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Help with stereo selection

by fpoon19 / May 12, 2009 9:54 AM PDT

Ok, I've got a Sony 720p 32" LCD and a PS3. I get my TV over the air. I'd like a great stereo to listen to movies, games and music through. I don't really need or want 5.1 or 7.1, my room is just too small and I don't want to deal with wires.

I tried going with an amp (Yamaha V663) and just two speakers route (Klipsch VB-15). Sounded great, but was REALLY hard to use. Different modes and inputs, movies would be in stereo but games kept trying to come through in 5.1... It was awful.

I need to be able to run optical in, and thats it. Two speakers and a woofer probably tops. Needs to be easy to use. I don't really have any reason for HDMI, unless it sounds better than optical. Any suggestions? I've heard the Sony CT-100 and I'm not a big fan. Ditto for the Yamaha YAS stuff. Simulated surround sound is not needed, just great sound and decent volume.

Main use is for Blu-Rays, but I'd like a system that would be worthy streaming my music too...

Thanks for the suggestions in advance!

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I don't understand games trying to come through in 5.1
by NM_Bill / May 12, 2009 11:18 AM PDT

Two channels hooked up on a receiver yield what? Just two channels (stereo) that's what.

Rather than everyone trying to do surround sound, two nice channels through pleasing speakers is very nice.

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re: I don't understand games trying to come through in 5.1
by fpoon19 / May 13, 2009 6:12 AM PDT

When I had just the two speakers and would play a game on the PS3, the receiver would light up not just the two speakers on it's display, but all the speakers in a 5.1 set-up. All I would hear would be the rear channels.

I've returned the amp and the speakers (despite them sounding quite good) and am just needing something simpler.

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by jonnybones / May 13, 2009 2:34 PM PDT

Bill, hopefully I do not offend you with this, but I am assuming you are significantly older than the average video game player. Now and days, there are all kinds of shooter-type games where surround sound lets you know where the enemies are. This is a huge benefit for staying alive. In many games it is unnecessary to have 5+ channels, but for certain types of games like first-person-shooters it is almost a requirement.

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Bose + WMP
by jeff_windows_team / May 14, 2009 2:04 AM PDT

I have Bose Companion 3 speakers. The sound is excellent, set-up is easy, and it plays nicely with my laptop using Windows Media Player, my Xbox 360, and while watching movies. Some people prefer 5.1 and I agree that it is an impressive experience, but for your needs it seems a bit overkill.

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