Audio advice for HDTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SeVeN, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. SeVeN macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 32" Vizio and I want some better sound. What are my options? Do I need to get a receiver? Maybe there are just some speakers I could plug into it.


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  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What is your actual audio source here? DVD? Blu-Ray? HD Cable Box? Other?
     
  3. SeVeN thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Get a receiver with 5.1 or 7.1 optical input and speakers to go with it.
     
  5. SeVeN thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    on the back of the tv it says audio out, optical. anything i could just plug into that?
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You mean besides a receiver? :p

    Nothing else that will really help solve your problem. If you want something slightly simpler, any speaker set that can directly take an optical input would be fine also, although in essence one of the units in the set must be functioning as a receiver anyways.
     
  7. SeVeN thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ya something simpler. thanks, i'll look around to see what speakers take that input
     
  8. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    You're gonna need a 7.1 receiver with HDMI in order to get the full 7.1 sound out of the PS3. Optical only does up to 5.1.

    Buy yourself a decent receiver, and then start adding good speakers. Everyone has a different idea of what order to add them in, but I'd say get your right, left, and center channel speakers first. Then add a subwoofer. Then build out the other 2 or 4. Or, just blow a wad of cash and do it all at the same time :D
     
  9. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    If you are looking for something simple, try a soundbar. (Just go to Amazon and search for soundbar, maybe look at Samsung's). Use HDMI for the best audio, if your devices have it.
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Toslink optical (and coax) can deliver up to 7.1 in compressed (i.e., lossy) digital audio. For uncompressed (e.g., DTS-HD or True-HD) you need HDMI or DisplayPort.
     
  11. Duffinator macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't the optical pass lossless WAV and ALAC files as well?
     
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