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home tv 5.1 surround system

Hey guys,

I've never done a surround system before. I am currently using a 2.1 setup on my tv which is great, but I am thinking about diving into the surround world and I have no idea where to start.

I am in no way an audio head, and I don't need the greatest bestest thing ever. I just want to be watching a movie and be like, " hey, whoa, it sounded like that helicopter came from over there, that was cool".

I have a monoprice near me, and I think I would like to use what they have, but I don't even know what to get.

Do I need a receiver? how do I connect the tv? How do I get the audio to follow the different inputs from the tv, Firestick, computer, Xbox, etc...

What other questions am I not even asking...

Thanks for any guidance.

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This is a good all around layout if you have the room to accommodate it. I won't speak to components as I haven't been involved in home theater recently and don't know where the good deals are at. A lot of this comes down to "Well, it depends" as there are so many different factors involved.

Most importantly, don't buy a sound bar as they are for people wanting simplicity over quality. Also anything Bose is a poor choice compared to a well thought out setup.

I'm sure some other members will chime in soon with a bit more detail on component selection for you.
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Speaker placement is important as above posted. There is variance to the rule of placements but that is determined once you get your rig setup. Other things to decide is how much power you want. You can do good solid systems 5.1 or 7.1 or 9.1s, at that then comes the receivers and the features. Budget ones may not have near the wow factor of bells and whistles but the speakers need to be matched to work together is possible. Speaker reviews are good to help understand what you can arrive from them. Small room you may get by with 10 inch or a 12 inch sub. Do note how well you room is for sound bleeding outside the house. Nothing worst then neighbors getting mad for hearing the thumps. Other choices can be down firing or front, do the speakers sound in your face out front or more natural. Many things that can complicate just buying without wasting money.
If you can find a dealer that can allow you to setup and demo in your home to see and hear the differences if you like or not like. Other items you can consider is building some acoustic panels for the walls and then speaker stands or wall mounts or ceiling. Most receivers come with a mic to allow you to set the speakers measurement proper.

Really the sky is the limit based on your budget. Center channels go above or below the screen. DO you want a Flat screen or a projector.

I done the surround thing years ago and really if you don't have a dedicated space just for it I found it does not yield the enjoyment it should. At this point I just want old fashion HiFi to just zone out and try to experience the artist/s and musicians.
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Depending on budget and needs, you will want to look at an AVR (Audio/Video Receiver) most likely to connect all your speakers to. I would suggest going with a standalone AVR over a 5.1 / 7.1 in a box solution (where you get the speakers and AVR all together in a box) if you want to have more options down the road. If you just want a simple "plug and play" solution, you could always go for the boxed solutions and you get everything you need and a decent experience for most non-audiophile folks.

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Not to sound negative but stay away from boxed systems. They are usually tailored to fit the AVR unit and they skimp on what make a surround system what it is suppose to be. I have had several boxed system and if I use real speakers or swap the subwoofer nothing sounds right. IT is strictly built around the AVR unit.
Buy a separate system, it is like building a real gaming PC not one of those Dorky dells that use basic end components. You spend more but you will have the options to use it for HiFi or surround and your quality of sound reproduction will be miles above.
Most sales people will sell you on that boxed crap but remember if you don't know what you want they really could care less. they will sell you expensive or cheap just to help you out the door.
Another thing check around you may find a used set of Klipsch 5.1 on CL or whatever area listing you use. research the models and prices then negotiate for the whole package. Some user decide to sell them if they move into a place they can't play them of don't have room for them.

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Oh sorry, I never mean to get a boxed solution with upgrades in mind... just a set and forget kinda deal for those that don't want to drop multiple thousands on speakers, sub and AVR.

I personally wouldn't touch them either, but I understand why some might be drawn to them.

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