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So, after a decade with no tv in my bedroom, we finally bought one a couple of weeks ago. I've managed this week to integrate it with my existing speakers for what I think is now a neat, good looking bedroom setup: [img]http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa340/BenLaw1981/Bedroom%20AV%2018-03-12/BedroomAV001.jpg[/img] Took a while mulling over which TV to get. 37" was the most I could fit, a size with fairly limited choices. No interest in 3D, and low cost a priority. Eventually went for the Sony 37EX524. At £400 the quality is obviously not close to the Pioneer, but with a bit of tweaking of the settings it's really quite impressive (especially in HD), with no backlight bleed issues. It is slim, the bezel is very smart and slim and I think it looks pretty   Dirol  [img]http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa340/BenLaw1981/Bedroom%20AV%2018-03-12/BedroomAV006.jpg[/img] The amp is my Yamaha M430, a compact unit which sounds pretty good for the money. [img]http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa340/BenLaw1981/Bedroom%20AV%2018-03-12/BedroomAV004.jpg[/img] Unfortunately the Yamaha only has analogue in while the Sony only has optical out or a headphone out. So I bought a cheap, tiny DAC from Amazon, the Fiio D3. 1 set of RCA outs and a choice of optical or coaxial in, it does the job well. [img]http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa340/BenLaw1981/Bedroom%20AV%2018-03-12/BedroomAV003.jpg[/img] The speakers are Monitor Audio BR1s. I wouldn't say no to something a touch bigger and with a bit more quality but these do a fine job in this sort of setup. They are standing on Atacama Aurora 6 stands, which I have just filled with some decor-matching light blue sand Wink  [img]http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa340/BenLaw1981/Bedroom%20AV%2018-03-12/BedroomAV002.jpg[/img] Finally, having been using the Harmony in my main system for so long, I'd forgotten what a pain using 2 remotes would be! So I bought the cheapest universal remote i could find that did macros / controlled multiple devices at one time. That was the One For All Smart Control. At just £15 this is a really nice looking, reasonably hefty unit. Compared to the Harmony, functionality is fairly basic, but learning codes works perfectly, controlling 2 devices works without a problem and Clodagh is using it happily! Smile  [img]http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa340/BenLaw1981/Bedroom%20AV%2018-03-12/BedroomAV005.jpg[/img] I would like to add a small blu ray player to this setup, and when the Sony BDP-S185 comes down to £50 I will probably get it. If I had a spare £200 I'd also get a sub but it's really not necessary right now! :twisted:

 

So, after more than a decade with no tv in my bedroom, we finally bought one a couple of weeks ago. I've managed this week to integrate it with my existing speakers for what I think is now a neat, good looking bedroom setup:

Took a while mulling over which TV to get. 37" was the most I could fit, a size with fairly limited choices. No interest in 3D, and low cost a priority. Eventually went for the Sony 37EX524. At £400 the quality is obviously not close to the Pioneer, but with a bit of tweaking of the settings it's really quite impressive (especially in HD), with no backlight bleed issues. It is slim, the bezel is very smart and thin and I think it looks pretty  Dirol

The amp is my Yamaha M430, a compact unit which sounds pretty good for the money.

Unfortunately the Yamaha only has analogue in while the Sony only has optical out or a headphone out. So I bought a cheap, tiny DAC from Amazon, the Fiio D3. 1 set of RCA outs and a choice of optical or coaxial in, it does the job well.

The speakers are Monitor Audio BR1s. I wouldn't say no to something a touch bigger and with a bit more quality but these do a fine job in this sort of setup. They are standing on Atacama Aurora 6 stands, which I have just filled with some decor-matching light blue sand  Wink

Finally, having been using the Harmony in my main system for so long, I'd forgotten what a pain using 2 remotes would be! So I bought the cheapest universal remote i could find that did macros / controlled multiple devices at one time. That was the One For All Smart Control. At just £15 this is a really nice looking, reasonably hefty unit. Compared to the Harmony, functionality is fairly basic, but learning codes works perfectly, controlling 2 devices works without a problem and my gf is using it happily!  Smile

I would like to add a small blu ray player to this setup, and when the Sony BDP-S185 comes down to £50 I will probably get it. If I had a spare £200 I'd also get a sub but it's really not necessary right now!

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 Nice one BL Smile

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Thanks Andy  Smile

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Good job, Mr. Law.

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CnoEvil wrote:
Good job, Mr. Law. :beer: :beer: Cno

 

Short for Lawrence  Wink and thanks Cno  Smile

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Very nice Ben :cheers:

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Looks very neat. I really ought to get around to populating the bedroom with more than just a bed and drawers! Smile

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fr0g wrote:

Looks very neat. I really ought to get around to populating the bedroom with more than just a bed and drawers! Smile

How very Scandinavian of you...

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Smile Very nice Ben, looks neat and fabulous!

 

 

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Thanks iceman, fr0g and Peterkins, much appreciated  Smile

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John Duncan wrote:

fr0g wrote:

Looks very neat. I really ought to get around to populating the bedroom with more than just a bed and drawers! Smile

How very Scandinavian of you...

 

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Nice looking bedroom system - most people would be jealous to have that in a lounge.  A small question, slightly off topic, but do you know whether the FiiO DAC could be powered from a USB port, as opposed to the provided wall wart?  Manual suggests it only requires 200ma, which is far less than a USB port will provide.  

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Thanks JW  Smile Unfortunately I can't find a USB-USB cable to check this for you, but I don't see any reason why this shouldn't work. Slighlty higher up the chain from Fiio you get DAC / headphone amps which can be powered direct from a computer, so this should be able to too.

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