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rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
edited July 2007 in Campaign
I thought this would be better than reviving the old thread.

What's a good home cinema set up for a 14 foot square room please?

Getting a 32" console (and let's face it, 32" would console anyone, boom tish) LCD TV and need a pretty good cinema sound system to back it up.

My DVD player cost œ13 from Asda so I guess I'd have to upgrade that too...?
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  • ankev1ankev1 Posts: 3,686
    14 square foot????????

    The only solution is to buy a second hand tardis.
  • ankev1ankev1 Posts: 3,686
    Mind you, you'd have to get that thing in the middle shifted.
  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    What did I mean to say?

    14 foot diameter, circumference, whatever. The walls are 14 foot apart, sheesh.

    I want the whole cinematic experience so that all the way through the fillum I can hear:

    "Rustle rustle rustle, cough cough, pass the maltesers, what film's he been in, I know his face, he was in that film with that woman, hello! I'm in the cinema!"
  • ankev1ankev1 Posts: 3,686
    Well I'm glad you've clarified that because I was trying to imagine a room 7 foot by 2 foot or as my calculator informs me: 3.74 x 3.74 square feet.

    FWIW 14 x 14 gives you 196 sq ft. Positively widescreen.
  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Shut up.
  • ankev1ankev1 Posts: 3,686
    I don't know anything about home cinema by the way.
  • Uncle MortUncle Mort Posts: 1,124
    Why is this in Soapbox? Has Broonie banned tellies? Is there a BBC/immigration/EU/capitalism/socialism/SS angle?

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  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Shut up.
  • ankev1ankev1 Posts: 3,686
    Pity the poor usherette with her tray of lollies.
  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    I'm asking politely for help here you [email protected], and I'm warning you if you keep taking the pee I'm going to sulk so watch it.

    Any sensible people please?
  • ankev1ankev1 Posts: 3,686
    OK then I'll back out and stick to buying DVDs.
  • ransosransos Posts: 380
    What's your budget? If you're looking for convenience and quality, it's going to cost a fair few quid.
  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Telly's œ400, I thought you could get a workable home cinema set up for œ50 or so?
  • SmeggersSmeggers Posts: 1,019
    œ5.00 and a ticket to a real cinema? Or for œ400.00 you could go 80 times?

    For œ50.00 its gonna be ****e mate, dunna bother.

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  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Really?

    I was pondering this:

    http://tinyurl.com/34jrh4
  • SmeggersSmeggers Posts: 1,019
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by rothbook</i>

    Really?

    I was pondering this:

    http://tinyurl.com/34jrh4
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    Pants with a capital P.

    Speakers are like wheels on a bike. They are the first upgrade to any sound system and the more you spend the better they get.

    Those Bush jobbies will be orrible tinny affairs and a sub-woofer with the power of a wet [email protected]

    Start saving http://www.richersounds.com/information ... emasystems



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  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Stone me, so œ750 for a basic telly and a cinema system?

    My bike only cost a bit more than that!
  • Uncle MortUncle Mort Posts: 1,124
    Rothbook, you should go along to Richer Sounds if they have a branch near you. They sell discounted end-of-lines and do some pretty good deals for home cinema; they aren't cowboys or ignorant youths like you get in Currys etc. You can make an appointment to listen to a few yourself.

    But you won't get much for œ40 I'm afraid. [:0]

    Oh, and if I were you I wouldn't bother changing your DVD now, as high definition players will be along at more reasonable prices very shortly.

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  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Ta Uncle, the funny thing is tho when you call Richer Sounds and ask about the end of line stuff that the website says they have, they get a bit evasive and off-putting and say things like:

    "It's unboxed, got no remote, we really don't recommend it".

    I'll pop into the London Bridge one and ask a few questions.
  • Uncle MortUncle Mort Posts: 1,124
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by rothbook</i>

    Ta Uncle, the funny thing is tho when you call Richer Sounds and ask about the end of line stuff that the website says they have, they get a bit evasive and off-putting and say things like:

    "It's unboxed, got no remote, we really don't recommend it".

    I'll pop into the London Bridge one and ask a few questions.
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    Nah, they're pretty straight up - they pile it high and sell it reasonably cheap, but they aren't cowboys in my exp.

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  • ransosransos Posts: 380
    In my view, unless you're spending serious cash, stick with a decent 2-channel hifi and pipe your telly through that. In my experience the sound quality is far better than the home cinema rubbish in Curry's, and of course it'll sound great for music too.
  • linfordlunchboxlinfordlunchbox Posts: 4,834
    As the others said - try Richer Sounds


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  • RavenbaitRavenbait Posts: 13,064
    We're quite happy with the Samsung package we got from Curry's. 32" LCD TV with a surround sound system, HD capable. Can't remember how much we paid but it was quite a lot. It was our moving in present to ourselves.

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  • Mosschops2Mosschops2 Posts: 1,774
    Also for a "decent" system, you'll be wanting to step up your budget. A bottom of the range (but decent enough) subwoofer <i>alone</i> will be costing minimum œ120. But that's like a œ250 road bike. You know that you'd be SO much better off with a œ400 one!!!

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  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by rothbook</i>

    I thought you could get a workable home cinema set up for œ50 or so?<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">Hmmm. Home enema kit, maybe?
  • linfordlunchboxlinfordlunchbox Posts: 4,834
    Subwoofers are very antisocial if you live in high density living accommodation. IE 30hz wave is about 35ft long which means that it will be bouncing off your neighbours living room back wall in a 14x14 room before you hear it. they also need a large amp to drive them properly


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  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    Hang on Sam, you mean the surround sound was built into the telly or you've got speakers around the room?
  • SmeggersSmeggers Posts: 1,019
    A lot of tellys come with the external speakers already...

    The good ones aren't bad but you'll still need a separate sub to get the 'cinema' effect.

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  • rothbookrothbook Posts: 943
    It's a terraced house with brick walls Linford, but I'm aware that with a really good sound system because there's so little distortion you don't really realise how loud it is till you speak and can't hear yourself...
  • peterbrpeterbr Posts: 2,076
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by ransos</i>

    In my view, unless you're spending serious cash, stick with a decent 2-channel hifi and pipe your telly through that. In my experience the sound quality is far better than the home cinema rubbish in Curry's, and of course it'll sound great for music too.
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    This is good advice. I'd go secondhand, you could find a pretty good entry level hifi amp, say Arcam, Rotel etc. and some monitor speakers from KEF, Mission or Acoustic Energy for œ100-150. People often upgrade what is perfectly good and often pretty new kit. It'll sound much better then those 5-speaker cheap integrated packages, which apart from the fact they "do surround sound" have nothing whatsoever to recommend them.

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