Originally Posted by zeth07
Here's my situation, I bought a new 3DTV and I'm mostly a gamer (PS3/360) with the occasional Blu-ray movie purchase. As of now I have an old HTiB that has worked fine and fits my needs, but I've run into a situation where I'm not sure I'm getting as good of quality surround sound as I was before.
My old HDTV had RCA audio out, which was hooked up to my home theater system to use for general surround sound for everything but my PS3. My PS3 had the optical audio put into the home theater system and the HDMI to the TV, so I had the proper surround sound for my PS3 at least. Now my 3DTV only has optical audio out, so it is plugged into my home theater system, which leaves my PS3 being hooked up just through HDMI to the TV. Right now my 360 is dead and I don't have a Cable box at all so those aren't an issue for now at least, but I'd like those to be available in the future when I consider my possible purchase (so at least 3 HDMI inputs, which most seem to have now).
My first question is, with the TV using the optical out to the home theater system, would my PS3 still be getting the dts and Dolby surround sound or am I currently just getting a "fake" surround sound for everything? I haven't particularly noticed the receiver say Dolby was active when I would start a Blu-ray or game that worked with it, but I can say I have before. I am going to assume I am no longer getting "real" surround sound for my PS3 with this setup.
With that said I am looking to purchase a newer system but I am trying to be as affordable (cheap) as possible. 7.1 would be a nice bonus but since it isn't really the standard yet it isn't a huge deal. This system would be in a bed room, and I wouldn't exactly need booming sound I just want to utilize the best available formats of the Blu-rays and games in most cases like Dolby True HD and dts HD.
My budget is varied between under $300 for a HTiB since it is just a "replacement" and would fit my actual needs for the price OR ~$400 for Receiver+Speaker System since it would be the "better" choice. If by chance I could get Receiver+Separates that were better than the would be Speaker System within that relative price range I'd welcome that as well.
So here is what I've been looking at:HTiBs:Sony HTSS380 3D Home Theater System = $250
-Isn't 7.1 but covers my needs and is affordable.
-Almost all of my Sony owned products have lasted me a long time without breaking.Onkyo HT-S5500 7.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package = $242
-IS 7.1 and covers my needs, still affordable.
-Has very bad reviews on things breaking or not functioning properly, which is a huge downside to me at least.
---Receivers:Sony STRDH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black) = $200
-Is 7.1, and has more than enough of what I need.
-Is affordable by itself, but then requires more money for speakers which effectively almost doubles my spending.Sony STRDH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black) = $250
-Better version of the above for $50 more.
-Not sure if it is necessarily worth the extra cost but it is an option.Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver = $170
-Is only 5.1, but is the cheapest of the receivers I'm considering.
-Possibly has issues as well, but doesn't seem nearly as bad as the HTiB version.
---Speaker Systems:Polk Audio RM705 5.1 Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black) = $200
-Seems to be good quality.
-Relatively affordable, but combined with the Receiver I'm not sure if it is "worth" the extra $100+.
-Not 7.1, so I'd still need 2 additional speakers at some point if I eventually want to add to it.Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)
-Great reviews, so I imagine the quality is really good.
-$100 more expensive than the Polk system which goes back to whether or not it is worth the difference even more so.
-Not 7.1, so I'd still need 2 additional speakers at some point if I eventually want to add to it.
---Separates (any of those Receivers + whatever speakers are within this budget)
I would consider this a "big" purchase for me considering the overall cost and my reasoning for possibly purchasing this stuff. Since 4k/Ultra HD isn't going to be the standard anytime soon and 7.1 isn't used all that much yet either, I could very well upgrade my system further several years from now, so I'm not too excited to spend a few hundred now just to upgrade later.
Should I go with any of the HTiBs above like I did before? Or should I at least upgrade to a decent Receiver+Speaker System? Any opinions or recommendations of my options are greatly appreciated.