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Surround sound upgrade.Help/Advice needed!!!

Discussion in 'Receivers and amplifiers' started by banie01, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. banie01

    banie01 Member

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    Hi All,
    I a currently have a Technics SC-DV290 all in one system and while I am delighted with the performance of the system for DVD surround, I am finding it very limited in expansion capability now that I've upgraded to Sky HD and Blu-ray.
    I would like to get some advice/opinions on the best way to upgrade to full surround while keeping any components I can as money is tight at the mo.
    I am thinking of buying an A/V receiver such as the Sony STR-DG910 and using one of the input channels for the Technics(DVD,Tape Deck)system while wiring my existing speakers to the Amp/Receiver
    I don't know if this would be the best/most cost effective option and I am hoping that some of the knowledgeble people here can sort me out with some advice??
    Thanks in advance for any and all replies
     
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    byngo Regular member

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    The sony seems a good unit to upgrade to. Just make sure that you can provide the right audio connections from source to the amp for the HD Audio because i doubt a HDMI connection alone will carry the PCM bitstream audio aswell as the video.
    Also you will need a good subwoofer, (spend as much as the amp)

    Question, Why do you want to run the Technics through the AMP?
    The Sony Receiver will have a built in tuner.
    Your Blu-Ray source should also play DVD's right?
    The only thing you loose is the tape deck. Don't tell me you still use tapes.!!
     
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    I want to keep the technics mainly for the dvd changer along with the fact that I hate to dump any good kit and you never know when you might need a tape deck!:):):)
    Do you think I will have any issues with using my existing technics speakers with this amp?
     
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    I doubt it.
    Most amps cater for 6 to 8 ohms rated speakers. Not sure what wattage the amp is (probably 100W x 6 at a guess).
    If your speakers are not 100W + rated don't worry too much about it but watch the volume.
    On some amps you can set a max volume at a certain db level to safe guard against an acident.
    If I were you my main ambition would be to buy a powered sub for the dedidicated low frequency ouput on the amp. This will almost certainly be a pre-out connection (un-amplified) but check before you buy a sub so you know if you need a powered or passive sub.
    You will make the most significant change to your listening experiance if you add a Sub to your set-up, especially when listening to digital surround in dloby 5.1 or DTS soundtracks.
     

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