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Old 12th April 2011, 13:06   #1261
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Thanks and I managed to get hold of the post..for others, here it is again,

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadget...re-system.html (Designing a Home Theatre System)

What about the HT from Sony, LG, Philips? Not worth?
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Old 12th April 2011, 13:54   #1262
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Here are my Home Theatre details. I have a SONY DAV SC-5 HT, BTW I am not using it for the time being - SAD (it is packed inside the box and waiting to open it up and reconnect by around september - due to personal reasons). Picture attached

My Sony DAV SC 5, bought it in 2003 from Europe (Sweden). I had no idea about HTs, and had not seen a HT working at that time in 2003. Sony DAV SC5 was having a very good rating at that time and it won some best seller awards as well in Europe. Took the plunge and I got a deal during Christmas in Sweden, brought it to India, clreared customs by saying 'maa ke liye'. Thank God. Actual cost at that time was around INR 45 K, I can only say that I got a steal deal.

I had customised my first house for the SONY DAV SC 5 HT by providing concealed wiring outside the walls, as there was no provision in the first house to wire through the walls (walls were already done up at that time). The sony cables was good enough and the HT provided an excellent effect. Some technical spec below.
  • Multiregional DVD Home Theatre System
    New slim & stylish design
  • CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW media compatible
    Super Audio CD (SACD) multi-channel playback
  • MP3 Playback on CD-R media
    Jpeg playback and slide show
  • DVD / SACD / CD-Text Function Dolby Digital / DTS 5.1 channel receiver
  • Dolby Pro-Logic II On-screen Menu
  • RDS FM / AM Tuner
    S-Master Full Digital Amplifier
  • Program, Shuffle, Repeat-Function
    Total power output: 550W
  • 5 x 90W satellite speakers + 100W Subwoofer
    Color coded speaker terminals for easy set-up
  • RGB SCART output
    Composite video output:
    2 x Video input
  • Composite audio output:
    2 x Audio input Optical Digital Audio input
Experience: AMAZING is my words of explaining it. I am very happy with its performance, effect and output. It is really good enough VFM for an HT. Sadly they are not available anymore, some new models are available fom Sony. Good thing about Sony is its research and attention to detail, at that time in 2003 they brought the universal remote concept (HT remote could function as common remote for TV and HT), they also provided customisation by specifying the distance from the seating position to each speakers then the HT automatically provides the best output, also we can test each speakers functioning properly and wired correctly. I can also customise/rotate speakers (FR/FL & RR/RL) without physically changing it, just configure on my HT remote. Some of these features I couldnt find in any HTs. The HT was even connected to the Cable TV in my house at that time and I could watch channels in a different audio experience all together. With regular channels I admit that there are no HT effects but sound quality was way above the TV speaker audio. While moving to my new house I made sure that the wiring is altered to have concealed wiring for HT speakers, I am happy with that.

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Old 12th April 2011, 23:19   #1263
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What about the HT from Sony, LG, Philips? Not worth?

Last time I looked (couple of years back), Phillips was best among the names you mention.

Times and models have changed.

But given the horrid sound quality (not loudness) I have experienced I prefer to get a system from a specialised maker. Till then, I will stick to my sub 1K stereo computer speaker.

Till couple of weeks back, I have been using a Sony "component system" (the thingie with detachable speakers) to listen to sound from a CRT TV; but that is several ages behind sound from the built in speakers of the current Haier LCD TV.

Honestly, the Nokia X2 (and the XpressMusic before that) mobile phone, when put in a suitable pot / glass / vessel gives better sound than that Sony thingie.

The only limitation is that KL seems to treat audiophiles as second class citizens - retailers dealing with good audio brands are non-existent here. Best dealer net work seems to be from Yamaha, with JBL coming next. I have not yet gone out for an audition though. I will need to save up for another 2-3 months (or the stock market should book 2-3Xs) before being able to afford a decent sound system.
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Old 12th April 2011, 23:56   #1264
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i want to buy audio system for my bedroom(size 22*12 feet)help me guys which one is to go for..budget 25k.doesnt matter even if it doesnt play CD/DVD.but USB/FM is must.

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I guess you are looking for something like this:-

Intex Technologies : Computer Peripherals

there are quite a few listings in ebay for 8 to 5 K.
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I currently have the following set-up

1. LG 32 inch LCD
2. Western Digital Media Player

Both are connected via an HDMI cable.

The sound output via LCD speakers is pathetic, to say the least. Hence I need good 5.1 speakers. But since I'm constrained for budget (I don't wish to spend more than 12k), I cant think of receiver + speakers?

The other thing I figured was a HTiB option. So I found the following options :
1. Philips Home Theatre HTS3181 - Buy Philips Home Theatre HTS3181 at Best Price in India
2. Sony DAV-TZ210 - Buy Sony DAV-TZ210 at Best Price in India
3. Panasonic SC-PT75 - Buy Panasonic Home Theatre SC-PT75 at Best Price in India

But will this connect to my WD Media Player?
(As in LCD->HDMI cable->HTiB->HDMI cable->WDTV media Player)

The other output from WDTV media player is TOSlink. Please keep this in mind while recommending.

