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My old LG home theatre receiver died this week, and I have been looking through the internet for a replacement, I’m not interested in a soundbar and choice of consumer level systems seems outdated and limited.

 

Could anyone point me into an entry level a/v receiver - I don’t need Bluetooth, all the cables are already hidden away in my living room, or a new updated system. I guess I could get away with spending 20-40k.

 

All suggestions gratefully received.

 

 

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3 hours ago, recom273 said:

Could anyone point me into an entry level a/v receiver - I don’t need Bluetooth, all the cables are already hidden away in my living room, or a new updated system. I guess I could get away with spending 20-40k.

My Yamaha RX-V579 was priced at the very bottom end of your price range. It does everything I need and it sounds like it would do everything you need also. I expect that a newer model exists now at around the same price.

 

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My Yamaha RX-V579 was priced at the very bottom end of your price range. It does everything I need and it sounds like it would do everything you need also. I expect that a newer model exists now at around the same price.
 


OK .. On paper the RX-V581 looks like it fits the bill, it has a few features that appeal, airstream, can communicate with Alexa, wifi, etc.

There is a specialist home cinema shop in my local big C, maybe I can demo that receiver .. I know it’s a little defeatist, but I plan to use my LG speakers and then upgrade when the missus isn’t looking. How much is a set of speakers going to set me back .. ballpark.


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24 minutes ago, recom273 said:

How much is a set of speakers going to set me back .. ballpark. 

How much do you want to spend?

 

Are you OK with second hand gear?  There are a couple places that I came across on Facebook with good deals on second hand high end audio gear.  One is “ร้าน Hi-Fi-99 ผู้ให้ความบันเทิง” and the other is “Boonyarat2013”.

 

Personally, I prefer to buy second hand high end audio as it sounds much much better than the mass market stuff.  You won’t get the connectivity (Bluetooth, Alexa, etc.) unless you spend a fortune, but you’ll get much better sound.  

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27 minutes ago, recom273 said:

How much is a set of speakers going to set me back .. ballpark.

In Thailand? Much more than they are worth. And you will get little choice.

 

I bought some remaindered (demo) Boston Acoustic speakers from Numchai and was pleased with what I got for 7000B. New ones would have been about 20,000.

 

Yamaha also make speakers, and they seem to be quite reasonably priced here though I have never auditioned them. All new Yamaha amps come with Musiccast, which is an interesting alternative to streaming systems like Sonos and may be of interest to you. Some Yamaha speakers also have built-in Musiccast.

The fact that Yamaha also makes a large number of good quality musical instruments gives me hope that their electronic products will also sound good. And my amp certainly does not disappoint.

 

As mentioned, second-hand may be a good idea if you can find somewhere that sells them.

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One more thing to consider.

 

How much will you be using this for music vs movies?

 

If it were my money, I would just put together a nice 2.1 system.  I would recommend a nice integrated amp and a DVD/CD player  but I don’t know what your intentions are.  

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Mostly streaming movies from my NAS, I have already invested in plumbing in decent cables, custom built stands. I have a decent sound system in my office upstairs.



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Ok...I have to admit that I wouldn’t know what to recommend when it comes to the latest technology (streaming etc).  I’m still using a 15 year old Bryston/B&W system with no frills...not even a remote control.

 

Hope you are able to find what you’re looking for. ?

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Ok...I have to admit that I wouldn’t know what to recommend when it comes to the latest technology (streaming etc).  I’m still using a 15 year old Bryston/B&W system with no frills...not even a remote control.
 
Hope you are able to find what you’re looking for. [emoji846]


Exactly. Spend time and money looking and it will last for time.

I’m really encouraged by what I see in the way of home integration, auto setup .. the Yamaha’s look good!


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On 8/22/2018 at 10:48 PM, recom273 said:

I know it’s a little defeatist, but I plan to use my LG speakers and then upgrade when the missus isn’t looking.

What impedance are your speakers? Probably only 4 ohm.

