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Alright, so I have never been much of a home theater type person, have pretty much always used my computer to view my media. Which leaves me a bit lost as I know next to nothing about home audio.

I recently graduated and got a new job, so I just finished moving into my new place and finally decided to setup a semi-proper setup to watch TV, movies, and play my console games.

The TV

I currently have the chromecast hooked up to it but might end up running cables to just hook it up to my computer. And that is kind of where things get confusing for me.

If I do hook it up to my computer (other side of the room) I don't want it to use my computer speakers.

If that is just a headache I am not against building a small HTPC for it. I just have a lot of movies, tv, and media in general on my computer that I'd love to watch on a bigger screen.

I have a feeling I am going to need a reciever?

TV has 3 HDMI ports that currently have the Chromecast and Xbox hooked up to it and I am sure a HD cable box soon enough.

I am not looking for mind blowing sound, just something better than the build in speakers. Was thinking maybe a sound bar? I don't need surround, fine with 2.1, but the option to expand would be nice I suppose.

Budget is flexible, thinking sub-500 though.

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LG 5.1 Setup

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Does it have a variable headphones out? Like if you hook up headphones will the TV's volume control still work on the headphones?

If not what other output options are there?
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Not entirely sure what part you're asking for....

TV inputs/outputs:

 
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Yeah you're going to have to use the optical out. I was trying to save you from needing multiple remotes.

I'd suggest an entry level receiver and some good bookshelfs to get you started.
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Ah, yeah, I figured I'd be stuck with multiple anyways, lol.

Any suggestions for the receiver and bookshelf speakers?
 
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Here's an interesting thread............

This

Try not to read other posts on this forum. It'll just depress you. These guys are WAY into audio!
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