Hey Guru's, I am currently looking for a new home theater system. I have narrowed down to 3 systems: Sony: DAV DZ290K, DAV DZ390K and DAV DZ570. My budget is below 20k, and these 3 are within that. Did a product comparison on the Sony site and got even more confused with the specs. My requirements are:
1) Good audio punch for movies as well as for music.
2) Possibility of connecting an external HDD
4) More importantly value for money!
If there are any other products which can be better in this category, would like to know it. Lastly, here is the link showing comparison of the 3 products:
We just bought DZ390K at Sony Showroom for 18,760 (dad knew owner of showroom so extra discount). Actual price is Rs.19,990. In Reliance Digital and other electronic stores, it was Rs.19,500.
Total output of this system is 1000 W RMS (not PMPO). It has quite a lot of features, including USB connectivity (you can connect pen drive, HDD etc) 1080P HDMI out. It also comes with free wall-mounting clamps so that the speakers can be mounted on wall and can swivel in the direction we want. There is a small devise which will calibrate the system for optimum output based on the room it is installed. The wall clamps and calibration will be done by Sony people free of cost. The punch is good too. I am satisfied with the system.
Well I was thinking of getting a Home Theater System but after doing a lot of research, I am still not convinced about my decision. So starting this thread to share your inputs.
I will be using this to primarily connect to my PC (in my siggy) since I do not have and do not wish to add any external DVD player.
My listening preference is 40% music, 40% movies and 20% gaming. I would need a good sub with as perfect as possible reproduction of the lows IN MY BUDGET. I won't listen to it loud but I would want the sub to produce the lows in a refined manner. No jarry thudds and muffled up booms.
Also more of a Jazz lover, i want the strings to sound as perfect as possible (again in my budget :P) so need the satellites to sound warm and mellow, without any artificial tones.
I know its a little tough since the HTs are not really targeted towards music loving audience and especially not in the budget I've mentioned but still I do not want to go for the 2.1 setup since I want to satisfy the other surround needs as well.
Space/budget is a constraint to can't go for bookshelves or towers. :(
Options I have:
* Logitech Z5500D: Good thing for the price but here I am looking a little more than the muddy bass. But for close to 18K this will be my last option. I know people here will suggest me that but somehow this thing doesn't appeal me.
* Onkyo HTS 3100/3200: Very decent systems. The 3100 is available for 20K and the 3200 for 24K (with 3 HMDI Pass-through inputs). They sound fabulous and look like a killer deal. The bass is just perfect but the highs get a little jarry on higher volumes. Still 3200 is the one I like the most.
* Yamaha YTS 195: 24K for the complete setup. Comes with an active sub. Very decent AV receiver but pathetic satellites. Sound wise its comparable to the Onkyo. Would have loved to get this one but the satellites are seriously the downers.
* Onkyo 370 Receiver + Pure Acoustics nano system: Will shoot the budget to close to 30K but this combo sounds better than all. The only gripe is that the sub that comes with the nano package is a puny sub. I wanted to get something more powerful.
* You guys suggest.
* About the HDMI Passthrough: Do I actually need it ? Well my TV already has 3 HDMI inputs. And since the sound has to be routed through the Optical link, whats the use of the HDMI then ? I know we can't talk about the Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD, in this budget. So shouldn't I just stick to the 3100 and be done with it in less than 20K ?
* What combos (Receiver + speakers) do you guys suggest ? Any experiences ?
PS: I can increase the budget to max 30K but only if there is a marginal gain in the sound fidelity. And again this thing will stay with me for more than 3-4 years, at least, and do not want to keep upgrading the stuff. Whatever I'll buy now will stay as it is. So please suggest accordingly.
I just forgot to add, I wanted small satellites since I do not have space for the floor standers. I know its a little tough call since the satellites are mostly crap. Still I would like to have some suggestions on getting a decent speaker system which is small is size and still sound decent.
Please do remember, I have an upper cap of 25K. But I can expand the budget till 30K (absolute threshold point, if the budget crosses this mark, I wont be able to procure one).
Also I am more inclined towards getting the Yamaha Receiver since that one sounds/looks/costs better. Suggestions ?
And I saw somewhere on the net, receivers with USB input. That will be a topping on the cake since I'll prefer using that instead of the front Aux -In.
Last edited by nitin.dangayach : 21st October 2009 at 14:48.
I started with Sony which I purchased for 21K 10 years back. Then over the years I bought a Harmon Kardon (basic model AVR130) and played with sony speakers. I retired the Sony Amp.
After another year I bought the JBL Northridge pair and made the Sony as rear. Another year passed and I purchased Bose 210 and made that as rear, and passed on the whole Sony system to my dad. Lastly I got the Bose VCS10 and Sonodyne sub-woofer. I built my system in about 4 years.
Yes I know it took time, but I guess better late than never !
Only advice is that get a good voltage stabilizer for whatever system you buy. The issue is that system may be fine, but due to voltage fluctuation, your supply circuit of product may go-off. Although companies claim, that the product will have a good regulation, but its always good to invest 3-4K on a good stabilizer.
Sorry to ask, when was this model released? 12K seems too low a price if you are buying a fresh piece in India.
I downloaded the user manual. If its a recent release, I do not see any HDMI interfaces on the device. If you want up/down scaling to be performed by the device for the video, it wont be able to. Does it support 720P/1080P related video formats. I think not. If you plan to use it only for audio related purposes then fine. Its very good bargain. Audio specs seem similar to what I got five years back. Basic amplifier functionality, which is very good.