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    I bought my brother's old amp, 3 optical inputs, 1 coax digital, use harmony 600 remote off ebay to switch between hifi, pc, bluray, or tv. hdmi into tv, digital audio out from pc, bluray, tv, hifi.

    HDMI will do multi channel uncompressed audio, digital optical/coax will only do multi channel compressed, so hdmi into tv and then optical out from tv won't work, and the tv won't recompress the audio.

    Will an hdmi switching amp cope with hdmi n+1?

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    Go for the sony one for now start off small and save up for a better kit in a year or 2. I started off with an all in one and was a sony DVD one some years ago (8years or so ago) about 4 year ago I spent 2.5K+ on all new kit!!! And I'm still going wow every time I buy a new film, You just can't beet rumble of a 300W active sub... Looking for a new TV next year and maybe a new AV amp. You'll need some stands of your not put them on the wall?

    Amazon.co.uk: speaker stands

    You'll love the sony all in one as it's a good starter setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    ditto bought all sorts from them over the years and never had any issues. Bought a sony pvr from them and it was utter pap (it couldnt reliably record) took it back got a refund and got what i should of got in the 1st place but i was hoping being sony it would use the same remote as the tv but it was just something badged as a sony. Even just go in to one and ask the people there know what they are on about (unlike say pc world) and give them a budget and some requirements they will try and come up with something in that price bracket if they can
    Absolutely, can't recommend them highly enough. Used both the Watford and Milton Keynes branches and the same excellent service in both.

    Funny.......I have a Sony sub (the model escapes me) and it's plenty good enough for the living-room in my one-bed flat.

    I had it cranked up while the flat downstairs was empty, but when the new tenants moved in, they mentioned that it was a bit loud, so being the Considerate Neighbour that I am, I turned it down.

    A little bit. Don't want to be too considerate.

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    if you purchase Bi-Pole or Di-Pole Speakers (for better surround) they wall mount so you don't need stands / shelves. A good stand costs too much anyway. The Wharfdale Diamond 10.DFS comes recommended but I've not heard them myself. These Bi-Pole speakers need to be mounted at 90 Degrees to the screen. You can in the future buy a second pair for the 7.1 (Rear side and Rear back) later.

    Remember that surround speakers should be no higher than 1 meter above listening level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    if you purchase Bi-Pole or Di-Pole Speakers (for better surround) they wall mount so you don't need stands / shelves. A good stand costs too much anyway. The Wharfdale Diamond 10.DFS comes recommended but I've not heard them myself. These Bi-Pole speakers need to be mounted at 90 Degrees to the screen. You can in the future buy a second pair for the 7.1 (Rear side and Rear back) later.

    Remember that surround speakers should be no higher than 1 meter above listening level.
    I was't talking about if he get the sony all in one he'll need stands if he was not going to put on wall.

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    I'm after floor speakers all round so I can hide the wires, any downside to this?

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    I have one of these:

    Sony STRDH520 Black | AV Receiver | Richer Sounds

    Very nice, and will do just what you want. Highly recommended.

    I also managed to pick up an excellent condition active subwoofer to go with this on eBay locally for 22 and it rocks!

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    I have always got Onkyo systems in the reviews they normally get 8 to 10 out of 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    I'm after floor speakers all round so I can hide the wires, any downside to this?
    No downside. but how much you wanting to spend at the end of the day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    I'm after floor speakers all round so I can hide the wires, any downside to this?
    This is my problem, anyone recommend wireless surround sound system? Room is about 20 foot by 12 foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w-clarke101 View Post
    No downside. but how much you wanting to spend at the end of the day?
    No set budget really. I've just bought my first house so anything I buy will be lasting and decent quality so don't mind splashing a bit of cash here there.
    In fact, measured the space where I'd like the front speakers to go and 6-7inch wide speakers would be perfect, if I can get quality speakers that narrow...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikChillin View Post
    This is my problem, anyone recommend wireless surround sound system? Room is about 20 foot by 12 foot.
    you'll still going to a cable to power them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by w-clarke101 View Post
    you'll still going to a cable to power them!
    Batteries maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikChillin View Post
    This is my problem, anyone recommend wireless surround sound system? Room is about 20 foot by 12 foot.
    Is there carpet's in the room where the system is going? If so can always hide most of the wires under carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w-clarke101 View Post
    Is there carpet's in the room where the system is going? If so can always hide most of the wires under carpet.
    No, that's why I prefer wireless.

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