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post #1 of 21
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Hi all, I hope this is in the correct part of the forums, I know there is a grey area between home audio and hifi etc

Been a bit confused and need some quick help, I was going to get this Sony HTIB but in another thread a few people pointed me away and towards a seperates build.

One of the av recievers recommended to me instead to buy is a Sony STRDH500, which I was told in terms of audio quality (dependant on the speakers used too I guess) would be worlds better.

A key point made about the reciever was that fact it had more inputs, giving me flexibility. I can optical in my pc, which I will listen to most of the time, and my ps3, and then HD out to my TV.

Before I make the purchase tonight, could anyone provide anymore information on if this is a good way to go? Its going to be a little more expensive with a good set of speakers than the HTIB, but if its going to be MUCH better, its worth it

I will be gaming, music listening and loads of movie watching, either from the pc or the ps3.

I'd also need some 5.1 speaker packages recommended Amp around the same price @ £100~ and speakers £100-£150

Please give any information you can
post #2 of 21
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If anyone could recommend another receiver, as the one I mentioned looks quite hard to get hold of at the moment
post #3 of 21
Well, I never liked Sony's audio equipment so I tend to go with other brands such as Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon, etc.

Here are some good receivers. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...ceivers/1.html
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post #4 of 21
This urinates over anything Sony have produced... from a great height.


PLUS... it is a reciever, and, therfore when the is released... all you need to do is BUY that POS and hook it up.


This Onkyo is the kind of product that you buy ONCE IN 20+ years!
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Just in-case that was not clear...
DO NOT buy Sony Home-Entertainment gear because it is Sheeite
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post #6 of 21
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Ok I see what your saying, can you recommend an equivalent reciever?

Will I be ok connecting my pc and ps3 using optical?

I'm an audio newbie and really need help

I see Onkyo everywhere, sounds like a trusted name
post #7 of 21
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Ok I see what your saying, can you recommend an equivalent reciever?

Will I be ok connecting my pc and ps3 using optical?

I'm an audio newbie and really need help

I see Onkyo everywhere, sounds like a trusted name

Edit: That Onkyo you linked is nearly £300
post #8 of 21
Get that Onkyo matey!

If you run-out of connections in the next 10 years I WILL PERSONALLY stick a brillo-pad up my ass.
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post #9 of 21
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I can't, its WAY out of my budget Considering I can get a HTIB for £200, which I know wont sound anywhere near as good... and thats WITH the speakers

Could you recommend any lower priced ones? Preferably Onkyo

Edit: Didnt realise it came with the speakers... hmmmm only £80 out of budget then...
post #10 of 21
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I'm starting to think the Sony HTIB is a good solution
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