High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource

Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource >
Rules HDTV Forum Gallery LINK TO US! RSS - High Def Forum AddThis Feed Button AddThis Social Bookmark Button Groups

High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos Discuss High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos, etc. Post reviews ask questions, etc.

Need to upgrade home theater.

Reply
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-09-2013, 04:30 PM   #1  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 195
Default Need to upgrade home theater.

I want to upgrade my home theater system. I have an Sony in the box system but i want to get a blu-ray player and since this system is almost 7 years old it's time to replace the whole thing. I know that getting separate components makes for a better sounding system but i saw a couple home theater systems on Amazon that include the receiver and speakers but not a blu-ray player. How good are those systems? Or should i just get a separate receiver, speakers and blu-ray player?
Jammers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2013, 04:49 PM   #2  
pissoffe
 

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: right here
Posts: 821
Default

you are still looking at HT in a box. These systems are ok, but the speakers are not so good.
Go to http://www.accessories4less.com/
a favorite around here. Get your avr there, and pssibly speakers. Go with Polks, or any good beand they may have.
This place has the lowest prices of any dealer.
For blu ray player-it depends on your needs. If into music I say Oppo hands down. If not so much, then a sony/or panasonic will fit the bill.
quad4.0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 10:03 AM   #3  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 195
Default

Why are Oppo blu-ray players so highly regarded? Do they play music much better then a Sony or Panasonic?
Jammers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 10:22 AM   #4  
pissoffe
 

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: right here
Posts: 821
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
Why are Oppo blu-ray players so highly regarded? Do they play music much better then a Sony or Panasonic?
Oppo has the ability to play many formats including dvd audio, sacd, hdcd, and the list goes on. The PQ is downright amazing. My 1st Oppo a sd dvd had the best picture I ever saw ina dvd player.
Plus, the CS is flat out the best that a company can offer. I myself have experienced the tremendous response they offer, responding on a big holiday once. Getting into a discussion over the oppo's ability's, and sending me free parts. They will do what it takes to get you up and running if there are issues.
Plus, when I bought my 93, I re-discovered my cd's again! The qulity of sound is great! With the ability to use analog ports for older avr's, and universal disc ability, and other features not found in avg. players, it's a no brainer. In fact, Oppo has ability's only found in higher priced Blu ray players, giving the same or better perfomance than a higher priced player.
I'm into lossless audio, and have many high resolution discs. And an older avr that was "new" old stock, and it's great! I then added the Nuforce output board mod. When I did that, my whole system became something I never thought possible. An incredible sounding clear-and present sounding system. PLus, they keep value!
quad4.0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 11:40 AM   #5  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 195
Default

Sony and Panasonic blu-ray players can't play dvd audio, sacd or hdcd?
Jammers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 06:32 PM   #6  
Member
 
BIslander's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Posts: 1,628
Default

Several Sony players do SACD, but none do DVD-Audio, as it competes with SACD (a Sony developed format). If memory serves, Panasonic does not have any players that do either of those formats.

Oppo is great with DVD upscaling, analog audio processing, customer support, and offers features such as a second HDMI input on some models so that the player can upscale other non-HD sources. Customer support is renowned. But, if you want a Blu-ray player to play BDs and plan to use digital audio, you probably don't need to spend the premium that it costs to get an Oppo.
BIslander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 06:55 PM   #7  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 195
Default

I haven't found any Sony blu-ray players that can play SACD's.
Jammers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #8  
Member
 
BIslander's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Posts: 1,628
Default

The BDP-S5100 and BDP-S790 are two current models that play SACD.
BIslander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 04:55 AM   #9  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 195
Default

I figure i'm going to buy the receiver speakers and blu-ray player separately. Anyone got ideas on a good affordable receiver? It doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles. As for speakers i'm thinking of Polk, Klipsch or JBL. I need ideas.
Jammers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 04:53 PM   #10  
pissoffe
 

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: right here
Posts: 821
Default

Sony! They started sacd to compete with dvd audio. Both are ok, but sacd is become an audiophiles format. sony turned on the format after killing off any hope of dvd audio making it. THen after turning on it, embraced it because they saw that it was making it among audiophile types. In 2006 I had 2 dvd players, a dvd a and a sony sacd. I've since sold off most of my sacd's. The audio qulity is just not up to what I like. And dvd audio is, as blu ray media.
another little dirty secret of sony- the blu ray format uses lossless audio, mostly DTS-MA that's essentially the same process used to produce dvd audio. So, while the stinking player will not do dvd a, it will however play the MLP codecs,(Merridean lossless packing) that is used in dvd audio production. I have no use for sony anymore, especially now they no longer are tv king.
quad4.0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 04:55 PM   #11  
pissoffe
 

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: right here
Posts: 821
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
I figure i'm going to buy the receiver speakers and blu-ray player separately. Anyone got ideas on a good affordable receiver? It doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles. As for speakers i'm thinking of Polk, Klipsch or JBL. I need ideas.
avoid jbl-they are the same as infinity and do not sound all that good.
stay with Polks or Klipsch.
quad4.0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 05:53 PM   #12  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 195
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by quad4.0 View Post
avoid jbl-they are the same as infinity and do not sound all that good.
stay with Polks or Klipsch.
I hear the Klipsch speakers can sound rather bright or harsh.
Jammers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:05 PM   #13  
I bleed for HD
 

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 14,198
Default

Klipsch heve horn loaded tweeters and tend to be a love it or hate it type of deal. They certainly are good quality but not necc for everybody. More so than any other piece of equipment I highly recommend going and lestening/auditioning any set of speakers prior to purchase if at all possible. I made the drive all over the area to a number of different audio dealers before purchasing my paradigms (when I heard them and then saw they were affordable I knew they were for me). Coming up on 5 years with my speakers and haven't regretted making the effort befoehand one bit.
jkkyler is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource >
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


to Need to upgrade home theater.
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need to upgrade to digital receiver harley001 High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos 7 05-31-2013 08:54 AM
Yamaha vs. Onkyo & Others for Home Theater Upgrade gennusolou High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos 18 05-26-2013 03:49 AM
Blu-ray Home Theater (Optical Cable connection problem) louie2003louie Blu-Ray and Ultra HD Blu-Ray Players 10 12-11-2010 06:53 PM
What do you think i should do?? HELP HELP HELP need to know asap! abenak89 Flat-Panel TVs 6 11-28-2009 09:22 AM
what else will we need to get? mrsfarmer Flat-Panel TVs 15 08-30-2008 06:04 PM
home theater system under 500?? phearcat Speakers & Surround Sound 9 09-16-2007 10:06 AM
Home Theater Magazine: Playstation 3 - Product of the Year GLOW HD DVD Players and Discs 58 04-23-2007 01:55 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:14 PM.



Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2018, MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands