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General Chat Thread, Home Cinema - Confused!!! in General; Alright chaps! I have a Samsung LED TV that I want to get nice surround sound for. Scenario: I have ...
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    Home Cinema - Confused!!!

    Alright chaps!

    I have a Samsung LED TV that I want to get nice surround sound for.
    Scenario: I have a media PC and a PC going into the TV via HDMI, lovely stuff.
    So now I need decent sound. I assume I should use the optical out from TV to an Amp with some nice speakers?
    Been looking at Home Cinema Systems that come with Blue Ray players also but many don't have optical, they have HDMI instead, but mine are being used for PS3 and PC...
    So what really should I be looking for?

    I like this but sure if I can connect everything? HT-E4550 3D Blu-ray 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System - Samsung UK - TECH SPECS

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    and cheers for any info

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    Budget? Room size?

    An AV amp should be able to deal with multiple HDMI sources and spit out HDMI to the TV. So BR/DVD, Sat, Audio, PC etc into AV Amp which spits out a nice sound and feeds whatever signal the TV requires via HDMI.
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    do you need a blu-ray player as your Ps3 has one?

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    £200-£300 I reckon. It's my brothers PS3 and I;m not sure how long he's sticking around, I'm not particularly fussed about the Blu Ray, some have them just as part of the bundle....

    Edit: here's the spec of my TVhttp://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/t...H5000KXXU-spec

    Ta!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    Budget? Room size?

    An AV amp should be able to deal with multiple HDMI sources and spit out HDMI to the TV. So BR/DVD, Sat, Audio, PC etc into AV Amp which spits out a nice sound and feeds whatever signal the TV requires via HDMI.
    So I shall look for an AV amp with a few HDMI Ports?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    AI assume I should use the optical out from TV to an Amp with some nice speakers?
    Unlikely to work I'm afraid - the optical out on TV's only tends to be stereo, even with a surround capable input (such as HDMI).

    As for the home entertainment systems, many of those drive the surround themselves but don't have any inputs for other devices (the one you linked to has a single optical input. You can get splitters, but having gone that route I'd say just do it right from the start for an easy life)

    Ideally, you want a home cinema amp with enough HDMI inputs for all your gear. These will have a single HDMI output to your TV and will handle all the switching between sources themselves, as well as being capable of receiving the surround signal from your devices. Usually this will involve buying an amp and speakers separate. Onkyo are well rated but expensive, Sony are also good and fairly priced.

    The real question is, how much do you want to spend? As with just about anything in audio, you really do get what you pay for. You can do what I did and buy a cheapo surround system and various splitters (and suffer audible hiss and unconvincing surround sound), or go the whole hog and get a proper home cinema amp and decent speakers. The latter would be my choice in hind sight.

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    I think for £200-£300 you are in the territory of either integrated systems such as the one you linked to, or scrounging around for second hand AV amp, speakers and sub. The latter would be more flexible if you want to upgrade it over time.

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    May I recommend a reputable seller and brand for £139 (a bargain) Denon HDMI AV Reciever.

    Denon AVR1513 Black | AV Receiver | Richer Sounds

    I havent heard this reciever but Denon is a good make, and Richersounds is a good seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    I think for £200-£300 you are in the territory of either integrated systems such as the one you linked to, or scrounging around for second hand AV amp, speakers and sub. The latter would be more flexible if you want to upgrade it over time.
    No need to be scrounging around for second hand with that budget.

    Sony PAH01844 | 5.1 Package System inc Speakers including Blu-ray Player | Richer Sounds

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    Personally I like Logitechs -

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004MY4PU..._df_B004MY4PU6

    My brother had a set of these and they were very good. I'm currently using some very similar old Yamaha PC speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    May I recommend a reputable seller and brand for £139 (a bargain) Denon HDMI AV Reciever.

    Denon AVR1513 Black | AV Receiver | Richer Sounds

    I havent heard this reciever but Denon is a good make, and Richersounds is a good seller.
    Good find, just be aware that one has only 3 HDMI - fine for now with your PC, Media Centre and PS3, but no room for expansion...

    If your budget can stretch, this looks to be a fantastic bundle to get you started: Creative Audio CA-HC1-BB Home Cinema System (Onkyo TX-NR414 Black + Boston SoundWare XS 5.1 SE Gloss Black + Free £110 cable bundle + Free 9 page Creative Audio Quickstart Guide). 2 Year Guarantee + Free next working day delivery (most mainland UK ad

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    +1 For Richer Sounds. I would add that the advantage of an AV amp is that you:

    a. Get to use far less cables (HDMI all the way) - apart from the speakers of course and...
    b. You can not only output sound to your speakers, but will have the option to just use the TV speakers if need be.

    A quick point to when looking for an AV amp as well. Just be sure it have been reported as having decent music playback as some can be very video/movie sound orientated and have 'flat' music playback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    No need to be scrounging around for second hand with that budget.

    Sony PAH01844 | 5.1 Package System inc Speakers including Blu-ray Player | Richer Sounds
    +1 - that looks to be a fantastic little set up for the money

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