Mmm, thanks Bill, but I dont thinks there's room in the bathroom for a Panasonic TV
However, as you say - another option to think about
Chop the Apex sub - get a BK Electronics sub and save some budget for your cabling
somethiing like the XLS400 will perform very much the same as the MA sub - both similar power 12" sealed box designs. (Might even blow it out of the water...)
If you go with an Onkyo then Audessey will manage your bass so you are ok there.
I currently have a XLS400 and its doing the business in a very expensive meridian front ended system - amazing small room sub for the money !!
Or if you want a roof raiser rather than an all rounder consider the monoloth, but its big
Extra ££ left over for speaker cables that you have not included I dont believe
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Monitor Audio GX100, GXC150, Apex A10, BK XLS400 (set with hard knee house curve)
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in one of my replies I mentioned a figure of approx £4,600 to buy the system from Sevenoaks - this would leave £400 for cables. Is that going to be enough for something decent ??
Thanks for your suggestions ellisdj - yet something else to consider.
How hard can it be to research and buy a decent home cinema system
Are you the same "TheCaptain" that used to post on AVforums? If so your funny posts about obssesively listening for buzzing on plasma tvs in shops (must have been when you were shopping for your current set), partly inspired my username.
Home Cinema: Pioneer Kuro KRP-500A, Sky+HD 2TB, Oppo BDP-95EU,
Pioneer SC-LX83, Monitor Audio Apex, B&W PV1D.
Headphones: B&W P7, Bose QC3.
Gaming: PS3 Slim 320GB.
Misc: Apple TV3, Arcam rCube, Kef Picoforte 3, Iphone 4S 64GB, iPad Air
It's tough to get it all right when there are so many good reviews for most of the kit your looking at. It's what's right to you that's important - then once you buy it all the fun part starts - learning how to get the best from it all. While your researching take a bit of time to research speakers placement so when you wall mount you do it right first time
speaking from experience there .... Lol
£400 is much more than enough. You will be persuaded to buy expensive HDMI cables, but £5 cables from thatcable will be just as good.
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Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
Miscellaneous: Synology DS212J + 2 X WD Red 2TB drives, WD 1TB NAS, Sonos ZoneBridge, BT HH3 as modem & AirPort Extreme router
I've just sat through Star Wars IV while doing some serious thinking, how does this revised set up sound -
TV - Panasonic TX-P50GT50B (as suggested by bigboss and also What HiFi best 50"-52" TV 2012)
Blu Ray - Panasonic DMP-BDT500
Amplifier - Onkyo TX-NR818
Speakers - Monitor Audio Apex 5:1 (Room for another in The Apex Club forum ?)
Current pricing from Sevenoaks website comes to £4,597 which gives me £400 for cables and set up, right ? I've not selected a retailer as yet but just using them as a reference point at this stage
What are your thoughts ??
Looking good the GT50 is awesome! Sevenoaks might well discount their prices over Xmas too. It is also worth phoning around different branches getting quotes, you will see the prices fluctuate quite dramatically!
I think I might be tempted with a Pioneer amp and the Oppo 103 Blu-ray player, something worth looking at, other than that all good.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad 4 & iPhone 4S.
Sorry to disappoint buzz, but no its not me - this is my first venture into posting on Audio Visual forums.
Sound advice there ellisdj, although I have decided not to wall mount my speakers
Thats good to hear about the cable prices. The bad news is, once I've selected a home cinema kit from all the manufacturers out there, I've then got to start researching all the different cable suppliers.
This hobby should carry a health warning
Well, if its good enough for What HiFi, its good enough for me !!!
Seriously, it gets a good review and the ££ I'll save over the VT will allow me to get a better speaker system - currently looking at the Monitor Audio Apex and also the B&W MT60D
Oh the good old January Sales
Are you planning to do any demos? I'm particularly thinking speakers and amp.
If you spend anything like £400 on cables you're crazy. Use generic speaker cable and basic hdmi with decent build quality.
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If you're also considering Apex (which I didn't mention as it was outside your budget), then I would definitely consider the Yamaha RXA3010 for them, as you'll not get the best from them with the Onkyo 818.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
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Oh most definately, I'm just trying to get a few equipment combinations together (as a result of my initial thoughts and everyones suggestions / recommendations on here) so I can road test them next January / February.
I hadn't planned on spending that sort of money, but being new to the whole world of cinema seperates I had no idea of what sort of budget to leave for the cables
They were, initially. But now the Panasonic GT range has been recommended over the VT range, that saves quite a few ££, and allows me to look at upgrades elsewhere - particularly speakers.
What are your thoughts on the B&W MT60D package ?
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