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It's time someone to step up to the plate and start creating small surround sound recievers specifically for PC use. And I don't mean home theater surround sound receivers. We have ipod, ipads, idocks, ect. all sorts of media players, but no mini surround sound receivers.

I'm looking for a surround sound receiver about the size of modem that I simply connect optical input from the sound card to, has a built in dolby digital decoder, amplifier, and 5.1 speaker outputs and that's it. I don't want to buy a Logitech z-5500 but so far this is the only thing that has the small surround sound decoder that I'm looking for! Why can't other companies just make the small amp/decoder for PC users, I'm sure there's a market for it.
Why do we either have to buy the logicrap, or a full blown home theater amp with gazillions of inputs we don't need?
Edited by aweir - 3/4/11 at 11:30am
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It's time someone to step up to the plate and start creating small surround sound recievers specifically for PC use. And I don't mean home theater surround sound receivers. We have ipod, ipads, idocks, ect. all sorts of media players, but no mini surround sound receivers.

I'm looking for a surround sound receiver about the size of modem that I simply connect optical input from the sound card to, has a built in dolby digital decoder, amplifier, and 5.1 speaker outputs and that's it. I don't want to buy a Logitech z-5500 but so far this is the only thing that has the small surround sound decoder that I'm looking for! Why can't other companies just make the small amp/decoder for PC users, I'm sure there's a market for it.
Why do we either have to buy the logicrap, or a full blown home theater amp with gazillions of inputs we don't need?
I got that logitech setup, its okay but i think it is about how audiophile you want to get about it. Many of those people just end up getting crazy sound cards and setups that are better than most people's home theaters.
I don't think it is neglected im not sure what you want. You can get regular stereo speakers, get a logitech steup, or get a low-high end home thater system. The way i see it it is like everything else you have the low end and the high end. What do you want exactly?
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I agree that if someone came out with a small reciever geared towards PC users and gamers it would fill a gap. Optical and hdmi ports with 5.1 speaker support, get rid of useless stuff like composite video. Have DD and DTS decoders, gaming surround support, dedicated headphone and microphone ports.
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Teac has some receivers in a pretty small size...the AG-L800 for example:

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It's time someone to step up to the plate and start creating small surround sound recievers specifically for PC use. And I don't mean home theater surround sound receivers. We have ipod, ipads, idocks, ect. all sorts of media players, but no mini surround sound receivers.

I'm looking for a surround sound receiver about the size of modem that I simply connect optical input from the sound card to, has a built in dolby digital decoder, amplifier, and 5.1 speaker outputs and that's it. I don't want to buy a Logitech z-5500 but so far this is the only thing that has the small surround sound decoder that I'm looking for! Why can't other companies just make the small amp/decoder for PC users, I'm sure there's a market for it.
Why do we either have to buy the logicrap, or a full blown home theater amp with gazillions of inputs we don't need?
good decoders and amplifiers and outputs require more space than a modem can provide. the transistors in a good receiver are huge and the circuitry for the audio alone takes up most of the board.
Unless you have a way to make a good high quality powered amp that makes little to no heat and have minimal EMI this will never happen
    
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I think mainstream people can breath a sign of relief, Paradigm is releasing their "affordable" line of products called "SHIFT" this March.

I'm pretty sure their self-powered speakers will blow away many, if not all, the speakers we've discussed on this forum.
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Also there's little point of surround sound in a small confined space like a computer desk.
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That Teac Reference AG-L800 looks really nice but again it has video inputs.

Confined space means nothing. There are plenty of small speakers readily available that have real quality, but no mini amps or recievers.

What if we only wanted to play games? Computers have dvd drives so the video inputs are pointless. There really is a gap in this area that needs to be filled. I hate to spend money on a receiver that just doesn't look right and won't fit near my PC.
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Even though it has extraneous video inputs, it's still a hell of a lot smaller than your average receiver...
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It's time someone to step up to the plate and start creating small surround sound recievers specifically for PC use. And I don't mean home theater surround sound receivers. We have ipod, ipads, idocks, ect. all sorts of media players, but no mini surround sound receivers.
You do realise your sound card is a surround sound receiver and decoder don't you? It receives digital surround sound signal from your DVD or Bluray player and will decode that digital signal and output it in surround sound through it's 3.5mm jacks.

If it was an external surround sound amp/receiver you wanted, they too exist now, but not in the form you are after - for PCs they are built into the surround sound speaker sets for PCs, like those from Logitech and Creative.

And if you just wanted an external decoder that is small, then they are also available and have been available for years - but you'll need to connect the decoder outputs to an amplifier to hear anything. But don't worry, because small amplifiers are also available too.

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I'm looking for a surround sound receiver about the size of modem that I simply connect optical input from the sound card to, has a built in dolby digital decoder, amplifier, and 5.1 speaker outputs and that's it.
Can I ask why you want this? If size is the problem, just use your soundcard for DAC and then use 5.1 PC speakers.

If it is for cost, then a 5.1 amp/receiver for home audio is hard to beat and will offer good DAC as well as a lot of power for your speakers (anywhere from 5x80wrms to 5x120wrms can be found cheap).

If you want small, but also want the ability to connect better speakers, then just buy a small external amplifier for the number of speakers you have and connect the amplier directly to your sound card outputs.
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