What are my options?

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nishantgandhi -

I doubt you can. Last time I visited such brands, they did not have HDMI input, The Phillips model you mentioned cannot be located on Phillips India site. It is probably obsolete. Even the current models do not have HDMI input.

The models you mention are basically DVD/LCD/BluRay players + speakers; and the power mentioned is usually PMPO; not in RMS. None of them can amplify / process any kind of input. They play media sources - just like the WD device does.

Also, IIRC, the WD device requires an a/v receiver to playback 5.1 sound. Saying this from memory, not sure though. Does it have six nos of analogue audio outputs? I doubt.
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What are my options?
1. Buy a 5.1 Speaker system with Digital Input E.g. :

eBay India: Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System Z5500 2YR + BILL (item 170621305475 end time 27-Apr-2011 19:29:56 IST)

2. If you get Receiver from US, buy a 5.1 receiver in 160 - 250 USD range and pick up second hand speakers in India

3. For now, just attach a 2.1 system to audio-out of TV.
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....Also, IIRC, the WD device requires an a/v receiver to playback 5.1 sound. Saying this from memory, not sure though. Does it have six nos of analogue audio outputs? I doubt.
You are correct. I read it on some forum. It indeed requires an AV receiver to playback 5.1 sound
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1. Buy a 5.1 Speaker system with Digital Input E.g. :

eBay India: Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System Z5500 2YR + BILL (item 170621305475 end time 27-Apr-2011 19:29:56 IST)

2. If you get Receiver from US, buy a 5.1 receiver in 160 - 250 USD range and pick up second hand speakers in India

3. For now, just attach a 2.1 system to audio-out of TV.
1. Is Z 5500 still selling? I heard its phased out? Any other equivalent (but cheaper) model to this?
2. Which will be a budget receiver to get? If I go via the Ebay Global Easy Buy route, can I get a decent receiver+5.1 speaker package within 15-20k?
3. Please suggest some good 2.1 brans in that case?

to all - the question I guess is - what port to look out for when comparing speakers/receivers? It should have HDMI OUT, right? That's how I'll be able to connect the WDTV na?

EDIT: How would these be?
http://cgi.ebay.in/Edifier-DA5000-PR...item2eb48862e3

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1. Is Z 5500 still selling? I heard its phased out? Any other equivalent (but cheaper) model to this?
Its stock is still available with retailers. For best prices you will have to troll Lamington road.

DO take WD TV along to test if Optical out of WD TV works fine with Optical in of this speaker.

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2. Which will be a budget receiver to get? If I go via the Ebay Global Easy Buy route, can I get a decent receiver+5.1 speaker package within 15-20k?

3. Please suggest some good 2.1 brans in that case?
Shipping is too costly. Only way is to carry it as part of baggage. Global buy costs start from 20k for receivers.

Regarding 2.1, listen to speakers in PC shops / Hypercity/ Croma. Look at speakers in 2k - 5k range.


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to all - the question I guess is - what port to look out for when comparing speakers/receivers? It should have HDMI OUT, right? That's how I'll be able to connect the WDTV na?
Receiver must have HDMI IN OR Optical In. HDMI Out from WD TV can go to Receiver or to TV (for video).

HDMI / Optical out from WD would go to Receiver / Speaker system (for audio).

Useless since it does not have HDMI or Optical in.


OTOH, if you are planning to spend 20k, spend 3k more and buy Yamaha Receiver + Speaker package.
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Has anyone had any experience with the Violet 3D from snap networks? Here is the link:violet3d.com. It is a Bangalore based company and read a very favorable review of the system in AV Mag 3 - 4 months back
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After much fiddling with this thread, finalized to go with the reputed ones. Where in Chennai we can get to see all/some of these brands, like Onkyo, Yamaha, JBL ??

Along with this, I got the approval for my PS3 with Move bundle too from my home ministry
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HI Guys,
Before you plunge into buying a HT from companies like sony,philips,LG, samsung, panasonic etc do look at the magazine whathifi etc available at any leading book stores. There you would get to know what is hifi HT and what are they worth capable of. It helped me immensely as this magazine is of international repute and the prices are mentioned in Indian currency. The reason I am mentioning rhis is my close friend took a plunge think PMPO as the only factor and now he repents when he does not gets the clear sound at low volumes. Onkyos Denons yamaha marantz Cambridge are some professional brands worth looking for.

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^^^^ hey, there are 3-4 threads on this forum dealing with HT systems (this one, samurai's thread on designing a thread, a thread on Bose, and another on availability of some brand).

There is very good gyan on this forum itself; why bother spending another 50 bucks or so?

BTW, I felt that diameter of the drivers do matter, and I should stick to 4inch or bigger drivers for good quality sound. Means at least rise of 10K in my budget.

And, no Pioneer users here? Not even negative feedback?
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Please suggest a 2.1 speaker system for my TV. It has a stereo output. I would prefer using it since too many inputs come to TV.

The idea is to get a better bass and theater like sound. We are not much into music/movies so the need is minimalistic.

This is what I have.
http://www.vizio.com/vo370m.html
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