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Old 11-05-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Question Apartment stereo sound to surround sound ?

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Currently I have a 2.1 stereo set up and was thinking of getting surround sound as I recently bought a new TV.

The main room is both the kitchen and living room. At one end of the room is sofa and TV and the other kitchen. Where I sit and watch the TV Sofa to TV (wall to wall) is 300 cm.

The room is much longer but I don't intend to re orient things and just use the width. Would you go for surround sound ? My sofa is against the wall and you can't fit speakers behind me (maybe bookshelf's on stands on the side of the sofa).

From 2.1 to 5.1 means a new more expensive receiver and I may loose music quality.
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hi,

Currently I have a 2.1 stereo set up and was thinking of getting surround sound as I recently bought a new TV.

The main room is both the kitchen and living room. At one end of the room is sofa and TV and the other kitchen. Where I sit and watch the TV Sofa to TV (wall to wall) is 300 cm.

The room is much longer but I don't intend to re orient things and just use the width. Would you go for surround sound ? My sofa is against the wall and you can't fit speakers behind me (maybe bookshelf's on stands on the side of the sofa).

From 2.1 to 5.1 means a new more expensive receiver and I may loose music quality.
Sounds like you already talked yourself out of it ? Why would you lose music quality ?
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hi,

Currently I have a 2.1 stereo set up and was thinking of getting surround sound as I recently bought a new TV.

The main room is both the kitchen and living room. At one end of the room is sofa and TV and the other kitchen. Where I sit and watch the TV Sofa to TV (wall to wall) is 300 cm.

The room is much longer but I don't intend to re orient things and just use the width. Would you go for surround sound ? My sofa is against the wall and you can't fit speakers behind me (maybe bookshelf's on stands on the side of the sofa).

From 2.1 to 5.1 means a new more expensive receiver and I may loose music quality.
do a google search for 5.1 speaker setups, it will show a thousand ways to setup. Going from stereo to multi-channel is a step up. Lots of music is high res.
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I have lots of pages open at the moment about surround sound but I didn't make my mind up 100% yet.

I thought I might lose quality going from stereo to surround. No matter what I read it usually stated that a surround sound receiver may not produce the same quality sound as stereo.

I still listen to lots of music but would like to watch blu ray and dvd films in their best sound. The only thing is that is sounds thin.

Getting a good receiver that could do stereo would just leave me a financial question
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:06 PM   #6
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The last thing I would choose is a soundbar - no reason you can't have a nice set-up and use stereo (2 sp only) for music to maintain the presence and soundstage and 5.1 surround for tv and movies.
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i have a soundbar with the Sony bravia TV and its not up to my two floor standing JBL speakers and JBL subwoofer.

I'm not sure if I made a mistake buying my NAD Stereo Receiver several years ago but if I want surround sound I guess I will have to buy a AV receiver.

I can't fit speakers behind the sofa though and the living room is small enough width wise.

I have lots of questions of surround vs stereo like :
Can I get existing sound quality out with a new surround receiver or able to switch to stereo ?

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i have a soundbar with the Sony bravia TV and its not up to my two floor standing JBL speakers and JBL subwoofer.

I'm not sure if I made a mistake buying my NAD Stereo Receiver several years ago but if I want surround sound I guess I will have to buy a AV receiver.

I can't fit speakers behind the sofa though and the living room is small enough width wise.

I have lots of questions of surround vs stereo like :
Can I get existing sound quality out with a new surround receiver or able to switch to stereo ?
Yes most modern days AVR (Audio Video Receivers) are able to produce 2 speaker stereo , 5.1 / 7.1 surround sound and many different environments in between at the press of a button. I watch most tv and movies in surround sound and almost always switch to 2 channel stereo for music (unless th music was specifically produced in surround sound . The best of both worlds. ALso in 5.1 surround sound the surround speakers go to the side of the listener not in the rear - rear surrounds are added to the side surrounds in 7.1 .
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cool, would you rate the surround sound as good as the stereo ?

For example at the moment I have a NAD Stereo Receiver C720BEE and I was recommended Yamaha RXV673. Using the same speakers the only difference in set up would be the receiver.
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cool, would you rate the surround sound as good as the stereo ?

For example at the moment I have a NAD Stereo Receiver C720BEE and I was recommended Yamaha RXV673. Using the same speakers the only difference in set up would be the receiver.
I have a Denon 3311 (7.1) and it's an excellent AVR, with top notch 2 channel stereo musically outstanding.
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I have a Denon 3311 (7.1) and it's an excellent AVR, with top notch 2 channel stereo musically outstanding.
I might go ahead with the Yamaha or something a bit cheaper. Other problem is the sofa being against the wall and fitting the center below the TV
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I might go ahead with the Yamaha or something a bit cheaper. Other problem is the sofa being against the wall and fitting the center below the TV
Definately worth a listen IMO. For $349 shipped, it is a ton of AVR for the money..

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR616...keywords=onkyo
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they wont ship to where I live but I will check the Onkyo in a store
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they wont ship to where I live but I will check the Onkyo in a store
If you're not in the US then all you need to do is good on their website they have a presence in nearly every continent and or country
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If you're not in the US then all you need to do is good on their website they have hey present in nearly every continent and or country
Their website has lots of AV receivers, I was just checking them out http://www.eu.onkyo.com/en/a-v-receiver-306.html I'm going to look for one that can do the best stereo as well as audio/video
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