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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   maxwellSmart1

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Posted October 18 2013 - 01:10 AM

Hi all,

 

I'm about to buy a HT 5.1, but as I have to drill some walls before using the 5 speakers, I'd like to know if is it possible to use a 5.1 without the rear speakers, so as a temporary 2.1 HT.

 

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#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Al.Anderson

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Posted October 18 2013 - 02:54 AM

Any standard receiver will easily allow you to configure to 2.1 (and other non-5.1 configurations).  If you get a HTiB, the configuration options may be limited.



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Posted October 18 2013 - 03:46 AM

Thank you very much for your answer. Unfortunately I will do start with a HTiB :wacko:... I will ask to the product manifacturer, then.

Thanks again.



#4 of 13 OFFLINE   schan1269

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Posted October 18 2013 - 05:57 AM

Are you starting with HTiB or a pre-package?

 

There is a difference.

 

HTiB=proprietary system with BD player connecting to 6/8 speakers with specific plugs.

Pre-Package=real AVR with 5/7 speakers and a subwoofer that can be upgraded over time.



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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:17 AM

Sam makes a good point differentiating between HTiB and pre-packaged.  For instance this is a very nice pre-packaged set-up that can be configured:

 

http://www.amazon.co...yo home theater



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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:42 AM

My son has got one of those Onkyo packages (from Amazon, in fact).

 

He loves it.  And I am quite impressed by it.  It is perfect for an apartment, too. 


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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:46 AM

tnx for your answers!!! :)

 

:huh: ... I guess I am confused (newbie confused) :wacko: ... and low budget :(

I was oriented to buy a Samsung, as my TV is a Samsung too. The model I spot is HT-F5500 with 3D blu ray included. I guess it is not upgradable as the ampli is built in.

I read a little here and there and I understand that Onkyo is to be preferred. Your comments confirm this too, but a 5.1 or a 7.1 by onkyo dubles my budget (<300 euros). So, now the question is: Is it better a 5.1 by Samsung... or a 2.1 by Onkyo?

 

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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:49 AM

p.d. ...and please forgive me if I dared to compare a samsung to an onkyo :ph34r:



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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:51 AM

You don't have to buy "everything at once". If your budget is 300 euros...

 

http://www.amazon.co...&keywords=onkyo

 

And "any" pair of speakers.



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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:53 AM

This is even less...

 

http://www.amazon.co...keywords=yamaha

 

Both will be miles ahead of a Samsung HTiB. And when you can afford(and when you can use them) center/surround you can get them. Instead of "leaving them in the box".



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Posted October 18 2013 - 07:54 AM

If the need to go 2.1 is the drilling of the holes in the walls for the surrounds, can't you use speaker stands?  Even makeshift ones?

 

You'll be much happier in the long run with the Onkyo because of its ability to swap out parts when you decide its time to make things better or if something happens to go wrong with one of the pieces.  If the Samsung BD player and amplifier are a single unit then you are SOL if that unit goes bad...and to make matters worse, the speakers would probably be rendered useless because of some proprietary connections.  Not the case with the Onkyo. 

 

Of course, with the Onkyo you would need to add a separate Blu player (unless you have one already).

 

But a budget is a budget.  Only you know how flexible yours is and how important some of these decisions are.


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Posted October 20 2013 - 11:43 PM

Wow! I'd like to thank all of you for the time spent in answering and important suggestions.

Definitely Samsung is not a good choice, and I won't do a mistake in buy such a thing in a hurry.

I will take my time to think and evaluate all the choice.

 

Thank you again.

Max



#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 21 2013 - 06:26 AM

Good luck, Max.

 

Please let us know what path you decided to travel.

 

And you can always come back if you've got more questions!  :thumbs-up-smiley:


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