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    Lightbulb Why are surround sound systems so complicated?

    I've been wanting to add a surround sound system to my bedroom tv. I'm looking for something as stealth as possible. My first thought was to use a Bose Acoustimass setup. The speakers are very small and unobtrusive--perfect for the bedroom.

    With that decided, I realized I have to have a surround sound component for them to hook up to. I stopped by BestBuy just to glance at some...why are these things so complicated? I have one tv and one set of speakers, but every component I look at has about 3000 inputs and outputs, offers FM radio, and all sorts of other features I'm not interested in. That on top of the complications this will add to just turning the tv or ps3 on has me wondering if this is even worth it.

    Is there some solid, simple surround sound component you guys can recommend? And would you recommend some other unobtrusive speaker system than the Bose?
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    Re: Why are surround sound systems so complicated?

    taking the complication out of all the components is very easy.

    I have a tv/dvd in each of the kids rooms, a sony crt in the back living room w/ a wii, and an LCD sony / yamaha surround / polaroid dvd/hdd recorder / motorola dct6416 pvr / xbox360 (media center extender) and until very recently - an inspiron 1720 in the main livingroom. I also just got a Studio 540 (acts as the bedroom tv) and a 24" LCD for the bedroom - using Vista media center.

    all of it is controlled with a single logitech harmony 550 remote. for 100 bucks, your complicated setup is now just 2 button presses.

    the remote is set up on your computer, and you set up activities... like watching a movie. the remote turns on what you want and sets it all to the right input. I could control a fireplace, ceiling fan, or the friggin toaster if it had ir.
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    Re: Why are surround sound systems so complicated?

    I am looking at this one.

    Cnet gave it a pretty good rating and it does seem simple enough. Surround sound may not be optimal but might be good enough.
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    Re: Why are surround sound systems so complicated?

    Today I went and listened to the Sony HTCT100 today at Best Buy and (believe it or not) Walmart.

    At Best Buy it the volume didn't impress at all. It was set up it a wide open space and behind me was a wall with lots of square openings. It sounded fine but there just wasn't no volume. But that was true also of the $1600 Polk sound bar system next to it and the $600 Yamaha system right below it.

    Then I went to Walmart and heard it again and it sounded completely different. Volume was plenty loud enough for me (only took it to 30 out of 50). But this time it was in a 8 foot isle with a large, solid display behind me.

    So it is probably very dependent on the room you are listening to it in.
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    Re: Why are surround sound systems so complicated?

    With HDMI, setting up a home theater has never been easier. The massive number of inputs on a receiver are to give you options. Once I get my receiver set up there's going to be two HDMI cables going into it, one coming out of it, speakers and a power cable. That's it. It doesn't get any better than that.

    Personally, I wouldn't be willing to run speaker wire through the walls in my bedroom. I'd go with a sound bar setup: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_316150/...s.html?tp=6561

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