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Old 02-21-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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Hey everyone!

I've been reading for a while and respect the knowledge that's shared he regularly. So I was hoping for some quality insight.

I recently purchased the 40" Toshiba Regza (I'm not allowed to link yet, but it's all over the internet -- Model # 40RF350U) for $1000. The reviews are always discounting the quality of the sound on the set, but I'm not exactly an audiophile and think the sound is just fine. Basically, if it's loud without distortion, I'm happy.

Now I have a fairly narrow living room, and I cut off about a quarter of it with my computer desk. My main seating is about 7 feet away from the TV, and I've got a couch on the right. Regardless, the tv isn't placed in dead center of the room, so surround sound might not be too effective. I think going 7.1 would just be obnoxious -- in fact, 5.1 might be too much as well. What I really want is the bass of a good subwoofer.

Also, I don't need one of those home theater systems that have a DVD player with it, because I just don't have a need for it with the PS3 and 360. But I'm new to all of this, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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With the desire for lowend impact and the lack of space for 5.1, I think a 2.1 or 3.1 system would serve your needs. I'm not sure how important a center channel is to you...for now you could start with a solid 2.1 system and decide to add a center channel at a later time.

There are many options when building a system. If you have a dollar amount in mind, share that...from there you can get some ideas from the members of this group to get you rolling.
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a 5.1 receiver and just run the front three speakers with a sub.
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I've seen some Sony 5.1 systems for less than $200. So since I'm aiming for about 2 speakers less and want something good, then somewhere around the $200 to $300 range might be my target.
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I've seen some Sony 5.1 systems for less than $200. So since I'm aiming for about 2 speakers less and want something good, then somewhere around the $200 to $300 range might be my target.
Looking at www.shoponkyo.com to see what they have in your budget. Should be a couple of systems under 300.

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