5 years.. It’s a bargain.

    shanecr

    what a load of poppycock. my first receiver was a pioneer vsx-c402 which … what a load of poppycock. my first receiver was a pioneer vsx-c402 which was around £60, was really decent too! was slimline, smart looking, plenty power, and had 3 optical inputs! If you only running 2.1 you dont need to go all out for hdmi and TrueHD audio etc. anything from a known brand with optical inputs and maybe DTS incase you fancy adding a few extra speakers will do the job.



    If you want to buy stuff on the cheap, which has old tech.. That’s your prerogative.. i personally prefer to buy things which i’ll get the most value out of over time, rather than try and skimp on the purchase too much.

    MarzBarz

    How much am i looking to spend on the speakers then?



    Depends entirely on the type of sound you want..

    I’d personally recommend Q Acoustic 1010i / 2000 range of bookshelf speakers, both lines have won every award under the sun..

    Then again, if you want a smaller and full 5.1 set, Yamaha NSP285 5.1 set is a cracking buy in Richers currently.. Sign upto VIP and get a £10 voucher aswell, which makes them even more tempting:

    richersounds.com/pro…blk

    Thing i learnt when i first step into the home entertainment properly – don’t skimp.. Try and buy something you’ll be happy with for a long time, that what you get the best out of what you’ve purchased..
    Edited by: "spritey" 1st Feb 2011

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    spritey

    Depends entirely on the type of sound you want..I’d personally recommend Q … Depends entirely on the type of sound you want..I’d personally recommend Q Acoustic 1010i / 2000 range of bookshelf speakers, both lines have won every award under the sun..Then again, if you want a smaller and full 5.1 set, Yamaha NSP285 5.1 set is a cracking buy in Richers currently.. Sign upto VIP and get a £10 voucher aswell, which makes them even more tempting:[url=http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/yamaha/nsp285/yama-nsp285-blk]http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/yamaha/nsp285/yama-nsp285-blk[/url]Thing i learnt when i first step into the home entertainment properly – don’t skimp.. Try and buy something you’ll be happy with for a long time, that what you get the best out of what you’ve purchased..



    I was actually looking into those exact speakers as my first choice. The q acoustics.
    Edited by: "MarzBarz" 1st Feb 2011

    If you think to yourself, for the RX-V467 and Yamaha speakers.. It's going to set you back around £270..

    No major leaps in sound / video technology for a good 4-5 years, since 4K resolution is such a long way off.. DTSHD / TrueHD is going to be the sound standard for even longer.

    RX-V467 has HDMI 1.4, so you're covered for 3D if you eventually dip into that.. All the HD Audio formats and 4 HDMI inputs, which is more than enough for 99% of people.

    Think of it as an investment.. £270 for something which keeps you happy for 4/5 years, is a hell of a good buy.. No doubt though, you'll end up upgrading your speakers in 1-2 years, maybe 7.1 which would require a new AV Receiver.. Which means you've got a perfectly good system you could move to a bedroom, which will still last you for years.

    I have a Yamaha RX-V467 with 5.1 Q Acoustic 1010i setup..

    Equally - i've moved my Yamaha RX-565 upstairs with a pair of Q Acoustic 1010i and Q Acoustic 1000ci centre.. As i've gone 3D downstairs..

    What i loved - my RX-565 is still a fantastic AV Receiver.. Which i was reluctant to sell unless i got a good price, so ending up keeping it and just having a nice setup upstairs.
    Edited by: "spritey" 1st Feb 2011

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    Hmm think i may just buy the amp now and settle for speakers later on when i save up rather than rushing things.

    MarzBarz

    Hmm think i may just buy the amp now and settle for speakers later on … Hmm think i may just buy the amp now and settle for speakers later on when i save up rather than rushing things.



    Wise move.

    I was the same as you when i first ventured into it.

    I went onto avforums asking what i could get for £100 for a good 5.1 setup.. Everyone said my only choice would be a DVD + 5.1 all in one setup, even that wouldn’t meet my needs due to the 4 HDMI devices i wanted to run through it..

    My budget eventually went from £100 to £600, realizing that the RX-V565 and 1010i setup would be the best choice and represented the best value for money. It was a bit of a sting.. I can honestly say – so bloody worth it when i look back now.

    Everyone told me that it wasn't about the amount i spent, because buying audio equipment is not about the cost.. But the value you get out of over time.. They couldn’t be more right.

    If it wasn’t for buying a 3D TV, i’d still be using my RX-V565 downstairs.
    Edited by: "spritey" 1st Feb 2011

    Can't really add much more other than to say, whatever you decide, make sure you get yourself down to your local specialist and listen to it first.
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