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joetama
01-30-2009, 02:11 AM
If you've just spent £1,000 or more on a new TV, we doubt you're going to thank us for telling you to spend even more. Sound always accounts for half the experience, though, whether you're watching sport, movies or just Neighbours. And the speakers built in to your TV are not likely to do justice to very much at all and for that reason, you should get something better.

As a rule of thumb, we think you should consider spending the same amount of money on your sound system as you did on the TV. So if you spent £1,000, we really think you should spend at least that -- and quite possibly more -- on your surround-sound system. Klipsch agreed with us, and to show its support lent us some speakers to connect to our Onkyo TX-NR906.

The system was made up of two Klipsch RF-10s (£400 a pair) for the front stereo channels; a pair of RS-10 surrounds (£250 per pair), for rear effects; a delightful, but fairly large RPW-10 subwoofer (£300); and one of its RC-10 centre-channel speakers (£150 each). So that's a total of £1,100 on speakers, and with the amp costing £1,400, that's a grand total of £2,500. If you own a Pioneer Kuro LX-5090, this is possibly the setup for you.

Our amp is possibly more expensive than you really need. We've said only good things about the Onkyo TX-SR576, which costs around £300 and did a fantastic job with movies and, unusually, music too.

So what of the Klipsch system? Well, since we spent a happy afternoon setting it up yesterday, we haven't actually done much else but listen to it. Our Blu-ray copy of Live from Abbey Road was an instant hit. Mary J Blige belted out Growing Pains and Family Affair and we were nothing short of transfixed.

The clarity from the speakers was almost unbelievable. The subwoofer managed to hit us in the chest when the drummer asked it to, but it never over-powered the rest of the sound, and we never got the sense it was struggling. The centre and stereo speakers literally sang and we never wanted them to stop.

Movies were also wonderful. We stuck Casino Royale on and enjoyed a truly cinema-like experience. No, ignore that -- it was better than the cinema because the seats were comfortable, there were no idiots talking through the whole thing and the sound was more involving, without deafening us or shaking the building to its foundations.

We can understand why people think the TV is the be-all and end-all of their home-cinema system, but when you hear a surround sound system like this, you'll know you've made a mistake. And you'll want to correct it. Quickly.

I found this on another forum and found it to be interesting. How many of you have spent more on your sound system than you have your TV?

A rough figure for me is about 1:4.1 Ratio (TV:Audio). Not including two channel only devices.

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/homecinema/0,39029447,49300041,00.htm

rc10mike
01-30-2009, 02:26 AM
My ratio is about 4:1 (Tv:Audio)!

I have a LNT4671F TV and currently looking for my next receiver.

juniorab
01-30-2009, 02:33 AM
My ratio of what I actually paid is about 1:8.25. (tv:audio). The ratio of what it should have cost me is about 1:19.75 (tv:audio). Knowing people in the hi-fi industry is a real bonus.

joetama
01-30-2009, 04:10 AM
Most definitely is a benefit. A good chunk of my equipment is demo equipment. Saves a LOT off of the price tag.

Fiercetimbo17
01-30-2009, 04:35 AM
Yea i love having connections

One of my tower speakers to tv is 2:1 by itself

joetama
01-30-2009, 06:53 AM
What speakers do you run?

Blazin_Jason
01-30-2009, 10:53 AM
TV $1400, Audio $2500 so will be 1:1.79.

JimJ
01-30-2009, 11:47 AM
5:1 in favor of the audio :)

dvrmstrng
01-30-2009, 11:50 AM
4:1 in favor of my TV

$1000 LCD
and
$100 bookshelves made by PEsteel
and $150 dayton sub combo

college dont hate

Scoobydoo
01-30-2009, 01:43 PM
37" lcd=$647

denon/paradigm setup=$1000

I'm not a big "one time purchase" sort of person. The audio was purchased seperately over time, but the lcd was obviously purchased all at once. I think the most I have ever spent was on my Denon receiver and that was about $700 and is now worth about $200:(

joetama
01-30-2009, 03:14 PM
5:1 in favor of the audio :)

You don't count. I've seen pictures of your TV. It looks like something Fred Flintstone would have used.


TV $1400, Audio $2500 so will be 1:1.79.


37" lcd=$647

denon/paradigm setup=$1000

I'm not a big "one time purchase" sort of person. The audio was purchased seperately over time, but the lcd was obviously purchased all at once. I think the most I have ever spent was on my Denon receiver and that was about $700 and is now worth about $200:(

You two are about the closes to the 1:1 ratio.

WildcatNate
01-30-2009, 04:05 PM
I'm about 1:9 - 1:10. video to audio.

96MaxGLE
01-30-2009, 06:38 PM
I got my Toshiba Regza about a yr and a half ago for $1300 (a family member owns a TV repair shop...they sell Toshiba, RCA, Sony, Samsung)...MSRP on it was around $1600.

I just bought a HK AVR-354 and a very gently used set of Infinity Primus towers (dual 6 1/2s, 4, tweeter) Primus surrounds (6 1/2s and tweeters), and Infinty Entra center (dual 4s and tweeter), and an Entra Two sub (12"). I spent around $1150 including one HDMI cable, speaker/sub cables, banana plugs, and cable pants. The speaker setup was about 2yrs old, and MSRP was $1400 from Crutchfield (they came w/ receipt).

96MaxGLE
01-30-2009, 06:40 PM
I think I'm now the closet to the 1:1 ratio :D...i think thats what we're aiming for :confused:

JimJ
01-30-2009, 06:44 PM
It looks like something Fred Flintstone would have used.

Honestly, what is on that's actually worth spending that much on TV for, for the content's sake alone? :D Now, for movies, I can see spending some money on an HD projection setup, but I don't have the room for anything like that now.

skmfkr
01-30-2009, 06:52 PM
4:1 in favor of my TV

$1000 LCD
and
$100 bookshelves made by PEsteel
and $150 dayton sub combo

college dont hate

pretty much the same here, i dont really watch tv just use it to watch movies that are on my computer and i have logitech z2300 computer speakers that cost me $105

Flipx99
01-30-2009, 10:10 PM
ABout 1:2, in favor of audio

jmanpc
01-30-2009, 10:16 PM
3.78:1 TV to audio

I spent $378 on my 26" Samsung and $100 on a Yamaha HTIB on Craigslist. Good enough for a college student.