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What's Your Home AV setup?
on: March 14, 2011, 23:03:33 PM
Go-One, I bet some of you guys have pimp setups.

Here's mine.

Onkyo TX-SR308 Amplifier
Avondale Audio Prototype Floorstanders
Gale Aria AR10 Surround Speakers
Gale Centre 20 Centre Speaker
Eltax PoS Subwoofer

Running through that :

Sony KDL32U2000 TV
PS3 - 500GB
Xbox 360 SuperElite
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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #1 on: March 14, 2011, 23:25:07 PM
I was going to post mine, but at a push it wouldn't be too hard to actually find where I live :)

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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 00:01:38 AM
How do you rate the Gale speakers soopah?

I've had to sell all my kit to afford moving house :( All I'm left with is my 'hifi' setup - ESI Juli@ soundcard and M-Audio BX8a Deluxe nearfield monitors. The plan is 50"+ screen and glorious 5.1 system (I've always got a keen eye on the AV Forums classifieds for good speakers).

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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 00:38:03 AM
I was going to post mine, but at a push it wouldn't be too hard to actually find where I live :)

Bristol? :P

My setup:

LG 1080P 32" LCD
A set of those Logitech THX 2.1s on special years back!
PS3 320GB

Does the job :P
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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 00:46:45 AM
I was going to post mine, but at a push it wouldn't be too hard to actually find where I live :)

Bristol? :p


You are forgetting Bristol is a county so could be quite a wide area, but even so my finger print is all over the internets and certain info could be added together to pretty much my front door!

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Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 01:16:41 AM
How do you rate the Gale speakers soopah?

I've had to sell all my kit to afford moving house :( All I'm left with is my 'hifi' setup - ESI Juli@ soundcard and M-Audio BX8a Deluxe nearfield monitors. The plan is 50"+ screen and glorious 5.1 system (I've always got a keen eye on the AV Forums classifieds for good speakers).

The centre is pretty good,  I've only had the tears running for a few hours so I've no idea!

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Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 01:21:46 AM
Probably easier to knock and shop over surely?  Unless you have some rare KEF or NAD stuff?   My floorstanders are one of only two pairs made,  verified by the manufacturer,  and were originally sold for £2k... each speakers.  Hate to think what that is in new money
I was going to post mine, but at a push it wouldn't be too hard to actually find where I live :)

Bristol? :p


You are forgetting Bristol is a county so could be quite a wide area, but even so my finger print is all over the internets and certain info could be added together to pretty much my front door!

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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 01:27:18 AM
To be honest you are probably right!

Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #8 on: March 15, 2011, 02:26:34 AM
Err..

Panasonic 37" plasma (cant be bothered to check the model number)
Onkyo SR607
Yamaha cheapo speakers (active amp)
Sky+ HD
panasonic DMP-BD60 bluray
xbox elite with HD-DVD player

Does me fine..

Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #9 on: March 15, 2011, 09:41:51 AM
My setup atm is a mess.
Sound is done by my old Logitech 5.1 z680's I think the model is.... must be pushing 10yrs old now.
Sound is used mostly for the projector - Hitachi PJ-TX 200 onto a 80" screen (dont use it much anymore)
Primary Display is a Panasonic 50" PZ81
have my 3 game consoles - Wii, Xbox 360 & PS3... mostly gathering dust.
Sky+ HD
Dreambox 800
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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #10 on: March 15, 2011, 13:22:56 PM
Denon 1910 Receiver
Mordaunt Short speakers
Samsung 46" 8000 series LED 3D TV
Sony BDP-S570 3D Internet Blu-Ray player
Sky+ HD
Xbox 360
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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #11 on: March 15, 2011, 14:14:32 PM
50" Viera 1080p Plasma
Yamaha 5.1 AVR
Gale Front Floor Standers
Gale Bookshelf Rears
Mordaunt Short Centre
Velodyne Subwoofer ;)
XBox 360
Acer Revo

The Gale floor standers give me great music and movie sound, much better than the little Sony satellites I used to have.

I'm hoping to upgrade the AVR to support HDMI and the TV to 3D at Christmas, maybe.

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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #12 on: March 15, 2011, 16:17:14 PM
Sony KDL40W4000 TV.
HTPC: Intel i3, 4 gig ram, 2.5 gig storage.
Samsung Blu-Ray drive.
Compro VideoMate S350 DVB-S Tuner Card. (works perfectly with Freesat’s HD channels)
Technotrend TT 1501 DVB-C. (this doesn’t currently work but I live in hope! lol)
Auzentech X-Forte 7.1 soundcard.
Logitech Z5500 5.1 speakers.
Xbox 360 Elite connected to the Logitech’s by optical. 

While I am happy with the picture output I do think the sound side of things could be improved, I have had the Logitechs for about 7-8 years now and coupled with the Auzentech card do  give pretty good, clear and crisp output and certainly better than a lot of 400-600 quid AV set ups I have heard where the sound can be muddy.

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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #13 on: March 22, 2011, 19:40:26 PM
Pioneer SA-7800 Amp, Love it (less the wood sides)

B&W 685 speakers
Technics 1300 Turntable
AppleTV running XBMC
Pioneer 42" TV

Thats about as far as it goes. Not into surround sound because my main concern is music and games. The Amp is a late 70's example that still sounds superb. The turntable is, again, old but is DD and sounds lovely.

I am currently looking into moving house. If I do move I'm gonna be installing lotsa data/av/network stuff into the airing cupboard which will be the main riser for the rest of the house.
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Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 10:21:43 AM
Holy thread revival Batman.....

For a long long time now I've had 1 of two Logitech 5.1 systems, the Z680s which I bought back in 2002~, replaced by the Z5500s about 7 years ago just because they were a good price rather than an upgrade. I always thought they sounded pretty good, but for years I yearned to go down the separates route. Knowing I'd never be totally satisfied unless I go all out and get exactly what I want (Reminds me why I held off buying the Porsche having had 2 FTOs for 10 years), I just held onto the Logitech's in hope one day the time would come.

Well it came.... I started off buying an amp. I did a bit of research but nothing exhaustive. In the end I went for a Onkyo 575E, fairly mid-range, but I felt that on paper it ticked every box. I set this up with audio output from my PC via HDMI and plugged in my Logitech speakers. I was surprised just how much of a difference this made, especially to stereo separation. I guess onboard analogue sound with cheap analogue connectors to the Logitech sub/amp really wasn't all that.

I then started looking at speakers, mid range again. But having read a thread on AVForums where most people agreed that the general sound quality of speakers hadn't improved over the last 30 years I started to look for second hand. Then I realised speakers tend to sell for 1/4 to 1/3 of original price. I was sold on the idea of getting something much better, but second hand.

It took a trip to London to get one pair, and a weekend away in Penzance to get the other pair and centre. But now I'm very happy with how it has worked out.


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They're Monitor Audio Gold Reference 60s in each corner and whatever the centre speaker is from that range. They're fantastic and set me back less than 1/3 of new price(They're a range from 10~12 years ago I think). Some cosmetic issues on them all, but sound hasn't been affected at all. Each corner can be tri-wired and the centre bi-wired. Though unfortunately my amp will only bi-wire the fronts, so that's what I've done.

My vast lossless surround (Quad rips, DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-Ray Audio) music collection has never sounded so good.

I have started to think I need an even better amp, but what AV amp can tri-wire four speakers and bi-wire a centre? lol :o

EDIT: For now I've decided against a sub. I predominantly listen to music and with each speaker having it's own mini sub I've found bass to be spot on.
Last Edit: January 13, 2018, 10:26:17 AM by Walrusbonzo #187;

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