Surround Sound System help, please!

Found 1st Sep 2009
Well people, after taking advantage of the Samsung 50" plasma deal on here, and hoping it will arrive later this week, i will now begin my hunt for a decent sound system.

Quite honestly, i know nout about these, or what to look for. Don't know is a complete system better, or buy seperates, or what.

So, any advice, or tips would be welcome, as don't know where to start.

Only thing worth noting is, i will use it for PS3, and blu-ray's, and ideally would have digital optical connection, else HDMI i guess.

Not spending crazy money on one, but would have a couple of hundred pound to spend, if need be, on 'correct' one.

Thanks.

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dont think you connect hdmi to a sound system

optical is a must

my tip would be to search out local ebay auctions.

got a teac surround amp for £20 (new £300) and a Sony 100W subwoofer for £20 (new £100 which it was!)

then used my hi-fi speakers for the left / right channels

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csiman;6176293

dont think you connect hdmi to a sound systemoptical is a mustmy tip … dont think you connect hdmi to a sound systemoptical is a mustmy tip would be to search out local ebay auctions.got a teac surround amp for £20 (new £300) and a Sony 100W subwoofer for £20 (new £100 which it was!)then used my hi-fi speakers for the left / right channels



Lol, shows my knowledge then, haha!

Think was because i was thinking about some systems that have Blu-Ray players, therefore connect to TV via HDMI, for video and audio.

That said, don't want/need a blu-ray player, as PS3 will do, lol!

Thanks for reply though, and are there any makes i should look out for regarding amps and subwoofers, and also any important details, spec wise?

Thanks.

i started off with a cheap receiver from ebay, moved to a denon that takes audio via hdmi and upscales, i have my sky hd, my ps3 and my wii all plugged in to it, and they all output via one hdmi to my tv, and obviously send the sound to my connected speakers.


edit: your best bet would be to ask on AvForums,

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shanecr;6176386

i started off with a cheap receiver from ebay, moved to a denon that … i started off with a cheap receiver from ebay, moved to a denon that takes audio via hdmi and upscales, i have my sky hd, my ps3 and my wii all plugged in to it, and they all output via one hdmi to my tv, and obviously send the sound to my connected speakers.edit: your best bet would be to ask on AvForums,



Thanks mate.

I have seen someone else asked on AV Forums, lol, hence why i thought i'd ask here, and watch both threads, lol!

Cheers.

R0N4LD;6176415

Thanks mate.I have seen someone else asked on AV Forums, lol, hence why i … Thanks mate.I have seen someone else asked on AV Forums, lol, hence why i thought i'd ask here, and watch both threads, lol!Cheers.



lol, good idea, though you will no doubt have em tell you to spend £300 on an amp then same again on front speakers. its crazy.
you could easily get an amp with optical inputs for £100 and easily get some budget speakers for £100. less even, my initial set up was a pioneer amp with 3 optical inputs with DTS support,that cost £55 and i spent £50 on a full set of 5.1 speakers that included an active sub, 4 bookshelf speakers and a centre.
Just careful scouring and bidding on ebay.

Original Poster

Lol, yeah, just seen a Pioneer amp on eBay, but dunno if any good, lol!

Also, someone did mention on AV Forums about guys budget probably would have to be upped to £300 - £400, lol!

Cheers.

I went for a soundbar as I didn't think my gf would want cables all over the living room

Original Poster

Was that the one from Play or something, that you had mentioned in TV thread?

If so, you received it? Could maybe give feedback to its suitablility when you get it all set up ;-) lol!

Cheers.

Have a look at some of the Sony dedicated all-in-one Home Cinema systems. I picked up a brand new HT-SS1100 system about a year ago from ebay for £90 and it's a fantastic piece of kit (it's got 2 HDMI in and one out, but no repeater). I've got it connected to SKY HD (via optical), PS3 (via optical), Blu Ray Player (via coaxial) and Wii (via stereo).

You usually find that people get them free with the larger Bravia TVs, and then decide to sell them on.
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