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    I was thinking of buying my boyfriend surround sound for our telly for xmas.

    I know nothing about these things. Can anyone enlighten me as to whats needed?

    We have a tesco Technosonic 32inch HD ready LCD TV, an Xbox 360 Elite (which has the HD cable into the telly), a sky box and a seperate sony dvd player (but mostly we play dvds through the xbox now.)

    Any help on prices and what type i need will be much appreciated

    thanks

    30 Comments

    What's your budget?

    Original Poster

    good point.

    Not much is the answer. Maybe up to £150.

    Am i being unrealistic?

    thanks

    Hey

    I can help with this if you tell me a few things...

    1.) What kind of system do you want? 2.1? 5.1? Higher?

    2.) Do you care about Dolby Digital or will you settle for virtual surround sound?

    Original Poster

    KieranG

    Hey :)I can help with this if you tell me a few things...1.) What kind of … Hey :)I can help with this if you tell me a few things...1.) What kind of system do you want? 2.1? 5.1? Higher? :)2.) Do you care about Dolby Digital or will you settle for virtual surround sound?



    Hmm i'm not sure as I don't really know anything. I would prefer Dolby Digital, we have quite a big room too. I dont know that 2.1 or 5.1 means but the boyf is quite into this kind of thing so i guess the best i can get for the budget is good.

    If you could explain it to me too it would be great. Like can the xbox, sky and dvd all be hooked up? i dont know what sockets we have in the telly but im guessing its not the greatest as its 'technosonic!'

    thanks for your help

    hifibitz.co.uk/pro…119

    Something like that would be good.

    Probably cheaper else where.

    7stone4

    good point.Not much is the answer. Maybe up to £150.Am i being … good point.Not much is the answer. Maybe up to £150.Am i being unrealistic?thanks



    If you can run to £200 then the following kit might be worth a look:

    richersounds.com/sho…361

    richersounds.com/sho…110

    I've got a large home theatre set-up and use a Yamaha receiver.
    It's never let me down and sounds great.

    Doh!...Above post beat me to it!

    Original Poster

    hehe that set up must be good...two people just recommended the exact same system!

    Not sure about £200 though, he is gonna kill me for spending £150 let alone £200!

    Hey again 7stone

    2.1 means there are two speakers and one subwoofer.
    5.1 means there are five speakers and one subwoofer.

    You say it's a big room so defiantly 5.1...

    To hook up all of your stuff (xbox, sky, dvd) you'll need one of two things...

    1.) An optical port on your TV; most modern TV's have them but I would check first just incase! If it does you're in luck as this is the easiest method

    2.) An AV receiver/decoder which your speakers plug into, and then your hardware plugs into the different sockets on it so all of them get sound.

    You can get speakers with a built decoder (which is required if you want dolby digital anyway) for a reasonable price...

    Here is what I'm going to get in a week or two:

    ebuyer.com/pro…753

    Slightly over budget but a top set, there are over 100 reviews for it on ebuyer!

    ebuyer.com/pro…478 is cheaper and also has a built in decoder, this would be fine too
    Check the reviews, people love it!

    Here's a quote "You can have up to 4 analog inputs, 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input. It also has a headphones connection to top it all off."

    That means you can connect all of your stuff to it with no problem, you can have upto 7 things connected, plenty!

    Original Poster

    KieranG - thanks for that, the reviews for both of those are really good.

    One other thing, i can't mount anything to the walls as we rent our flat. How would you position these around the room...just put them on the floor or do they need to be 'ear height?'.

    This really is a maze!

    They'd be fine on the floor but it would be better at ear height yes
    You can buy stands to put them on, which would probably also look nicer than leaving them just on the floor.
    Think Argos sell them, not sure!

    Original Poster

    KieranG

    They'd be fine on the floor but it would be better at ear height yes … They'd be fine on the floor but it would be better at ear height yes :)You can buy stands to put them on, which would probably also look nicer than leaving them just on the floor.Think Argos sell them, not sure!



    Brillo!!

    I might go for the £100 ones, look vvvv good.

    I shall have a look again after lunch

    thank you so much

    No problem :-D

    Original Poster

    Well i looked at the back of the telly this morning and i could see

    2 x scart
    1 x YPbPr (i think this is what its called)
    1 xPC in
    1 xHDMI
    1 xS-video

    Do i have the right connections for that Ebuyer system?

    thanks

    hi have you decided on anything yet? i bought a 5 speaker 5.1 surround sound system the make is ministry of sound. the 4 speakers are build into ear level stands and the 5th speaker can sit on the tv stand.the sub woofer just needs to be somewhere near the tv this give the bass type sounds and comes with a remote.its all silver and its a cracking set up for the princely sum of £99.99.if your interested let me know and i will give you more details. if you have an optical connection on anything then even better

    You could go for the logitech Z-5500 system Its ~£180 But it really is a lot better then anything else you can get for that pricerange. I really recomend it!

    comparestoreprices.co.uk/aud…asp


    this is the system i got for £99.99 it is excellent value and looks great for £99.99. the floor speakers are about 4foot tall its a great kit and so easy to set up. if you want more info where to get it let me know

    If you can up your budget, get the Yamaha set (off richer posted earlier) or the 5500 as advised is very good too. I've read nothing but +ve reviews

    Original Poster

    Arcueid

    You could go for the logitech Z-5500 system Its ~£180 But it really is a … You could go for the logitech Z-5500 system Its ~£180 But it really is a lot better then anything else you can get for that pricerange. I really recomend it!



