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#1 of 11 pk&k

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Posted August 18 2013 - 10:09 AM

Hi All,

 

We have a Bose Wave Radio that we are using for our HDTV, which provides adequate sound.  I would like to somehow add a subwoofer, though, as I am a bass-lover.  Is there a relatively inexpensive way to do this?

 

You can probably tell I am a newbie :D

 

Thanks



#2 of 11 schan1269

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Posted August 18 2013 - 10:48 AM

Depends on what connection you are using between the TV and B-WR. (I've never looked at a B-WR, so I don't even know what connections it has)

But yes, splitting your audio output and running it to the B-WR and a separate sub is possible. They'll just have separate volumes to adjust.

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Posted August 18 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hi All,

 

We have a Bose Wave Radio that we are using for our HDTV, which provides adequate sound.  I would like to somehow add a subwoofer, though, as I am a bass-lover.  Is there a relatively inexpensive way to do this?

 

You can probably tell I am a newbie :D

 

Thanks

 

 

 Probably not the answer you are looking for---BUT:

 

 I'd retire the bose to a secondary system(kitchen, bedroom, etc) and start with a basic component 2.1 system for your main viewing area. An entry level receiver, pair of decent book shelf speakers, and a good $200-300 sub will set you back $500-600. But now you have the foundation for a respectable 5.1 system down the road AND the currently "2.1" performance will be magnitudes better than what you have now imo. 

 

 Tom V.



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Posted August 21 2013 - 11:55 AM

Thanks.  Would it be worth maybe going with something like this instead?

 

http://www.amazon.co... theater system



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Posted August 21 2013 - 12:06 PM

Thanks. Would it be worth maybe going with something like this instead?

http://www.amazon.co... theater system


Or the 5500. There is nothing "wrong" with the 3500. It just uses a passive sub.

But, will it outperform the B-WR?

Absolutely.

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Posted August 21 2013 - 12:07 PM

It just uses a passive sub.

 

What's a passive sub?



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Posted August 21 2013 - 12:10 PM

Means the AVR powers it.

Vs the 5500 coming with a self-powered sub.

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Posted August 21 2013 - 02:39 PM

And since most receivers support powered subs, and most subs are powered, if you even want to upgrade that 3500 or replace a defective piece, you'll be hard pressed to do so.  But if it's an interim solution, or you just want to save a few bucks, as Sam said there's nothing wrong with the 3500.  (Especially for the price.)



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Posted August 22 2013 - 12:17 PM

Isn't the s5500 7.1 though? Would the S6500 be a good choice?  I want it to sound great, but not break the bank.



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Posted August 22 2013 - 12:35 PM

Looking at the Onkyo site, the 6500 has a network connection, has more HDMI connections, and has an out put for a zone 2 (but needs another amp to use it); the 5500 has discrete amps, a wood cabinet and is cheaper. 

 

As for the 7.1, you can just not attach the rear speakers, not a big deal.  All decent amps let you turn off channels you aren't using.

 

I didn't read the manual, but I like network connectivity; but if I were trying to save a few bucks I'd go with the 5500, since most network features can be had one other components (like s media device or a BD/DVD).



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Posted August 22 2013 - 12:37 PM

I don't "keep track" of pre-package systems. I was merely moving up the numbers.




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