"Surround Sound"/"Home Theatre Systems"

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by neoelectronaut, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

    neoelectronaut

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    Is it worth spending the $200+ on these suckers? I don't watch movies all that often, but the idea of a 5.1 system is very cool. I'm often tempted to get the $40 Duraband brand from wal-mart just "for the hell of it"...

    Though it's probably not even real 5.1 surround.
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

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    Sure, it's worth it as long as your setup can actually drive the extra speakers. For PCs/Macs, I would assume that this means having a 5.1-capable sound card. Otherwise, you're just getting stereo from front and rear speakers. I'm sticking with a 2.1 setup for my PC/Mac setup, since I don't really use it to watch movies and I don't want to have to run wires (which are EVIL, especially if you can see them) for the rear speakers.

    If I wanna watch movies, that's what I have a home theatre for.

    P.S. Don't shop at Wal-Mart. They're evil, too.
     
  3. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000

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    Surround sound is a must with movies..... once you get it you'll crave it. ;)
     
  4. Platform macrumors 68030

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    If you have the money for it and want it why not ;)
     
  5. Lacero macrumors 604

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    I won't watch a DVD movie unless it's in surround sound. Dolby 5.1 or DTS. The center channel speaker, bass, and rear speakers add so much to a movie, other than just the left and right speakers. In fact, you pay more attention in a movie with the right soundtrack.
     
  6. Chappers macrumors 68020

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  7. Devie macrumors 6502a

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    for your home theatre, its a definate must. I personally have a Denon 6.1Ch system in my bedroom, I love it and it was definatly worth the $1530 AUD I spent on it (inc. speakers).

    If you're buying one for your tv, dont sped $200. Spend atleast $1200 AUD... err , so about $800 USD I guess... (including the tax bs we get here)
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Once you had a surround sound hifi, you just cannot live without it... ;)

    When my old (regular stereo) amplifier needed replacement a couple of years ago, I got a Onkyo, re-used my old Pioneer front speakers and got some satelite speakers, also Pioneer, paying ~NOK3.500 ≈ $550 (now, remember buying electronics in Norway is way more expensive than in the US, so you probably get the same setup for ~$350). Compared to the money I spend (or the lack of money I spend, I should say) I got a very nice setup, more than good enough for most regular people.

    I would say, don't go for the cheapest offer possible, but get a decent brand that's still relative cheap. That will give you most value for your money, and still good quality...

    Edit: This Onkyo at Amazon seems like a good offer at $210, and even better refurbished at $150...
     
  9. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I meant more for my living room and DVD Player/TV than my computer...
     

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