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    A/V receiver?

    here is what i have in the living room:

    PS3 with HDMI cable - used for games
    Wii with component cables - used for games
    iMac with DVI>HDMI cable - used for TV Shows and Movies
    Phillips 37" LCD TV
    Cable Box (Standard Definition) - rarely used (but needs to be connected)

    Most of my TV shows are in stereo, while the Movies are .MKV files in some form of surround sound. I am now using XBMC for OSX (which currently doesn't down sample to stereo - which is why my audio is only static for Movies).

    I need to get speakers, and I want to be super cheap (like HK$5000 bucks cheap).

    My living room is small, and tight. Due to the spacing, I can't run wires around the walls to get speakers behind me, so I either need wireless (which I'm thinking will be too expensive) or a 2.1 setup (like BOSE Companion 5).

    Can someone recommend the best thing to buy so that it will allow me to connect all my devices and hear everything correctly?


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    no suggestions?


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    if no one has a suggestion for an HDMI AV receiver, then can you at least recommend where to buy this in HK?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BenderBends
    Can someone recommend the best thing to buy so that it will allow me to connect all my devices and hear everything correctly?
    Your question is a little difficult to answer when:

    • A/ Dolby Digital & DTS soundtracks being a minimum 5 discreet channel audio format ( 6 or 7 if Dolby EX or DTS ES is used ) which requires the use of rear speakers.the .1 of the 5.1/6.1 soundtrack being for sub woofer info. 2 channel stereo = 2 discreet channels of audio for example.
    • B/ You want HDMI switching from the av receiver, but as HDMI switching is a relatively new feature, it's currently only supported by known brands within their higher end ranges. Which doesn't exactly fit the budget if you want crisp detailed sound performance for less than $5000.


    You might have to wait a little while for prices to lower and more models to adopt HDMI input switching, or be willing to run some surface mount adhesive backed rectangular skirting board box conduit, then you can run 5 or so metres of rear speaker cable to conventional ( best sounding )rear speakers at left and right hand side of your centred seating position, in relation to your centre channel speaker ( dialogue speaker ) & LCD screen.

    From what I have heard, wireless rear speakers suffer white noise ( hiss during non use ) and have a thin echoey sound when active, and your Bose 3 channel idea isn't the full Dolby Digital / DTS experience, so in my opinion, its detrimental to a proper 5.1/6.1experience. So why bother ?

    If you want to get an idea of whats available, the higher floors of Times Square ( Causeway bay HK Island ) have a number of AV department & specialist Hi Fi stores, might be a good place to start. The Miramar hotel plaza ( cnr of Kimberly road and Nathan road Kowloon ) has a few specialist A/V stores also, for higher end gear like Klipsch speakers and McIntosh amplifiers etc.

    Good luck with all that.
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    thanks...i was reading online that there should be many options with 2 or 3 HDMI inputs and 5.1 or 7.1 for roughly USD$500.

    i guess ill just go look around to see what models they have in my range, and then ill post back for some reviews.


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    Sony's HT-SF2000 looks like very good value for money @ RRP $6000HKD, that model has 3 x HDMI inputs also. In store it could be very close to your $5000 original budget, Pioneer and Panasonic should also have competing models.

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    Here's a very recent review of Sony's latest HT-SF2000, which is very positive. PC World - HTSF2000 - Reviews - Hardware - Home Entertainment - Home Theatre


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    so i was doing more searching around, visited a few shops.
    some places offered a few models ranging from 8K -12K that seemed pretty good for a "higher" (low end) model.

    also..i was told another option is to go with a cheaper model that would only have 1 HDMI input, and then get a HDMI switch (for example Belkin) to connect all the devices too. is this a good way to go?


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    by the way...the HTSF2000 sounds great, and looks perfect for what i need, but in the stores ive seen it listed for 8K. Also, it seems the problem with that model is no composite input, which means no wii hook up.


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    How can it be listed $8000 in store, when Sony HK's website has it listed for $6000RRP ?

    Sony Home AV HT-SF2000 - Sonystyle.com.hk

    I'd give Sony Hong Kong a call and see who they can refer you to, who will at the least sell the product at the correct Recommended Retail Price.

    The DAV-DZ1000 RRP is $8980,Sony Home AV DAV-DZ1000 - Sonystyle.com.hk sure you're not getting the models mixed up ? Although the DAV-DZ1000 is the model i'd go for, looks like a serious piece of kit, but from all the reviews i've read online, the HTSF2000 definitely has the sound quality performance.

    Factoring in the value for money, you cant go wrong with either system. .


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