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Old 01-02-2011, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default Any home theater audio experts around?

I am a home theater newbie and looking for a nice sound system for my new TV - preferably under $750. My room is pretty small. About 15' x 20'.

I think I am looking for a 2.1 system. I do not want to run cables to the back of the room and I can not find any available decent quality wireless rear speaker kits available.

I already purchased and returned two set ups as they did not sound great. Sony CT-150 soundbar and sub didn't sound that great despite all the great reviews. Also I picked up a Bose Cinemax 2. Sound was pretty good, but sub would make a horrible crackling sound if I turned bass up. I am thinking I just got a bad unit.

My main question is that if I buy a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver (such as Pioneer VSX-1020), can I hook up just 2 speakers and a subwoofer? Or will it sound weird?

Secondly does anyone have any recommendations on what to get etc..

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Old 01-02-2011, 03:21 AM   #2
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Dude.. Go here immediately.. do not pass go.. do not collect $200.. This forum is the audio/video equivalent (or moreso) of HomeBrewTalk.. Ask your questions, read reviews.. register.. these people will hook you up.. just like the people here will do regarding HomeBrewing...

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Old 01-02-2011, 03:31 AM   #3
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Thanks I will check it out. I tried another audio forum and received no responses. I thought some people here might have some knowledge.

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Naw man.. That's the place you want to go.. just like this is for HB..

I have been a member there for years... Every time I need to replace, troubleshoot, repair, or upgrade something, the geeks there have been super.. and their advice spot on...

And the geeks there are even geekier about their 'obsessions' than the geeks here...

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avsforum is the ****z. I've been a member there since time began.

Bad sound might be a problem with the room, not the equipment. I have an odd room with a lot of windows that I just can't tune properly. Too much reflection.

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You may also want to go to Parts Express on the internet. Along with a forum, they have experts on the phone you can consult with. Good gear, great prices, and they won't steer you wrong.

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I was up until 2.30 last night reading the above AV forum. I ended up ordering a Pioneer 920 receiver, with all BIC America speakers. DV62si bookshelf speakers, DV32CLR center and F12 subwoofer. With all the cables etc I was at about $715 shipped from Amazon.

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Siht, now that's a quick decision! Let us know how it sounds.

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Normally you can turn off unused channels in your receiver. just leave the fronts and the sub on. consider 3.1 Left-Center-Right. it will give you nice definition of vocal positioning.

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