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For the same price as a sound bar I might as well just buy the real thing mad.gif

How do these compare to a real surround sound system? I would like to be able to play my games in surround sound without all the wires and cables, but I want sound to be convincing.

EDIT: I have 5 pairs of speakers, all different types, no sub, and no surround sound receiver. Using all different mix and match speakers for a surround system is not going to sound good. So I want to use my main towers with 12" woofers for music, and the surround bar for games.

My computer desk has a 30" shelf built into it, right above the monitor which would be perfect. Can you recommend an all-in-one surround bar with built in receiver.
Edited by aweir - 1/5/11 at 9:59pm
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soundbar's don't ussaly sound anything like a surround sound (obviuoly) but have the size and less cables/speaker advantage
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There is no way to cheat and get true surround sound. You can't really have the sound appear to be coming from your side without having a speaker beside you. I'm sure sound bars sound great but there is no way that they can cheat physics...

There are wireless speakers like the Bose SL2. However, they still need to have power so they have wires that run into the AC power outlets. They simply don't have wires that stretch across your living room and connect to the receiver. And they are Bose... I'm not a fan of Bose.

If you use a rug and nice flat colored wires you can make the wiring of a surround sound system pretty unnoticeable. They make special speaker wires that are flat so that it does not create noticeable bumps in a carpet when you run it underneath.
    
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I can get the Sony HT-CT150 for $250 which has excellent reviews, or a 5.1/7.1 receiver for around $200-$250 and just use the speakers that I have and risk having them sound like crap.
Here's what I have:

Technics 3-way towers w/ 12" woofer
Pioneer 3 way towers with dual 8" woofers
Infinity 2 way towers with 8" woofer
Bookshelf speakers with 8" woofer
Infinity bookshelfs with 5.25" woofers.

I can easily have a 7.1 channel system, but I don't have a sub.
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If your price range is below $300 you are not going to be able to get a nice surround sound system, period.

EDIT: Your speakers don't look bad though. Why not get a receiver and see what it sounds like?
    
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I can get the Sony HT-CT150 for $250 which has excellent reviews, or a 5.1/7.1 receiver for around $200-$250 and just use the speakers that I have and risk having them sound like crap.
Here's what I have:

Technics 3-way towers w/ 12" woofer
Pioneer 3 way towers with dual 8" woofers
Infinity 2 way towers with 8" woofer
Bookshelf speakers with 8" woofer
Infinity bookshelfs with 5.25" woofers.

I can easily have a 7.1 channel system, but I don't have a sub.
Don't need a sub. I think the towers can handle the low end.
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