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Hey so in my bedroom I have my computer with a klipsch Pro media 2.1 set up and as a second monitor, I have it hooked up to my HDTV and I play movies off of it.

The thing is I'm looking for a 5.1 set up for my tv to add to the effect of the movies. I'm not looking for anything spectacular - just something to trump the tv's speakers - which shouldn't be hard.

Would it even be logical to have a 2.1 and 5.1 set up in the same room? I know 2.1 set ups are better for music and i love the way my klipsch pro medias sound.
Or would it be better to ditch them and just play everything through my 5.1 set up? If I did that, it would be tricky to set up the speakers to accommodate the positioning of both my computer and tv.

With that said - could anyone suggest a receiver and 5.1 set up for around $350-400?
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Originally Posted by Zakel2 View Post
Hey so in my bedroom I have my computer with a klipsch Pro media 2.1 set up and as a second monitor, I have it hooked up to my HDTV and I play movies off of it.

The thing is I'm looking for a 5.1 set up for my tv to add to the effect of the movies. I'm not looking for anything spectacular - just something to trump the tv's speakers - which shouldn't be hard.

Would it even be logical to have a 2.1 and 5.1 set up in the same room? I know 2.1 set ups are better for music and i love the way my klipsch pro medias sound.
Or would it be better to ditch them and just play everything through my 5.1 set up? If I did that, it would be tricky to set up the speakers to accommodate the positioning of both my computer and tv.

With that said - could anyone suggest a receiver and 5.1 set up for around $350-400?
Edit: Also, mine are in my bedroom until I move out this year, but the Onkyo don't have stupid overpowered bass like the Sony's downstairs so I can listen to things at a decent volume without annoying everybody
I use an Onkyo 5.1 set up I got on special for £200 and it is amazing. My graphics card utilizes HDMI into the receiver so that I can use the TV as the second screen, but also use the HDMI as the audio out for the receiver

This is very similar, more expensive but I think mine was about £80 off anyway. Of course, look around the sites for your country, but Onkyo is a well known brand

It may be an expensive route, but you will keep them for a long time and they are great for films, games, music etc due to the presets.
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for that money you should be looking at htibs for sure.

$300:



$400:


You can just not use the extra two speakers on the latter set if you don't want to.
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Understand if you are on a budget but I can't even explain how awful those HTIBs are. I would try almost any other alternative. Best approach is to chip away and buy a few functional components at a time and eventually you will have a full 5.1 or 7.1 setup. Quality components will sound so much better and last you a lot longer
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well if the man wants surround sound right now and he is only willing to spend $400, an htib is his only option...and they aren't that bad. of course, i would rather have a higher quality system even if i had to build it over time, but $400 is a super low starting budget for that as well.

anyway, people have to make compromises depending on their budget, and i can't think of anything else to recommend that meets his.
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well if the man wants surround sound right now and he is only willing to spend $400, an htib is his only option...and they aren't that bad. of course, i would rather have a higher quality system even if i had to build it over time, but $400 is a super low starting budget for that as well.

anyway, people have to make compromises depending on their budget, and i can't think of anything else to recommend that meets his.
I agree with you. Just trying to give some other options to consider. It is my strong opinion that you are better off in the long run using quality components that will last.

It is at least worth questioning long term solutions vs. short term.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Snake4812 View Post

It is at least worth questioning long term solutions vs. short term.

Very true - I'm still not sure how I'm going to hook it all up.

Computer > Tv > Reciever? I still want to use the 5.1 set up for cable/regular dvds. And I think I still want to save my 2.1 set up on my computer for listening to music but I can't justify having a 2.1 and 5.1 set up in the same room.

Maybe I will just deal with the crappy tv speakers for now and drop the $300-$400 on a receiver and start building a set. The thing is - I know absolutely nothing about sound equipment - like I still don't know the complete function of a receiver.
Edited by Zakel2 - 7/20/11 at 7:57pm
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post #8 of 11
a receiver is a video & audio processor + amplifier + tuner

you connect your things like a bluray player, game consoles, cable box, etc to the receiver, and run a cable from it to the tv

you connect all your speakers to the receiver for power
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That makes sense >.< - maybe I will do more reading before I start looking for products.
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Personally I am going with a stereo setup mainly because I spend most of my time lisening to music and I would rather have a clean,clear,crisp, and accurate sound than filling my room with cheap speakers.

I had a home theater in a box Onkyo and it was good for what I wanted. I would suggest going to Best Buy and any other place and lisen to speakers and see what you like, but I would suggest not getting a boxed set.

Example:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Klipsch+...&skuId=9388879

Then add a reciever that works for you. You can usally find recievers used for a good price.
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