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Old 12-11-2008, 04:28 PM   #1  
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Thanks to the posts on this board I have been able to make some informed decisions on my new HD setup. Strangely in my house the best place for a bigger setup is in my Master bedroom. So I purchased the Panasonic TH-58PZ800U 58" 1080p Plasma based on the info here - THANKS GUYS! It should be arriving in a week. I also got the Panasonic 35k BluRay player. Now my question is what kind of home theater setup would work best when the wife and I will be watching from bed which is up against the opposing wall. Would the rear speakers work in each corner or should I just go for a 2.1 setup and forgo the rear speakers? What kind of system would you reccomend for a bedroom? From the posts here it seems accesories4less has some good systems. Steer me in the right direction fellas! Thanks in advance!

(Also I'll post my question about Media stands in another section - wondering about where people are buying something nice that doesn't cost more than the TV!!)
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if you look at the Dolby 5.1 speaker placement diagram, the surrounds for a 5.1 system are really on the "sides" (90 to 110 degrees with the TV at 0 degrees), so your side placement should work fine. If Blu-ray is involved and you want the new lossless HD audio codecs, than you will need something like the Onkyo HT-S6100 or better, or one of the other HTiB systems which will handle HDMI audio and decode the HD audio stuff.

How do you intend to mount speakers ? on-wall ? in-wall ? on wall mount brackets ? This may limit the size of the speakers you use and, in the process, toss out some of the more common HTiB systems. This could lead to a separate a/v receiver and a 5.1 speaker system selected for the room and it's size.
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:49 PM   #3  
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I think that this would serve your needs well and deliver excellent sound for your Master bedroom. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e-BLACK/1.html

Also take a look here for speaker placement, the same holds true for your bedroom. http://www.highdefforum.com/speakers...ent-guide.html
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Thanks guys - I think I'll go with that 7.1 Onkyo system but maybe teh one with teh added speaker stands. Forgive the noob question but will I need anything other than what come delivered? Speaker wire...cables...etc...
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Thanks guys - I think I'll go with that 7.1 Onkyo system but maybe teh one with teh added speaker stands. Forgive the noob question but will I need anything other than what come delivered? Speaker wire...cables...etc...
It will come with speaker wire, but it will be very thin and quite lame. You are highly recommended with getting some 16 awg cable at least. 16 awg will do fine for 35ft -40 ft or less runs... You can get a 100 ft roll for around $10-$15. As far as the rest of the cables go like HDMI and toslink etc, you will need to supply them yourself. I would highly recommend this site for all your cable needs including the speaker wire and speaker stands. HDMI cable run around $9 a pop and toslink around $5 (depending on length)..

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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ok soooo with the S7100 that is teh speaker wire I should get? Is that the best? What is that chart supposed to be telling me?!?! confused noob!!
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ok soooo with the S7100 that is teh speaker wire I should get? Is that the best? What is that chart supposed to be telling me?!?! confused noob!!
The speaker wire that comes with the system is adequate but if you want to replace it the chart shows you what gauge is needed for the length of cable run. So, if your speakers will require 32 feet or less, 18 gauge will be just fine. You also want to use the same gauge for each speaker, keep the wire lengths of equal lengths (at least for the front three speakers) and you should be good to go.
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Wire lengths don't have to be equal how do you consider that? If each channel has it's own independent amp divided equally.
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Wire lengths don't have to be equal how do you consider that? If each channel has it's own independent amp divided equally.
It is important to note that wires running to the speakers should all be of the exact same length to prevent an imbalanced load, that is increasing resistance to some speakers while having a reduced resistance to others. This is an extremely important factor that many speaker wire discussions omit.
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One of L2Ws Onkyo HTiB should fit the bill nicely.

Though I've still never heard the speakers.

Can someone compare them to something for me?

Are they baffled? tSc quality? Sealed and ported?
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It is important to note that wires running to the speakers should all be of the exact same length to prevent an imbalanced load, that is increasing resistance to some speakers while having a reduced resistance to others. This is an extremely important factor that many speaker wire discussions omit.
Been doing this for years way beyond what we all have today. I never had issues nor then any of the customers in the past did. The same also go for car stereos creating your own surround matrix effect. I still do this today. It would be a waste of cabling if you were to have 150FT and the AMP and one speaker was near it for about 2FT, I don't see the reason for 150FT for 2FT connection. If Gauge was the same.
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