    Unfortunatly I cannot up my budget as we are pretty hard up this xmas. I am thinking about the ebuyer cheaper one but i need someone to confirm my telly has the right connections (see my earlier post). That MOS one looks nice but im not convinced that it would be as good as the ebuyer one.

    can you post the ebuyer link please? (to avoid any errors)

    Original Poster

    alchemistkevin

    can you post the ebuyer link please? (to avoid any errors)




    ebuyer.com/pro…478

    and my telly has the following connections

    2 x scart
    1 x YPbPr (i think this is what its called)
    1 xPC in
    1 xHDMI
    1 xS-video

    Original Poster

    7stone4

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/94478and my telly has the following … http://www.ebuyer.com/product/94478and my telly has the following connections2 x scart1 x YPbPr (i think this is what its called)1 xPC in1 xHDMI1 xS-video:)


    Bump! Any (more) help would be great

    We need to know what audio outputs your equipment has? The speaker package has one line in (look for:L+R OUT,one RED phono and one White phono) Two optical inputs (look for:OPTICAL or a socket with a plastic bung in it or a mini spring loaded flap) and one digital coaxial(look for COAXIAL, DIGITAL OUT, will be a phono plug type)

    If still not sure post the model numbers for the equipment you have and I will look into it for you.

    Original Poster

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    We need to know what audio outputs your equipment has? The speaker … We need to know what audio outputs your equipment has? The speaker package has one line in (look for:L+R OUT,one RED phono and one White phono) Two optical inputs (look for:OPTICAL or a socket with a plastic bung in it or a mini spring loaded flap) and one digital coaxial(look for COAXIAL, DIGITAL OUT, will be a phono plug type)If still not sure post the model numbers for the equipment you have and I will look into it for you.



    My equipment? Do you mean my tv coz i just said about that! I'm really confused now, i can't see anything on the telly that says optical or digital out.

    Seriously, im not normally this dumb with tech stuff!

    sorry I missed out your earlier post - the ports that you have mentioned are input ports (input to the TV) what you need is ports that can output to the speakers.

    Can you see any more on there? (behind the telly probably)

    Original Poster

    alchemistkevin

    sorry I missed out your earlier post - the ports that you have mentioned … sorry I missed out your earlier post - the ports that you have mentioned are input ports (input to the TV) what you need is ports that can output to the speakers. Can you see any more on there? (behind the telly probably)



    hmm i'm not sure, i am at work at the moment so will have a look later and get back to you. Its a new lcd telly so im sure it must have these ports even though it was quite cheap.

    On the tv look for 2 phono outputs should look like thishttp://www.cutpricecables.co.uk/images/phonosockets2.jpg

    If not you will have to get the audio by splitting the scart signal.

    Would be best if you post the brand and model number from the tv.(will be on a sticker on back of tv)

    Original Poster

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    On the tv look for 2 phono outputs should look like thisIf not you will … On the tv look for 2 phono outputs should look like thisIf not you will have to get the audio by splitting the scart signal.Would be best if you post the brand and model number from the tv.(will be on a sticker on back of tv)



    Ah cool thanks, i think i have that. Yeah it was the cheap 32" tesco tv by Technosonic, i think the model number is LCD3251 but i will double check tonight.

    Just a bit of side advice.

    If

    a) you know as much / as little as my girlfriend knows about technology

    and

    b) your boyfriend is a bit geeky / nerdy like myself about these kind of things

    he'd probably prefer to be able to review tv/sound mags and select the set-up that he thinks is best.

    maybe buy him some vouchers for richer sounds instead.

    its a nice thing you're doing, but just thought i would add my two pence worth

    I agree with you bailey87 but to add another dimension to this mind-rattling prospect (non-geeky girl looking to please a geeky guy with a techy gift!) I think she's got her eyes on a good one. As long as she knows what he needs/will like and it's similiar to the specs on the ebuyer one she's looking at - almost all the reviews rate it very good.

    Original Poster

    bailey87

    Just a bit of side advice.Ifa) you know as much / as little as my … Just a bit of side advice.Ifa) you know as much / as little as my girlfriend knows about technologyand b) your boyfriend is a bit geeky / nerdy like myself about these kind of thingshe'd probably prefer to be able to review tv/sound mags and select the set-up that he thinks is best.maybe buy him some vouchers for richer sounds instead.its a nice thing you're doing, but just thought i would add my two pence worth



    I like your style!!

    But don't worry i do know quite a lot about technology but just not surround sound. He isn't too geeky but i know he will love it and i'm pretty sure the ebuyer one will be great. Also i don't think he would be able to find one better for the budget than the ebuyer one.
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