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Can I get some advice on setting up home theatre?

by jarikurri / September 18, 2013 12:32 PM PDT

Hi all. Located in Ontario. We are doing a major house reno of a place we have yet to live in. Basement has high unfinished ceilings and a big wall at the end which will support perhaps a 70" TV (not yet purchased). No firm plans for design of any cabinets etc yet.

The components I already own are:
Yamaha RX V663 Receiver (only 2 HDMI inputs)
Sony BluRay player
Apple TV
Klipsch 5 speaker set plus subwoofer

A number of things I am wondering about since it has been several years since I last set up a system:
1. With only 2 HDMI inputs on receiver I had previously used these for PVR and DVD. I would like to get the apple TV and perhaps the xbox running via hdmi to the receiver so that everything can be seen and played using sound via the speaker set. Is there a way to use an HDMI switcher to do this or is this a cumbersome way to do things?
2. Thinking of using 2 new in ceiling speakers for the rear speakers and hiding all front speakers and sub behind cabinet doors (mesh grille or louvres). Any issues doing this and still having universal remote work well?
3. Recommendations on universal remotes?
4. Kids are approaching teenage years and I thought the apple tv would be a great way to allow them to watch movies but also to get their apple device music playing . Have heard a lot of good things about the Sonos system but it is pricey (esp since I already own all the above). Any thoughts on this?

Any help greatly appreciated. New to CNET but what a great resource this is.

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It appeared you have everything so...
by Oldartq / September 19, 2013 4:27 AM PDT

there's no hurry at this point. I would say go with a hdmi switch now (very inexpensive). As for remote, I hear the name "Harmony" all the time. As for cabinet door, I probably go with glass door. That should take care of the remote "contol" problem. Have fun.

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Yes, an HDMI switcher is a cheaper way to go
by Pepe7 / September 19, 2013 4:46 AM PDT

Normally I prefer to use an AV receiver though, so everything can be controlled by as few remotes as possible. Having to stand up and physically flip a switch, like you do on the $25 HDMI switchers, is a bit of a pain.

FWIW, ceiling speakers stink for providing good surround sound. At best they provide 'meh' sound because they are pointing the wrong way. Ideally you would create a sound field with adequate separation to maximize the quality. This means the speakers fire toward you from slightly behind and to the sides. See here:

The sub may be placed almost anywhere (hidden in a basket, for example), but your front/center speakers should not be occluded by solid material.

Your current receiver would likely also be able to accommodate an AppleTV. Your kids could use AirPlay on their iPod touches to stream content wirelessly to the system via the AppleTV. It's probably the most popular feature in my own home Happy

Second vote for getting a Harmony universal remote. Very useful devices that are easy to set up.

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