<£650 Atmos Home Cinema System

Denz13

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Hi all,

Looking to spend approx £650 on a full home cinema system with the following:


  • Dolby Atmos
    HDR HDMI
    >5 HDMI IN
    5.1.2+ configuration
Any recommendations on a HTIB or separates within this budget?

Thanks in advance
 
If you aren't fixated on Atmos you may get better sound with this speaker package
https://www.superfi.co.uk/c-169-speaker-packages.aspx
than the Onkyo. Using upward firing tweeters doesn't really create the effect the Dolby Atmos is intended to produce. It's a marketing gimmick. You need ceiling mounted speakers to do that. You will also need content that is Atmos encoded.
A complete package like this one
https://www.superfi.co.uk/p-21402-denon-avr-x2500h-av-receiver-polk-tl1600-51-speaker-package.aspx
may also sound better at the same price point.
If you can visit a shop and listen to speakers that would be the best option.
 

iamacow

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Are you needing speakers also? Because the AVR is going to be £650 alone, than any decent speaker will be at least £150 if not more. For Atoms you need 7 main speakers, 1 subwoffer and at least 2 ceiling speakers. That makes it 7.1.2. The cost goes up even more from there.

My front speakers alone was £775 so you looking at £3174 before it even becomes worth it. If you buy everything used you might get away with £1500.
 

Denz13

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I'm upgrading from a 10 year old Samsung HT-C5900 5.1 system but I'm not expecting best in class speakers or AVR by any means.

This £300 AVR for example seems to meet spec: https://www.richersounds.com/tv-home-cinema/av-receivers/denon-avrx2400-blk.html

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This £379 speaker package https://www.superfi.co.uk/p-17232-onkyo-sksht588-512-dolby-atmos-ready-speakers.aspx?varianthid=35299&gclid=CjwKCAiAlvnfBRA1EiwAVOEgfH3njzeMdPxp9PYpFLXoaRcGfcsOE5Qa4tcgyB3UOv7dVNPSyubjLxoCtc0QAvD_BwE

This is the best combination I've found so far in the budget range, just wondered if this is the best available?
 

iamacow

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The Denon is okay and better than most brands at that price range. I cannot comment on the speaker package. A long time ago I bought a 5.1 speaker package and thought it was amazing. Than I heard some real speakers a few years later and realized I was scammed. Did some reading and found out to either go with a set a entry level speakers or get a sound bar. None of those package ones. They are beyond cheap and sound no better than a good tv speaker. Polk and Klipsch isn't bad for what you get out of them.

I started with Polk Monitor 50s , than switched to Klipsch reference series and next year I'm going to just build my own set.

I personally wouldn't spend less than £1000 on speakers (for 9 = £111 a speaker). Below that its just a waste of money.
 

Denz13

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I'm not looking to spend any more than my stated budget, so spending £111 per speaker is out of the question, regardless of how much better it might sound, I'm no audiophile and don't care enough to warrant spending more.

I'm just looking for something I can get that meets the spec for the budget and is an upgrade on my current setup.
 

iamacow

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I'm not a audiophile either and what I quoted was the low end haha. But there is a reason no "real" reviews exist for those speaker combos. All I can say is you get what you pay for....

Maybe someone else can help you out.
 

Denz13

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I'm not sure you get it.

You wouldn't walk into a car dealership with a budget of £10,000 to buy a Kia and expect the salesman to suggest a £50,000 BMW. That's pretty much what you've just done.

Hopefully someone else with some common sense can help.
 

iamacow

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I get what you are saying and asking for. What I am saying is buying a KIA a bad idea and not worth the money. Either spend more and don't get anything. The AVR isn't the problem, the speakers are.
 

Denz13

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So using the same analogy you'd suggest someone goes without a car rather than buying a KIA? Wow, just wow.
 
If you aren't fixated on Atmos you may get better sound with this speaker package
https://www.superfi.co.uk/c-169-speaker-packages.aspx
than the Onkyo. Using upward firing tweeters doesn't really create the effect the Dolby Atmos is intended to produce. It's a marketing gimmick. You need ceiling mounted speakers to do that. You will also need content that is Atmos encoded.
A complete package like this one
https://www.superfi.co.uk/p-21402-denon-avr-x2500h-av-receiver-polk-tl1600-51-speaker-package.aspx
may also sound better at the same price point.
If you can visit a shop and listen to speakers that would be the best option.
 

iamacow

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Yep, or buy a used car, which I said in the first place. Get all the gear you need for 1/3rd the price. Really I suggest getting a soundbar instead of a poor mans Atmos setup.
 
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