would like opinions before buying please

bfd_josh

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right, first of all the 21" SD tv has finally gone and ive thought i might aswell go for the full shabang, heres a list of stuff ive looked and am going to buy unless you guys have different/ better suggestions or why the components i have chose will not work....right (i am on a budget hence low price products)

HITACHI UT32MH70

only got 1hdmi and 1 vga, but that covers me for the time been, plus im not using it to watch tv until i get a playtv which sorts the no tuner problem

http://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-tv/hitachi/ut32mh70/hita-ut32mh70

SONY STRDH500

hdmi only passthrough and dont contain audio, is that a must when optical can be used?

http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/sony/strdh500/sony-strdh500

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO S20 or TANNOY F1 CUSTOM

they both seem alright, im not to wise on this field, how will they sound with the receiver, i also listen to alot of music, will they be fine for this? plus im just getting 1 pair at the moment as cant afford a full 5.1 atm

http://www.richersounds.com/product/bookshelf-speakers/cambridge-audio/s20/camb-s20-blk & http://www.richersounds.com/product/bookshelf-speakers/tannoy/f1-custom/tann-f1-custom-dkoak

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO S90

again, dont know much, but looks ok, one thing the stereo mode on the receiver says it will only use the front 2 speakers, is there a way to make this the sub aswell?

http://www.richersounds.com/product/subwoofers/cambridge-audio/s90/camb-s90-blk

PROJECT GENIE Mk3

got 5 stars on what sound and vision, also really like the look. will it connect to the reviever all will i need a phonopreamp?

http://www.richersounds.com/product/turntables/project/genie-mk3/proj-genie-mk3

i think thats it for now, any help will be much appreciated guys :)
 

Lebowski

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lol save your money and get an ACTUAL hdtv with 1080p ready for it...lol what does HD ready even mean? a upgraded version of small definition? but not even close to 600p?
 
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HD Ready means that the TV is an HDTV without an HD tuner. Since the TV does not have a tuner, you'll have to buy a special set-top box with the tuner included in it in order to watch HD. In other words, it's as close to being an HDTV as you can get without actually being an HDTV. This is because it has the correct resolution to display the HD but is internally crippled by not having the capability to actually receive and decode an HD signal on it's own. At least that's what it used to mean in the US about 8 or 10 years ago. I don't know if you can get a regular HDTV in England or not or if HD Ready means something different over there entirely.
 

rblanshard

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The thing that worries me about the TV, is it doesn't state it's output. 720? 1080? It doesn't say. Maybe I'm just missing it, but I'd go for a tv with full 1080P.

As for the receiver, skip the turn-table and upgrade to this one: http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/sony/strdh800/sony-strdh800

The write-up says it's an upgraded version of the STR-DG820. I have the DG920 which is the same as the 820, but I have an on-screen GUI. Which I never use. It was helpful with setting up the receiver and speakers, but I never use it. However, with 4 HDMI inputs allowing you to connect a cable/satellite box, PS3, Xbox, and whatever else you want and then run one HDMI cable from the receiver to the tv. Plus, it allows you to upgrade your speakers to 7.1. You can run 5.1 now, and later you can add 2 more surround speakers for an awesome surround sound experience. I've had my new receiver for a little over a year now, and I love it as much now as I did the day I cracked the box.
 
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I found a review of the TV from Aug 2008. http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2008/08/12/Hitachi-UT32MH70-32in-LCD-TV-Screen/p2

After skimming through the review, apparently "HD Ready" means the same in the UK. There is indeed no tuner in the TV so you'll need a set-top box for HD. So if you don't already have one of those, add that to the price of the TV to figure out what you're REALLY paying. I'd personally just add the two prices together and look for a true HDTV.

Also, I read this about the resolution:
"One slightly surprising element of the UT32MH70's specification, though, is its native resolution of 1,366 x 768 rather than the Full HD 1920 x 1080 we might have expected from such a cutting-edge model."

So 720P is 1280X720. This is slightly higher but that just means that the TV's video processor will have to take every single signal and re-image it to 1366X768 since there are no external sources that will output in the exact resolution this TV displays. Remember that TV's always display their native resolution regardless of the resolution you feed into them.

Personally speaking, I'd save up a little more cash and buy a true 1080P HDTV (with the tuner included). Or just forget about the sound system for now and buy that later.
 

bfd_josh

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thanks for that guys, i should of added i already have a freesat HD box, which is why this looked so good for the price as the no tuner thing didnt bother me, im guessing not? what over tvs would you guys suggest then that are better, around £300-£400 mark

and its ifs worth it, ill def get the receiver you suggested, as i can cut the turntable out for now

thanks guys
 

TheTenth666

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I'll always advise Samsung for contrast and richness of colors, I have a LE32S86BD, HD ready (meaning it displays image on 1280x720 pixels, while Full HD does 1920x1080 pixels) ; newer is the LE32B651T3W, 100 Hz, about 650 Euros.