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Best Surround Sound System To Buy

Hi,

I've recently been trying to find a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system to buy but don't know what to get. I'm looking for something that will connect straight to my tv through hdmi or optical cable and play through all my systems if possible. I'm using a sony xe90 55 inch tv and mainly use my ps4 for movies and gaming but I wouldn't mind a uhd player at some point. There's a link below to something I would like but the problem is that it comes with a standard blu ray player which I'm not needing. I'm basically just looking for the surround sound speakers only. I wouldn't mind one that comes with a uhd player but not a standard blu ray player as I already have my ps4 for that. My budget is £400. Any recommendations would be appreciated, thanks.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-BDV-E4100-Speakers-Blue-Ray-Surround/dp/B00CGFWF50

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Budget over time instead to get it right

Instead of settling on a mediocre system like the one you linked to, why not build the system you really want over time? Understand, you can find lightly used gear at healthy discounts if you look around locally.

I would look for a budget priced/used but full fledged AV receiver and L/R/C speakers just to get your system jump started. You can add a sub and surrounds later on.

My preference otherwise would be most of the Onkyo HTIB models, those without a BD player.

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Denon AVR-X3300W for 384pounds - $499.00US. Say by Theatres!

Use whatever speakers you have now until you can afford what this thing is meant for. I promise I believe this 7.2 system with 4KUHD/60Hz and 105watts RMS on all 7 channels. It will even upscale your 1080p movie your watching on Netflix/Amazon/HULU, etc. will be turned into the denser 4K pixels your TV has. This thing will keep you from ever going back to the theatre again, especially now that you have the TV to go with it. 2nd, your must-purchase needs to be an inexpensive sub, and immediately with your next $319US or 245 pounds. And my recommendation for this price is a Klipsch SR-12W. My prices all come from researching around for you. And AMAZON.com is your best bet.


STATS: DENON AVR-X330W - (Oh how the neighbors are going to hate you now)

7.2 Channel a/V receiver with 105W per Channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz20 kHz, 0.08% THD)
3D and 4K Ultra HD/60hz full rate pass-through with HDR, bt.2020, 4:4:4 pure Color support; 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) and 2 outputs (main/Zone2) with full HCDP 2.2 support. 4K/60hz Up-Scaling
Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Streaming content; airplay, vTuner internet radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify connect, DLNA. DSD, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF high-resolution Audio streaming
Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2), DTSLove ready (via firmware update). audyssey multeq Xt32, sub-EQ ht, lfc (low-frequency containment) with dynamic volume and dynamic EQ
Use the AVRX3300W to upscale standard definition to 4K Ultra HD and breathe new life into your favorite movies and TV shows.

My names Mark R. I have a degree in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering (Electrical & Mechanical). Oh and a PHD in, HomeTheatrical theatre mechanisms of all kinds that people can buy. Yes, that really is a real made-up degree.

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His HDTV built in scaler is better

There’s no reason to tweak it at the Denon AVR when the Sony can do a much better job.

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I agree. I can't write

How many times the HDTV scalers do a better job.

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WiSA could be of interest

I recently went through a pretty comprehensive research process on surround sound systems that use WiSA technology, and ended up buying a system in home. I live in a city and just couldn't tear up my unit to install. The cool thing is the WiSA units are modular, meaning you can add to your system as time goes on. Wireless used to be a dirty word but hey, here we are living in the future. This is the guide I started with and then Amazon link to the product I ended up going with below that.

Guide:
https://lonelybrand.com/blog/wireless-surround-sound-guide/

Product:
https://www.amazon.com/Enclave-Audio-CineHome-Wireless-Theater/dp/B00W972KB4/

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Not fully baked or implemented yet

I wouldn’t bet yet on a standard where they still don’t list all the compatible products. My inexpensive wired systems still sound better.

That said, it’s worth it perhaps over something like bluetooth or HTIB with wireless rears. Wireless subs though? Nope. Not yet.

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best-surround-sound-system-to-buy

How does the various products mentioned on the list compare, and which one can be said to be the best?

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What list?

Be more specific.

Hint: there is no ‘best’ surround product.

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