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15-08-2003, 01:49 PM
I have the current following setup:-
28" Tv (standard not W/S)
Good quality VHS & DVD (Panasonic & Pioneer respectivly)
Good quality HiFi (Pioneer)
Current setup is:-
DVD, Video and Digibox all route through a Scart Switch (HOLDAN 4 Way Scart Automatic Switching Box SVS-300)
Digibox connected to Video
All Scart connected.
Audio output of Scart Switch goes to HiFi AUX input.
Scart switch Scart output to AV1 on TV.
This provides a system where the SCART input is automatically the last device switched on and gives better audio than TV via the HiFi.
Now wanting to move towards DTS on the audio.
Can anyone suggest a simple AV receiver that would seamlessly integrate with the set up I cueerntly have? Ideally the output from the scart switch providing the input to the AV receiver for ioutput in 5:1 or 6:1.
Thanks in anticipation
19-08-2003, 10:22 PM
What sort of budget did you have for the amp Mike?
20-08-2003, 08:14 AM
I didn't have a set figure in mind but was thinking on the lines of a couple of hundred pounds with speakers extra. Is this sufficient?
Not being an expert, I just wanted to be able to listen to DVD movies with great sound and listen to CDs too. Having been to a friends house where he had a 'Home Cinema' set up (one of the out of the box systems) it sounded so much beter than pumping it through a HiFi system.
I came upon this group by chance and really need advice as to which way to go. I am pleased with the DVD player performance and with my HiFi so would prefer not to junk them to make the step up if possible.
If you could supply me with some options, (including speaker advice too please) I will at least have somewhere to start.
Thanks for your time.
20-08-2003, 08:45 AM
Mike, at that budget I'd would suggest something like:
Amp: Marantz SR4200 (£130) or Denon AVR1602 (£150)
Speakers: 3 pairs of Kef Cresta 1 (total £120) or 3 pairs of Mission M71i (total £150).
Either way, that'd give you very respectable surround sound to add to your DVD player at £300 or less. You may even be able to do a better deal if you can get away with splitting one pair of speakers so that you get the 5 you need rather than 6. Or you could offer the spare speaker on eBay or a forum like this and maybe find someone who's moving to 6.1 who's after a single speaker and make a few quid back that way.
Of course, once you've done the above, you'll then have to start saving for a subwoofer... oh yes, believe me, it never ends :D~:-D~:grin:
Let us know how you get on with your system and what you end up going for :thumbup:
20-08-2003, 10:37 AM
Welcome to the wonderful world of home cinema.
Please note that when you want to have 5.1 or 6.1 sound either in DTS or Dolby Digital it will NOT be carried via the scart cable. So the setup you have got with the scart switcher may have to change.
The digital signals are only carried via your DVD player on either the optical or coax digital output. As such you will have to connect these seperately to the amplifier of your choice that can accept those inputs. For example the models that Juboy mentioned.
As such the switching will not longer be as straightforward. Which means you are left with two choices.
1. Keep the scart switcher and put the analog outputs (red and white) into the amplifier on one input. And the digital output from the dvd in the dvd input of the amplifier. That way you will have to 'tell' the amplifier which input you want to listen to.
2. Alternatively you can input all devices directly into the amplifier including video signals but you will have to use different cables than your scart. This is where it can get tricky. I do not know your television and your skills knowledge but to be honest I would be surprised if you use RGB inputs via scart into the television considering it is a 4:3 model and you have you vcr connected to it as well. As such you can just use composite connections from all your devices (yellow for video, white and red for audio) but no white and red for the dvd as you will use digital....That way everything can be switched via the amplifier juboy mentioned.
20-08-2003, 12:09 PM
I was given this link as a place to start understanding what home cinema was all about. http://www.dolby.com/ht/
My advice based on starting in to this about 15 months ago is read plenty, ask questions as people are only too pleased to help and listen/try before you buy anything!
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oh yes, believe me, it never ends :lol:
Couldn't agree more, I found it easier to stop smoking than stop planning my next upgrade. Plasma, TFT, AX10i or MC-8 or MC-12, decisions, decisions......
This hobby can seriously damage your wealth! :lol:
20-08-2003, 12:40 PM
Thanks to all for responses.
I will check out the items you suggested. Will repost when decision & purchases made.
Could I perhaps keep the existing SCART switch (I like not having to switch channels.... just turn on and play!), and cable Audio outputs to the amp. Then if I want serious audio (not really needed when the wife watches Coronation St!) I turn on the amp and select the imnput I want? Would that work? But I will be looking at Juboys suggestions regarding AMp so I may decide to use the AMP as the switch.
Paulfd..... Yes.. I thought it might have wallet shinking properties.
20-08-2003, 01:51 PM
To answer your question, you can indeed. So when you do that you only have to do it for the DVD player when you want 'serious' surround sound.
In that case don't forget to mute the television speakers as it will give a kind of a strange effect...
I couldn't agree more with the other posters, read a lot and just ask the question if you don't know or certain. These forums also have great search facilities and don't forget we all had to start at one stage...Unfortunately when I started the Internet forums weren't there yet so it was much more difficult to learn from others....
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