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Wannabe Geek

#11069 30-Dec-2006 00:35
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Hi I'm looking to purchase myself a good HTIB, and currently in my budget range in my region/location are these two models:

1)Philips HTS3455/98
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This is a 1000w System and has hdmi connectivity and DIVX Capability (I see this as plus as the Pioneer doesn't have the playback of Divx Media or HDMI.)

2)Pioneer HTD8
It's a 600w system and is slightly more costly than the Philips.

I'm paying NZ $ and the Pioneer is $690 where as the Philips is $580.

I'm curious if anyone has tried either of these systems and if anyone could guide me on what should be the deciding factor. Now I know that they advertise wattage a lot; but comparatively from the specifications what would II need to consider for the speakers and the overall HTIB I'm considering to purchase?

Any helpful hints on other HTIB's such would be good as well.

I've noticed the logitech Z5450 or Z5500 (wireless rears) would be challenging or worth the consideration as they are similarly priced, but would they be satisfying compared with these?

Any thoughts and suggestions would be really useful.

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  #56897 4-Jan-2007 18:05
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I myself had decided on the Philips HTS3455/98, it looks like a better buy over the Pioneer, May I ask where you have seen the Philips for $580?


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Wannabe Geek

  #57746 12-Jan-2007 20:18
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It was the holiday season specials, it was due to the fact that I picked up a LCD 40" TV and the home theater I think the promo was 20% off. Harvey Norman.

Noel Leeming has it for $599

Hope that helps :)


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  #57748 12-Jan-2007 20:21
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I just put it on layby :)


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Wannabe Geek

  #57749 12-Jan-2007 20:22
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Might I add that I actually got the Pioneer home and tested it out but it lacked the OOMPH or the features to be of any use and I was so disappointed with it not being able to play DIVX as well and the high price compared to the Philips that I got the Philips and for the price it packs a good deal of features and sound.

The Philips overall is a good system for the price. You get what you're pay for, and a bit more. It's worth the price plus it has a hdmi port and upscales as well to 1080i I think.


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Wannabe Geek

#57750 12-Jan-2007 20:23
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Cheers for the reply.



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  #57756 13-Jan-2007 03:10
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Are the stands included in the philips? how about the pioneer? Those almost cost what a cheap system like those do alone in my experiance.

the difference between "600" watts and "1000" watts means nothing since you have no idea how much BS factor has being applied to those numbers (I hesitate to call them measurements or ratings)

You really need to find a place that has both of them setup. Video quality is much of a muchness with any system, listen to the sound, check that the "sub" is not excessivly easy to locate when its running, although it usually is with such small main speakers. Take some music that you are familiar with how it sounds on a good system and see how they compare, but be aware that sitting in a retail shop on a shelf is the worst environment to try it in. If they cant be bothered setting it up in the listening room for you then just walk away and go somewhere else.

See if either of them are modded to override the annoying control lockout that DVD allows for. This is the reason that my mate has his $100 player hooked up to his system is that he cant stand not being able to skip the FBI warning crap at the start of any rental DVD (pre-dvdshrunk that is)

Check the remote is easy to use and that the supplied cables are long enough. The last thing you need to care about is picture quality, because there will be so little difference if any at all between players, the source material is the limiting factor.

Unless you have an analog CRT tv dont worry about upconversion, your display does that for you.


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  #57765 13-Jan-2007 10:41
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Yes, the philips does come with the stands.

Thanks for all the advice, lots of things I didn't think about.


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  #57977 15-Jan-2007 20:12
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I just the top of the range Philips Cineos system (HTS9800W) and I must say the HDMI upscaling is not as good as my 2 years+ old Pioneer DV-969AVi DVD player, playing back through a Pioneer PDP435 (43inch plasma with 1024x768 resolution).  The 720p upscaling is not good at all, I have to upscale at 1080i to get decent picture quality (720p is much closer to the native resolution of the Pioneer screen so this SHOULD be the optimal resolution). 

Also the Philips remote control is non-responsive at times, and lacks little features like DVD playback resume if you switch the unit off or if you switch to a different audio source.
Glad I kept my DV-969AVi for my new 52 inch Bravia X series Wink at least until the PS3 comes out...

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