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#1 8 years ago

I'm currently looking at buying a surround sound system. It'll be used in my bedroom, so something massive isn't exactly what I'm looking for. 4-5 channels and a subwoofer is what I'm looking at. Bose, ain't no way in hell am I buying something that expensive. I'm looking for something that won't break the bank, but still sounds good. It can be a package (meaning amp/receiver with speakers) or separate. Any good options out there?




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#2 8 years ago

Depends on your budget, but I just purchased the Panasonic SC-BT737 and I couldn't be happier, sounds amazing! And was very cheap at only $1,000




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#3 8 years ago
And was very cheap at only $1,000

You have a strange definition of cheap......

But yeah, as above. Are these for a PC or a TV / home theater setup?


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#4 8 years ago
You have a strange definition of cheap......

For a Blu-Ray HTS? Not really... BD Players are $200-$300 for basic ones with no internet connection abilitys (Thus, in a years time can't play new BD movies) and can't access the BD Live content. Decent BD Players are $500-$600 so you can access BD Live and update them, the 5.1 speakers, which include wireless rear and were released world wide 2 months ago, costed an extra $350. BD Player costed about $600 600+350=950. I bought an Optical Cable for SPDIF Out, which took it to $1,000. CRACKERS for a decent setup.




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Sgt. D. Pilla;5362397For a Blu-Ray HTS? Not really... BD Players are $200-$300 for basic ones with no internet connection abilitys (Thus, in a years time can't play new BD movies) and can't access the BD Live content. Decent BD Players are $500-$600 so you can access BD Live and update them, the 5.1 speakers, which include wireless rear and were released world wide 2 months ago, costed an extra $350. BD Player costed about $600 600+350=950. I bought an Optical Cable for SPDIF Out, which took it to $1,000. CRACKERS for a decent setup.

Eh.

$1000 is just a lot of money, regardless of what it's for. For me the PS3 is a perfectly acceptable blu-ray player with optical out and BD Live etc. and I picked one up for £100.

Got an amp and some decent speakers for about £250 and it's all lovely and grand on a properly set-up 42" 1080p TV....

And TBH I've yet to see a setup I prefer more than what I've got. Cost me well less than $1000 for the whole lot.


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#6 8 years ago

Yes but I'm anal about that stuff, From what I've seen of PS3's they are slow to load a BD disk. Plus I use Viera Link with all my products, 1 remote, 5 devices including TV. All power on/off at the same time.

I'd only ever buy a PS3 new from a retail store, that type of money I'm not a huge fan of spending on ebay for security reasons, that said, they can be had for $600 new for the 60GB model. Then I still have to buy speakers, so you see my dilemma, it still works out around the same price in the end once I purchase decent speakers and cabling. Plus the speakers wouldn't be rear wireless without spending some serious $$.

And half the PS3 is a waste because I dont have, and would not buy PS3 games.




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#7 8 years ago

FileTrekker;5362387You have a strange definition of cheap......

But yeah, as above. Are these for a PC or a TV / home theater setup?

TV/HT setup.

I'm not exactly sure what the model names for everything is, but, I've got:

  • 22" LG HDTV (720p)
  • LG Blu-Ray player with possible internet connection (if I ever get one in my room)
  • Samsung HD Cable Box (courtesy of Time Warner Cable)
  • Xbox 360

The Blu-Ray player and the cable box are running directly into the TV via a HDMI cable...each. My 360 is using the HD component cable ports on the back.

So, with that in mind, I have 3 devices going into the TV.

And my budget? 600-700 or less. The lower the better, but I don't wanna skimp on quality for the price.




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#8 8 years ago

For $700 you can get speakers I got with my HTS. Basically the HTS is just made up of components you can buy standalone.

Then simply connect the SPDIF via an Optical cable to the amp that the speakers and wireless base station come back into and all your TV devices will output via the 5.1ch setup.

In my case the BluRay player itself is the amp, but you can purchase a device that replaces it. That is, in my case all speakers and the wireless rear base station come back to my BD player.

But you can purchase a device from Panasonic to replace the BD Player, so all speakers go back to that instead. Being a Panasonic HTS, they would be some what proprietary connections so they in all likely hood won't connect to your Blu Ray player at present.

When I get home from work I'll try to remember to post up model numbers and the device you'll need to act as the central speaker point/amp.




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#9 8 years ago

Way to stay on topic guys. I think he asked about surround sound, not about how much BluRay players cost.

1000$ for a QUALITY audio receiver and 5.1 speaker set is not really all that expensive. Not cheap, but not expensive. These 300$ "home theater in a box" systems are terrible quality.

Using a BD player as an amp is alright, if it's specifically designed to act as an audio receiver as well, but again won't be super-quality sound.




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#10 8 years ago
I think he asked about surround sound, not about how much BluRay players cost.

Correct. And thus we were debatting weather a $1,000 Surround Sound system is worth it, which happens to include a BD player.