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Good speakers and subwoofer for a 3.1 setup

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by newbie11, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. newbie11

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    Hi,

    I realize this is waaay below the level of sophistication of systems you normally discuss here, but I'm hoping the experts on this forum can help me out.

    I just got a new TV (Vizio M65-E0) that has only one HDMI port capable of handling 4K UHD input. I have two devices currently that output 4K UHD (Blu Ray player and Roku) and it's possible that I'll be adding more in the future. Because of my room setup (and my wife's wishes) I can't do rear speakers.

    So what I'm looking for are recommendations for what subwoofer to get, and what speakers to get for the left, right and center channels for below $500 total. That's not a hard upper limit on the cost, though.

    I'm also looking for recommendations a receiver that can handle 4-5 4K UHD inputs, and give me good sound the best possible sound with just the three front speakers. I'd like to be able to adjust the volume on the center speaker separately to make voices easier to hear in movies. I've posted a separate request for receiver recommendations at
    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/receiver-for-3-1-speaker-setup.355236/

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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    Are you sure about that???

    All your HDMI inputs can handle 4k just fine. The one HDMI can handle 4:4:4 and 60 frames per second while the rest cannot. This is only important for some video games.
     
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    I'm not sure about anything -- my head's spinning. Here's what it says about the ports in the owner's manual:

    HDMI 1:
    - ARC available only on HDMI 1.
    - supports HDMI V2.0
    - 600MHz pixel clock rate:
    [email protected], 4:4:4, 8-bit
    [email protected], 4:2:2, 12-bit
    [email protected], 4:2:0, 12-bit

    HDMI 2-4:
    - supports HDMI v1.4
    - 340MHz pixel clock rate:
    [email protected], 4:2:0 8-bit

    Given those specs for the built-in ports, will I see better-looking video if I connect all my 4k UHD inputs to an AV receiver and connect that AVR to the TV via HDMI port 1? Or will the video look the same as it would if I connected the inputs directly to HDMI ports 2-4?
     
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    It will look the same either way. The best bet is to use the receiver as a switch so you get the best sound. But, it really doesn't matter which HDMI you use for the 4K picture.

    BTW - I have a 42" E series Vizio in the bedroom and a 70" M series in the theater room. Great TV's for the money. :D
     
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    Wow, I'm grateful you told me that. If that's the case I'll probably just go with a 3.1 soundbar, which was my original plan until I got sidetracked by worrying about the HDMI inputs on the TV.

    I'm really glad I posted on this forum!
     

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