 

Most mid to high end receivers are configured for 8 ohm speakers.

 

An entry level Marantz receiver such as the NR1608 will provide you with 7.2 channel 4K ultra HD and either 2.4GHz/5GHZ dual band wifi or hard wired network support so connection to your NAS would be a breeze.

 

It is also supposedly compatible with 4 ohm speakers too...

 

I too would recommend Piyanas as I have made may purchases there over the years and found them to be very helpful and professional.

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In UK I have 5/1 set up running KEF Q Series speakers (Q500s Front L/R, Q600 Centre, Q8 Rears & Q400 Sub) ran from a Sony AV amp, I have had this set up about five years and its great for my UK home.

 

In LOS last year for my place from BiG C, I bought a Samsung 200W soundbar with wireless sub and rears (Has Bluetooth, Line Aux and HDMI inputs) this setup was not that much overall but I am more than pleased with sound reproduction for what it is and convenience of no cables all over the Gaff

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Take a look at Maranz, they are good value and pretty good quality.

I still use my old 4200 that is almost 20 years old now and is still pretty versatile using 5.1.

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Just to tie all this up, hopefully help others.

 

On 8/22/2018 at 6:33 PM, KittenKong said:

My Yamaha RX-V579 was priced at the very bottom end of your price range. It does everything I need and it sounds like it would do everything you need also. I expect that a newer model exists now at around the same price.

 

 

I ended up with a Yamaha V-RX585 because it offered   features that I was looking for - Such as airplay and WIFI. I found it in the last Lazada sale at 16,000B. reduced from 20,000B. The receiver came with good reviews and was a price I could afford.

 

Yes, the old speakers were 4 ohm, I used them for a couple of weeks, but it wasn't a good idea.

 

On 8/24/2018 at 11:40 AM, Jai Dee said:

What impedance are your speakers? Probably only 4 ohm.

 

Most mid to high end receivers are configured for 8 ohm speakers.

 

An entry level Marantz receiver such as the NR1608 will provide you with 7.2 channel 4K ultra HD and either 2.4GHz/5GHZ dual band wifi or hard wired network support so connection to your NAS would be a breeze.

 

It is also supposedly compatible with 4 ohm speakers too...

 

I too would recommend Piyanas as I have made may purchases there over the years and found them to be very helpful and professional.

 

I looked at budget entry speaker packages such as Yamaha NS SP1800BL and Polk TS 1600, it seemed that the speakers had a fair review but were around 15000THB, plastic construction and physically smaller than the LG system they were replacing. The Polk Audio speakers are now discontinued, either package would need to be imported from Korea, so would be risking import duty.

 

Im in Hat Yai, I visited Hat Yai Audio to find a solution, only to find it out of business. We do have a store selling second hand high end kit, but his stock seemed and looked to be outdated, im presuming this is imported from Japan.

 

I stumbled upon a place online the best picture super audio service, the guy was as helpful as he could be with his limited English via LINE messenger, and put the project on hold.

 

A few weeks later, I received a promo-message - He had Polk T50 + 15 + 30 speakers in a package for 25,000THB. This was around the price I was looking for, the reviews were pretty good. So I took up his offer.

 

I researched a Polk Subwoofer, the PSW seemed to match my entry level speakers, but with mediocre reviews I upgraded to the HTS 12". I found this at 30,000 THB reduced from 60,000 THB.

 

All arrived, new cables at 80B/M

 

As mentioned previously, I think in comparison we pay a lot more than Europe or the states. I don't think this was the best method to purchase speakers, but it really worked for me. I took a chance and im amazed at the setup, the dimensional feel in the surround sound is amazing, the sub is really nice, more of a rich feeling than the bass distortion that I accepted was the norm, from the previous setup. The high end is a bit harsh at times, but livable .. I could have spent a lot more.

 

Thanks to everyone, although just small contributions, they were really helpful - Its totally revolutionized my viewing experience. Just one issue, I had to buy a new sofa, spending so much time late night viewing, the old one just wasn't cutting it.

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