Welcome to HD sound

As a keen enthusiast of home cinema, but normally lacking the budget to realise my wildest dreams (who wouldn’t want a walk-in cinema in their house?) … over the years I have steadily built up a home entertainment set-up to be proud of.  I have adopted technologies like Blu-ray and high definition television, but often struggled to compliment such things like this with a sound system worthy enough.  Yes I’ve wasted money, cut corners etc, like we all do unless we’re wealthy individuals … but at long last I think I have a system that truly brings my home cinema dream full circle.


Pictured above is the all-in-one Onkyo HT-S3505 which consists of a full 5.1 speaker package as well as a quality receiver that can deliver Dolby Digital, Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio the way movies etc. were meant to be heard.  First experience with it, I am enjoying it a great deal.  It’s a rich and immersive sound be it either watching TV or a movie and the nice rumble of the subwoofer, the crystal clear sound of the centre speaker, complimented by the left, right and rear speakers really creates a hell of an enjoyable sound… especially for this novice.  With this I can finally give a real opinion on a movie’s sound performance in reviews (although this won’t be a regular feature due to sometimes watching movies on a different set-up) but it’s still great to have the option.

So TheMovieReport is all equipped to test out both HD image quality and Sound if necessary (perhaps on catalogue titles?) and continue to offer an opinion, good or bad back to you my beloved readers. 


New sound system

With the advent of Sky to my gradually growing home entertainment set-up, as well as adopting Blu-ray a while back, I felt it was well overdue that I go for a decent sound system to further compliment my (just over) year old Samsung 40″ LED television…

Here’s what I’ve gone for.  It enables me to hook up both the Sky HD box and my Panasonic Blu-ray player, for (hopefully) much improved sound.  Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 Integrated Amplifer & Cambridge Audio S20 compact loud speakers.

Update (13/01/2012):  Well I have the system set up and connected to my LED Television, Sky HD and Blu-ray player.  Verdict?  Very nice indeed.  The Amplifier itself is of a very good build quality and weighs a fair amount, made from brushed aluminium, and the high-end workmanship is in no doubt.  The speakers are also very well made, heavy too and sound great.  The system itself is not overly bass-ey, if that’s a word, but has a nice natural feel, with depth to it that compliments viewing television well.  When viewing a movie (I tested it on an action sequence in Avatar) it impressed with a very immersive and surround-like experience, which I had trouble finding any fault with.  It’s still early days, but at the moment I am well happy.