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When the front room is finished my parents want a home theater system, there's a few guidelines that they'd like to follow, they definitely want surround sound, and need everything to set it up and connect it to the TV (I'm not too experienced with home theater systems, not sure what type of components are required but I have a general idea).

Here's how the room looks (forgive my terrible drawing, just a 5 min sketch in paint);



The idea is that two speakers will go in the front concaves on stands, and the rear ones will be similarly placed but behind the couch. I have quite a few questions; does the setup require a subwoofer or are the speakers enough? what components are involved (reciever, amplifier, speakers, etc)? since the rear speakers are closer, is there any way of turning the volume down to match the front pair? is a center speaker required?

There's no budget but they don't want to be spending too much. Is £1000 enough to cover everything?

Thanks in advance.
Edited by GoTMaXPoWeR - 5/6/11 at 12:20pm
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http://www.overclock.net/hi-fi-gear/
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Sorry if it's in the wrong section, I just don't exactly know what sort of setup it'd be.. I figured a HiFi is a two speaker system. I thought home theater setups were completely different.
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Lol.. £1000 and you send him to hifi?
But you will need a receiver, subwoofer if this is mainly for movies for sure. Sorry I can't help you pick parts (don't know whats avail over there).
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Lol.. £1000 and you send him to hifi?
But you will need a receiver, subwoofer if this is mainly for movies for sure. Sorry I can't help you pick parts (don't know whats avail over there).
Thanks for clarifying.

Bump anyway, I know there's guys around these parts that know what they're talking about. Help!
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Something such as this speaker deal would be great:

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/p...roduct_ID/7428

You'll need a Receiver aswell as that, if you spend around £400 on one and then you have ~£100 for any remaining cables and stands.

I highly recommend you get to SuperFi (There is one in Manchester City center and one in Stockport) and let them recommend some gear for your budget. You'll then be able to listen to whatever they recommend and decide for yourself if you like the sound.

For a surround system, I would highly recommend a Subwoofer and a Center speaker, it will make a massive difference when watching films (that speaker package I linked has both)

As for the rear speaker distances, you can control the volume (and distance) of each channel through the AV Receiver.

And just to be nosey, where in Manchester do you live?
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Something such as this speaker deal would be great:

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/p...roduct_ID/7428

You'll need a Receiver aswell as that, if you spend around £400 on one and then you have ~£100 for any remaining cables and stands.

I highly recommend you get to SuperFi (There is one in Manchester City center and one in Stockport) and let them recommend some gear for your budget. You'll then be able to listen to whatever they recommend and decide for yourself if you like the sound.

For a surround system, I would highly recommend a Subwoofer and a Center speaker, it will make a massive difference when watching films (that speaker package I linked has both)

As for the rear speaker distances, you can control the volume (and distance) of each channel through the AV Receiver.

And just to be nosey, where in Manchester do you live?
Ah that sounds decent, besides a few of the instrument shops around here I wasn't aware there was anything specialising in home audio equipment. That setup you posted sounds like a decent deal, I might take a trip to SuperFi tomorrow and see if they'll let me demo them.

I live in Bury. The northern end.
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That setup you posted sounds like a decent deal, I might take a trip to SuperFi tomorrow and see if they'll let me demo them.

I live in Bury. The northern end.
With all that cable thrown in, it's a fantastic deal.
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When the front room is finished my parents want a home theater system, there's a few guidelines that they'd like to follow, they definitely want surround sound, and need everything to set it up and connect it to the TV (I'm not too experienced with home theater systems, not sure what type of components are required but I have a general idea).

Here's how the room looks (forgive my terrible drawing, just a 5 min sketch in paint);



The idea is that two speakers will go in the front concaves on stands, and the rear ones will be similarly placed but behind the couch. I have quite a few questions; does the setup require a subwoofer or are the speakers enough? what components are involved (reciever, amplifier, speakers, etc)? since the rear speakers are closer, is there any way of turning the volume down to match the front pair? is a center speaker required?

There's no budget but they don't want to be spending too much. Is £1000 enough to cover everything?

Thanks in advance.
If the front speakers are big(floorstanding) you dont really need a subwoofer, you can set your receiver to send the bass to the front speakers.
Center speaker is a must.
The amplifier(receiver) has the option to adjust each speaker volume individually.
If you use 5 speakers the rear speakers should be in the same line with your couch, not behind.
With a 7 speakers setup you will have 2 speakers behind the couch

Edited by IOSEFINI - 5/7/11 at 7:16am
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Most decent receivers come with a microphone that does the setup for you.... mine for instance, is a Onkyo and it has you place the microphone in the preferred positions for viewing/listening (where people will sit at about ear level 1,2,3). This is done 1 at a time and it makes setup a snap. It is really tough to get it right manually as you need to set crossover for the sub and speakers. I can tell you that mine sounds amazing. I would look for a receiver that does that. And you really need the 5.1 setup (2 front, 1 center, 1 subwoofer, 2 surround (or rear).
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