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Receiver Advice 5.1 vrs 7.1 (1 Viewer)

barrowsr

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Robin Barrows
HI,

I'm new to Home Theater and am shopping for a receiver to go with the speakers I've installed in the room. I was allowed to place a pair of 6 inch ceiling speakers just behind our seating position and a pair of 6.5 inch wall speakers in front on either side of the TV. The TV cabinet will contain a center speaker and I think I can talk her into putting a powered Sub-woofer between our chairs (the wiring is there). Since I'm locked into the number of speakers mentioned - is a 7.1 reciever a waste of money? All the speakers are Polk Audio RCi series in case it matters.

Thanks,

Robin
 

Mark Sherman

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Welcome to the wonderful world of HT. Sounds Like you are "LOCKED IN" to how many speakers you have in your room. One question I have is if you have a sub? as good as wall speakers are a well placed sub will make a dramatic difference in the way the system sounds. Ok back to the question at hand. My sugg. ( budget in mind as well) get a 7.1 and use the speakers that you have. If and when you get more speakers you already have the receiver.



goood luck
 

Vin_G

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7.1 was a waste of money for the last couple of years as nothing was written in this format. The direction of Blu-Ray is now a true 7.1 and they are already being made, so would go for 7.1. If you stick with 5.1, no big deal, but I would get a receiver that can do 7.1 and buy those speakers when you go Blu-Ray.
 

barrowsr

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Robin Barrows
Well.

I posted the 5.1 versus 7.1 question a month ago and didn't get an answer until this week - which I appreciate anyway. I bought a Yamaha HTR 6030 (5.1) receiver last week and my sub-woofer is en route. I do plan on adding a Blue Ray player soon - am I going to be handicapped by not linking it to a 7.1 receiver? My living room is pretty small and I honestly don't know where I would put another pair of speakers even if it were wired in the ceiling.

Thanks for the advice.

Robin
 

Vin_G

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Robin,

Most Blu-Ray movies are 5.1 surround recorded anyways and if space is limited 7.1 is a waste of money. Blu-ray is not making that many titles in true 7.1 discrete sound, but in the future I'm sure they will start to.

This receiver will get you by for a while, but depending on how much you like your sound, you can upgrade to a receiver that has the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoders to listen to uncompressed sound. Mind you your receiver has analogue inputs in the back so if you buy a Blu-Ray player with internal decoders for those uncompressed codecs and have the analogue outputs then you can just use those.
 

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