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post #3361 of 3368 Old 01-31-2013, 10:49 PM
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We have samsung ES8000 (55 inch ) TV and bought a Blu ray player... now we are planning to buy a 5.1 speakers and I'm really confused between soundbar + AV receiver and HTIB.. Since we already have a Blu ray player, why cant we buy a soundbar alone and connect it to the bluray player or directly to TV?? Is it really necessary to buy AV Receiver?? and If im right, there is no need to buy HTIB since we already bought Bluray player?
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We have samsung ES8000 (55 inch ) TV and bought a Blu ray player... now we are planning to buy a 5.1 speakers and I'm really confused between soundbar + AV receiver and HTIB.. Since we already have a Blu ray player, why cant we buy a soundbar alone and connect it to the bluray player or directly to TV?? Is it really necessary to buy AV Receiver?? and If im right, there is no need to buy HTIB since we already bought Bluray player?


The sound bar basically fakes the surround sound that the 5.1 speakers would actually recreate. So you are correct that you would not want to use a sound bar with the 5.1 speakers, as the center channel speaker and front side speakers would be redundant with the sound bar. If the sound bar is self powered you can just connect it to the TV. If not (and I do not own one) I imagine you would need a receiver to power it up You would almost certainly need a receiver for the 5.1 speakers. Just make sure it is a surround receiver and not just a stereo receiver. (This is because you will need the 5 channels to power the 5 speakers if you go that route. There will be 4 regular speakers and some sort of woofer or sub woofer speaker for the deeper bass.)
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Not sure how relevant this is, but I gave up on trying to set up a home theater in my condo. No space and I can't listen loud at all without disturbing my wife or the neighbors.

 

Once I found out I could get 7.1 surround in headphones that sounds better than my friend's full home theater setup, I was sold.

 

I bought this software, Out Of Your Head , that works with any headphones. I just started with some cheap Monoprice $30 headphones connected to my laptop. I may upgrade to something better soon. I installed their trial version, but ended up buying it.

 

I thought I was going to have to wait until DTS Headphone X comes out, but this software works great now. Worth checking out if you don't have a 5.1 or 7.1 setup.

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Samsung Smart TV wont get sound from my tv apps via my reciever.

I searched high and low. I have a Samsung Smart TV that I connected via HDMI 2 ARC to my Sony surround sound. All components work fine with audio when selecting. with the exception of my Samsung apps, for example Netflix. I can get sound via TV speakers if I turn them on, or use a optical cable from the TV to my Sony receive into the TV component.
I can't get sound thru my receiver like I use to by just placing my receiver component on TV.


It use to work, don't know what changed. I did go into the Samsung app and tried to get Anynet+ to connect to my receiver and turn on but I get this error message. (Anynet+ device is not connected please check connection and retry. Needless to say I am connect.


Any help or suggestions.
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Anynet+ is Samsung's version of CEC (Consumer Electronic Control). This sounds like an ARC/CEC incompatibility which is not uncommon due to lack of standardized protocols. Sometimes a previously working system will start to have issues after an update. There really isn't a fix for it either other than disabling ARC/CEC on all HDMI connected devices and using and optical cable from the tv to the receiver for SmartApps and/or the internal ATSC tuner if you are using that for OTA television reception or have your cable tv connected directly to the tv via the coax/ant input. You will have to manually select the input source or use a programmable remote like a Harmony for single remote control of your HTS. The tv's speakers should be off all of the time as well so that you are using the HTS exclusively for all audio. The receiver should be the hub of your system meaning that all of you devices should be connected via HDMI to the receiver for all audio and then a single HDMI connection to the tv for video. Then an optical cable from the tv to the receiver for SmartApps and/or OTA/cable tv.
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Update to HTIB Alternatives?

This list looks great.. except that it's eight years old.

I was looking at a vizio soundbar with wireless sub/satellites, but the idea of HTIB makes me.. sad.

Anyone of you audio geniuses feel like creating an update to the original post? Not necessarily links on where to buy, but just solid receivers, speakers and subs with current features that will blow any soundbar quality (though not as concerned with volume) out of the water.

Specifically interested in wireless rears/sub (seen "Rocketfish" around the forum).

Thanks,
-Stephen
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This list looks great.. except that it's eight years old.

I was looking at a vizio soundbar with wireless sub/satellites, but the idea of HTIB makes me.. sad.

Anyone of you audio geniuses feel like creating an update to the original post? Not necessarily links on where to buy, but just solid receivers, speakers and subs with current features that will blow any soundbar quality (though not as concerned with volume) out of the water.

Specifically interested in wireless rears/sub (seen "Rocketfish" around the forum).

Thanks,
-Stephen
I am in a similar boat I think. Im buying a new LG OLED 55ef9500 soon depending on what is announced in january the next model of it by march at the latest. Im replacing my Pioneer Plasma after 8 years.
I also bought a Bose 321 system at that time and have been happy with it but I only use the sound part since I have a dedicated blue ray now and will be upgrading that as well.
I want a 3.1 type system and the rear speakers are something to maybe add if they are wireless.
I have no complaints about the quality of the Bose but then again I have not been shopping to compare current quality.
The OEM speakers are not going to be enough but I also dont need a $1000 system either. I will spend that much if it is warrented.
Im looking for some options.
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Originally Posted by steve4king View Post
This list looks great.. except that it's eight years old.

I was looking at a vizio soundbar with wireless sub/satellites, but the idea of HTIB makes me.. sad.

Anyone of you audio geniuses feel like creating an update to the original post? Not necessarily links on where to buy, but just solid receivers, speakers and subs with current features that will blow any soundbar quality (though not as concerned with volume) out of the water.

Specifically interested in wireless rears/sub (seen "Rocketfish" around the forum).

Thanks,
-Stephen
the thing about "wireless" speakers is it is only referring to the sound portion. They still need to be powered. So no matter what you need to plug them in to an outlet, and have wires from a box to both rear speakers. It is not nearly as effect as it sounds.
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