Originally Posted by vegeta13613
Actually, the Sony system does have a dedicated subwoofer, but I do get your point. It seems like my best starting point may be in investing in a decent, upgradable, 2.1 or 3.1 system, then upgrading my 720p projector to a 1080. I have to say that an 80" screen will probably suffice until I can up my 1080p content. Any ideas on an upgradable 2.1 or 3.1 system that win't break the bank, but will provide sound superior to my stereo sytem?
Also simplicity would be a plus, I have never owned a real sound system before. Thanks again for the help.
I think almost anything would be better than the stereo speakers. While your 2 mains are probably lacking, a larger better subwoofer is probably where you'll see the most difference. Don't get me wrong. I bet your main two in that stereo setup are lacking as well. I bet a cheap pair of Sony SSF-7000's would even do better.
If you want simplicity. I would just start out with a nice 2.1 or 3.1. You'll need the front 3 speakers, sub, speaker wire, and receiver. As well as a few cables to connect everything. 5.1/7.1 and up you're going to have more speaker wires, more speaker placement to worry about, etc.
Not sure what the output on your xbox 360 is but something that is at least 720p would be a good thing as well. 720p even at 120"-130" doesn't look bad to me. Obviously 1080p is a little better. But at least 720p is a minimum to me. So again I think as someone said. Investing in a Blu Ray player with Networking may be a good thing as well.
Originally Posted by RTROSE
What would your budget be for audio? You could get the "front three" from Aperion
, or HSU
by looking at their entry level series and all of them either carry or make subwoofers as well. Subs can be found at Elemental Designs
, and Lava
Then you could also look at Yamaha and Onkyo's entry level receivers to handle the audio and switching duties. I know your Sony has a dedicated sub, but trust me when I tell you that while it is dedicated it is not a match for any of the entry level subs from any of the companies I linked to above.
I know that money is always an issue (unless you're Donald Trump), and you have decide what is important to you and start upgrading that first. I would agree with you that money would be better spent on a really nice 2.1 or 3.1 setup than a mediocre 5.1 or 7.1 surround setup.
Agree. Those subs will be miles away from the sub in your stereo system. Not trying to make you feel bad about your stereo system. Just I guess being truthful that you could upgrade in that department. Even the cheaper subs that are out there I think would be an upgrade over what you got.
Also as Captain said look at Polk over on Newegg.com. They run specials like every month on Polk and a few other brands(As said Pioneer, Jamo, Energy, etc) as well. Polk Monitor series seem to be one of the goto's for people on a budget. As well might look at BIC America Speakers on places like Amazon.
Speakers like everything else. You get what you pay for. But I would surmise that even something considered entry level would give you better sound than what you have. Getting to know some of the better brands and buying used off of craigslist or similar is always an option as well. Same on receiver. You may be able to save some cash on a used receiver if you're really tight on budget.
Another thing you may do before purchasing is find a best buy or other electronic store that has speakers and see if you can audition some speakers to see if you can see the difference. Doesn't mean you have to buy there. But would be a good demo for you to see if you can spot the difference and get a feel of what you like or want. If you're gonna spend some $ on speakers then also would be good for you to hear horn tweeters(like in Klipsch and some of the BIC speakers), vs normal dome tweeters to see which you prefer.
Also as captain said the HD66 is 720p native. But a good buy if your projector currently is lacking somewhere. It's what I have.