Last edited on November 10th 2006.
In my tiny 13' x 12' living room I have taken pains to install:
Samsung something-or-other 32" LCD TV. This has been great, especially for a fairly cheap unit. When I get a decent aerial I'll enjoy the freeview facilities too.
TU-DSB 30 Sky Digital satellite receiver. It's run happily for more
than three years now, touch wood, and is considered to be amongst
the best of its kind.
VHR-H790 nicam video recorder. I inherited this from my Dad when he
got into a rage with it and replaced it; it's actually a nice video which works well,
with a killer fast wind on it.
Super-VHS nicam video recorder, because there's 400 lines of
resolution. Woohoo. It's a good vcr, and I got it cheap.
STRV 555 ES av receiver. A beast. An unreliable one, mind you.
Transformer cracked, took 4 weeks to get the part from Sony...
Spank. And the enormous touch-screen remote is surprisingly
unfriendly. But when it fires up, you know about it. The lights dim. Really.
DSP 640 EX av amplifier. This has all the latest decoding standards,
like Dolby ProLogic II and DTS Neo6, and it does true 6.1
amplification. It doesn't have the grunt of the Sony, but I'm going
to interconnect them in such a way as to derive the benefits of
both; when I have space.
Genesis cd player. Cost a fortune (£600) 7 or 8 years ago.
I've never regretted the expense. Sounds like a good turntable –
i.e. rather better than a CD player. This still takes some beating.
TiVo first-generation unit. I'm impressed. Does what it said it
would! Definitely a life-changer.
Toshiba SD 350E DVD player. I've junked the annoying blue LEDs on the tray. But if you forget the silly HDMI connector and its associated dysfunctions, and hook this thing up for progressive scan, it's a great little cheap player.
B & W CDM-1NT speakers on Atacama Nexus 6 stands. What do I say? Fantastic - if costly - speakers with "unparalleled imaging and control". Yep, I said it because I can spell it.
Cresta centre speaker. A good clear dialogue speaker.
Panasonic DMR E10 DVD recorder. This makes good recordings, although it's not too great a player.
Monitor Mk2 speakers. Fine as rears on a surround rig. I'm less
convinced for hifi use.
I have another hifi which I use on my landing where my computer is. This is where everything except A/V entertainment tends to happen. Actually, kit is always migrating around the house in various combinations - the following is essentially spare gear:
KX 490 cassette deck - great durable and detailed-sounding recorder.
You need tape.
prehistoric direct drive Hitachi turntable to play my prehistoric
LPs. James Last rocks.
KAF-3030R amplifier - I like this airy, powerful amp a lot.
Mission 700 speakers - there's little argument against these at the £50 I paid for them brand new.