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Old 11-07-2004, 08:47 AM   #21
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Re: Need Help Buying Stereo

Dont misunderstand me...surround sound is great if you've got the setup for it, you're willing to route some wires around, and you dont mind dealing with two or more remote controls. Yeah I know you can get one of those $80 touchscreen learning remotes...seems like too much extra layering of crap to me though.

There's nothing like slapping in a good dvd with a lot of special effects and having sound flying at you from all directions and a big subwoofer shaking your innards. In fact, between my inexpensive surround sound setup and my cheapo projector, we havent been to the movies in at least 4 years.

But its a big hassle for a lot of people who arent "into it", it can be very expensive with a limited return on the investment, and many media sources dont even work with it. Analog cable doesnt pass any surround sound...many channels on digital cable and satellite dont either...
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Re: Need Help Buying Stereo
Old 11-07-2004, 05:11 PM   #22
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Great thread, and as usual, reasonable and economically viable advice, just like I need !
Panhead, the suggestions here are so good that I'm buying two receivers! I want the one Cut-Throat mentioned for my living room. TH pointed to one at Fry's for only $77, so I bought that one too - for the bedroom. Now I need a set of speakers for the second system and I'm looking at the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170s as mentioned by azanon, but first I'm gonna check out the pawnshop. I'm going to end up with two systems for less than I planned to spend on one.
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I'll be interested in hearing your report on the Panasonic Digital Receiver when you get it. Most people are very pleased with the result!
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Old 11-07-2004, 05:44 PM   #24
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I'll let you know Cut-Throat. And thanks for the advice!
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Bob,

So how do you like the SA-XR25? I'm looking around right now and the newer SA-XR50 can be had pretty cheaply (~$75 more and it's new rather than refurb). It has a couple more interesting features - better digital audio connections, on screen setup, supposedly better power amp. Any opinions?

Cut-Throat (and others),

Do any of these receivers remember settings per input? So, for example, if I make some settings for the DVD input (DSP settings, bass, audio decoding, volume, etc) will it remember them? Could I have the DVD input set one way and the VCR set another and will it remember them afterwards?

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Don't know the specifics, but here is link to download the manual.

http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/SAXR50.PDF
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Re: Need Help Buying Stereo

Thanks for the link Cut-Throat but it doesn't say much and I can't find out whether it "remembers" settings on a per input basis.

If Bob_Smith (or anybody else) has the SA-XR25 (or later model) could he try out the following test? Set the DSP setting (e.g. Hall) for the CD input and then switch to the TV input. Set the DSP setting to something else (Live or Theatre). Now switch back to CD input. What is the DSP setting? Is it what you originally set while in CD input mode or is it what you set in TV input mode?

This is one of my annoyances with the current Yamaha mini-system that I use for A/V now. I have to twiddle with the controls to make the settings work for DVD movies or Playstation games or cable TV and then it only keeps the last setting and I have to redo it when I switch inputs. It's a pain for me to do it but my wife can't/won't and so I get the complaints when watching a DVD has audio problems. I'm hoping to aovid that when I replace the Yamaha.

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Hyper, I did order the SA-XR25. Actually I was buying two receivers and the other one arrived first. There was a delay at Amazon on the SA-XR25 - it was a refurb through some other company. The other receiver was good enough for me, and it was quite a lot cheaper, so I bought another. I applied the savings to getting some decent speakers. So I didn't end up with the Panasonic.

Since we're on the subject, I have one more related question. I need to buy a CD player for my second system. In the meantime I've been using my DVD player to play CDs. Actually, the sound is very good - I can't even tell the difference. But that might be due to having better speakers than I've ever had. I'd like to get a player that will let me load a bunch of CDs, but since my $50 DVD player sounds so good, I'm thinking there's no point in paying much for a higher end CD player. Does the quality of the CD player typically make much difference - or can I go cheap and expect to get the same sound?
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Thanks Cut-Throat! I didn't know they made DVD changers.
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I didn't know they made DVD changers.
I guess they eliminate the arduous hassle of having to put down the remote and physically get up every two hours or so!

What's next-- recliners with integrated beer kegs & optional catheters?
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