Originally Posted by sregis
i'm very excited about the sls. the logical question concerns the reciever & dvd player...getting these speakers seems a no-brainer, but what about the receiver & dvd player?
The receiver is pretty full featured. I would compare it to anything Pioneer, Denon, Marantz in the $400-$600 range. Has everything you'd expect except for HDMI. It supports all the latest audio codecs: all the DTS's (Digital Surround, Extended Surround, Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1, Neo 6 surround, cinema and music, and DTS 96/24). All the Dolby Digitals: EX, Pro Logic II, IIx movie and music, virtual speaker, reference and wide and good old Pro Logic. It also does Dolby Headphone simulated surround. Has a Theater, Hall and Stadium setting with the usual result.
It supports a surround back/center for 6.1. It has upgraded binding posts which will support banana plugs and spades as well as bare wire. Has 6.1 channel analog audio in RCA jacks. 2 optical, 2 co-ax digital ins (all assignable), 1 optical out. Usual record out options, support for 3 s-video or composite connections. 2 component video in, 1 out. On screen display for most functions and plenty of setup options. Remote has macro capability and is universal and is programmable.
The DVD player is pretty standard. Single disc, progressive output, 1 optical, 1 co-ax, 1 component, 1 s-video, 1 composite video out, 1 pair analog audio out. Supports all the codecs. Plays DVD, CD, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW (with some caveats), supports MP3 and WMA. Shows JPEGs. Has normal pan and scan, letter box and wide for 16:9 TVs. Remote is simple or it can be controlled from the main receiver remote. I'd expect to pay $150-$200 for a player like this.
Even the speaker wire that comes with it is decent 16g compared to the 18 or 20 you usually get with cheaper HTIBs.
For components included with these speakers and compared to what I've seen in HTIBs from Sony and Panasonic, pretty good electronics...