Ok - I have held out for a number of years and now need to sort my Audio/HT as about to get new TV and want to have all audio in one spot. Saw Mr Flower thread and this is a similar query.
Currently have TV/Video and Audio totally separate. Running a Sony Bravia 32" Freview LCD with Tivo and a Sony 42" rearpro with vantage PVR (sometimes hooked into an old TEAC AV Amp and my old B&W CM1 bookshelveas) and a couple of basic DVD players (Phillips/Sony). TV setup is focused on giving deaf partner access to text and captions - no Audio bias. ( 2 x tellies as I hate Coro street etc). Have good collection of CD's and DVD's (not blueray).
The old Sony rearpro is about to go (owner returning from O/S), probable replacement is Panna 50" V series plasma (but may change mind yet).
Audio is a bit of a mix and kept separate. Sources are NAD Tuner and a 20yr old Mission PCM CD coupled to a NAD 3020A Amp (debridged to provide pre only) feeding a Plinius SA50 Power amp and Mission 703 floorstanders. Have a Yammy SW415 Sub floating arround - but not using yet as more of a HT rather than Audio unit.
When getting new telly looking to set up a basic home theater with an Audio bias. Looking to keep 703 speakers but not sure what else can be used without complicating everything.
Current thoughts are;
Front Sp - Use Mission 703's (see how they go)
Center - purchase new speaker (What?)
Rears - us B&W CM1's (but only 89db efficiency - may be hungry?) - may just go 3.1
Sub - Use Yammy SW415 (to start with - but only for HT...not good enough for Audio)
Big questions are CD/DVD source and Amp.
CD/DVD - Possibly a slightly older grunty unit that can handle Audio (Denon 3800/Marantz 9600 or 70001) as there are some good deals on older non blue ray units at moment (new & second hand)
Amp ? possibly something with audio pre out that allows the Plinius to be kept? but this may overcomplicate things (Again - Onkyo/Dennon/Marantz/Yamaha? A&R etc). Tend to like warm sounds as have had english amps for a while now.
Happy to trade of some Picture for 2 channel Audio in the AMP/DVD and want to keep relativelty simple without going overboard on $$$.
Thoughs and advide appreciated