Hello everyone, I am new to the forum, and just wanted to say hello. A little about myself: I am an expat living permanently in the Philippines (originally from the states - New Hampshire). I have always wanted to get a cool home theather system going, and finally took the leap.
Unfortunately, since I live in the Philippines, my options for what to purchase are extremely limited, so I am at a disadvantage.
I spent some time at one of the few "audio stores" (basically no better than Circuit City, but with the sales people being far less knowledgeable). Sony was having a good promotion of getting the equivalent of about $450 credit towards additional equipment when you purchase an LCD TV. I purchased a Sony Bravia KLV-37U300A and used the $450 to buy one of those "all in one" audio bundles Sony DAV-DZ750K that came with 5.1 speakers (but the subwoofer is passive, no internal amp) and a built in DVD player.
It has been nice for the few months I have had it, but I want "something more" - it is more "starter" than I wanted. :-)
Which brings me here. After doing a lot of research (the FAQ in this group is FANTASTIC!) I have decided on the Onkyo 705.
I have a couple of questions I am hoping someone can help with - things I didnt see anything on in the FAQ.
- The speakers that came with the "free" 5.1 system are all 3 ohms. Can I still use them with the 705?
- Since the Subwoofer is passive, and relied on the Sony unit for amp, what are my options for that?
- Our cable TV here is stone age (I think I remember the Jerrold box from my cable tv system in the states from like 25 years ago :-)). Suffice it to say it aint HD. Right now the coax cable is plugged directly into my bravia, and I have a pair of RCA cables plugged from the Bravia to the Sony unit for audio. Does this situation improve any when I get the 705?
- Are there opinions on the best place to buy it if customer service is not only necessary, but mandatory - if something goes wrong, I need to ship it back to the states etc. So while price is important, after sales service if necessary is a must have. I was thinking Crutchfield - even though they are more expensive, they have a long history, and I think a good reputation.
I should probably mention that my primary source of input is a PC that is being used as a HTPC. I have a video card with HDMI output, and want to use the SPDIF input on the 705. This is probably the biggest reason I am jumping to the 705 so soon. The Sony AVR has no digial inputs - they assumed that everything you will watch is on DVD. Since I live in the Philippines, I dont have access to many of the best shows on TV (Battlestar Galactica & Heroes among the best IMHO :-)). So I buy them online - its a nasty habit :-)
I also plan on getting an XBox 360 at some point (the one with the Blu Ray Disk player), but have not figured out how to keep my kids from playing it all day (hey, leave some time for Daddy! :-))
Sorry the post was so long winded, and hello to everyone out there