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  1. Doug Mehnert

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    Alright guys.. bear with me. This is my first post and I am relatively unfamiliar with the technology available today.

    I am closing on a new home in a few days and am trying to figure out what I should do for my TV setup in the family room.

    I have currently:

    LG 55LM8600 55" 3D HDTV
    Pioneer VSX-1021K Receiver (i really like the unit as it has a good bit of features and a ton of inputs)
    Apple TV (3rd Generation)
    Sony BDP-S5100 (i think... its currently packed deep in a box somewhere in my garage) Bluray Player

    I will also be connecting a Verizon FiOS HD DVR box to the system.

    My dilemma is that I don't know what I should really do from a setup standpoint. I will be mounting the TV on the wall above a media stand. I have been entertaining the idea of a soundbar but I want to use my receiver to control the volume level and change inputs, which it is my understanding that I can't do with an active SB. That being said, if i were to forgo the receiver and use an active soundbar, how much of a sacrifice will I have to give in terms of sound quality?

    What other options do I have and what would you all recommend? Passive soundbar? Wireless speakers? I am open to suggestions from the resident experts here.

    Thanks

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    Are there not speakers currently attached to the receiver? You don't need both a receiver and a sound bar.
     
  3. Doug Mehnert

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    Carl, I should have clarified that in my original post. I have some Bose bookshelf speakers that are larger than I would prefer for my new setup and a Yamaha center speaker. Of which, I will be retiring in the move.

    I'm not necessarily looking for a 5.1 setup like I currently have since I don't ever use it really. Our family mostly just watches television shows and sports games. What I am looking for is a speaker setup that will yield a clean setup and be able to saturate the room with quality sound. I also like the idea of the receiver option because I can eventually add a wireless set of outdoor speakers for my second zone on to the patio.
     
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    In your situation I would buy a pair of small speakers and hook them to your existing receiver rather than getting a sound bar. That's what I currently use in my home. I downsized to a stereo sound system from 5.1 when I moved from a house to an apartment. 5.1 is a nice luxury, but you can get really good sound from two speakers.
     
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    Would it be worth it to opt for a center channel as well? What speakers would you recommend for a space sized around 15x15?
     
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    Atlantic Tech passive soundbar.
     
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    Have a model in mind?
     
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    What kind of budget do you have in mind? How big is too big for the speaker size? Are you going to have a sub with the new setup?
     
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    They only have one that fits your goal of no surround speakers.
     
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    By the way, even if wireless speakers were an option, your AVR doesn't have preouts.
     
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    I was thinking somewhere in the 300$ range.
     
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    There is nothing at $300 that is "room filling".I use the BA TVee25 in two bedrooms...they are adequate.$300 is "adequate".
     
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    Here are what I see as some options for you since you're bringing your own AVR to the party.

    [*]Passive soundbar + powered sub $270. If you want to go the soundbar route
    [*]Bookshelf speakers of your choosing + powered sub for a nice 2.1 or get two sets of the same bookshelf speakers to make a 3.1 with one spare speaker
    [*]Full 5.1 set with only the front 3 + sub. Something like this set or this set if you want small speakers.
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    The only issue with a 3 channel LCR is if the Pioneer can't do center, without the surround active.If it can, great.If not...up your budget for the Atlantic Tech 7 channel soundbar.Or...sell the Pioneer (not getting much for it).
     

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