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Ok here is my delima, Please Help
My wife and I live in 2 different worlds with 4 dogs and 2 cats.
We have a theater set up in the basement with a front projector and all that goes with it. That is where I spend most of my weekend, watching tv or playing video games. I have a 360 and ps3 so I have amassed a bit of a collection of hi-def materal. My wife would love to come down and watch a movie but the dogs are stuck at the hip so wherever she goes they go. No problem with that except after about 30 mins of movie watching the dogs want to play or move around and there goes the movie.

She has a set up in the living room 1080p 46' flat panel, 5 disc htib and escient fireball, so she is all set. but I would like to bring the ps3 upstairs so she can watch hi-def on the nice samsung. I was thinking about getting THIS:

http://www.amazon.com/RJTECH-RJ-8000...9734981&sr=8-7

http://www.rjtech.net/product_detail...105&parentId=1

She likes her set up and doesen't want it to change and I dont think I could convince her until a 5 disc blu-ray player comes out. This way I can bring up the ps3 we can watch a couple of movies and then take it away when were done. What do you think

PS SORRY FOR THE LONG QUESTON

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Sounds like you and your wife need to talk some more and figure out what each of you want.
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Does this "5 disc htib" mean there is currently a 5.1 setup upstairs? If so why buy a sound bar?
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yes the 5.1 is upstairs but it is a closed system (panasonic).
No inputs just 5disc player and an aux jac for ipods and such all one unit. as for what we want, she does not want to change her system but have the ability to watch hi-def once in awhile and not set up a whole new system. Now that I have been looking around I see sony and vizio also make a sound bar. not sure
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Ok here is my delima, Please Help
My wife and I live in 2 different worlds with 4 dogs and 2 cats.
We have a theater set up in the basement with a front projector and all that goes with it. That is where I spend most of my weekend, watching tv or playing video games. I have a 360 and ps3 so I have amassed a bit of a collection of hi-def materal. My wife would love to come down and watch a movie but the dogs are stuck at the hip so wherever she goes they go. No problem with that except after about 30 mins of movie watching the dogs want to play or move around and there goes the movie.
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Steve,

If you buy the sound bar or not, won't the dog's interrupt the movie even if it's upstairs or downstairs when you watch the flick?

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IMO, soundbars suck, especially ones that cost less than $1000.

Look into getting a new receiver that can utilize what you want and her current speakers.


PS. You're the cat person and she's the dog person??

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no, the living room is where the dogs are at home, sleeping on the couches. The cats are mine, but the new yellow lab is mine also a b-day present. he is 2 with lots of energy. I guess I might also look for a new htib with hdmi ins and outs and 5 disc player. was just hoping I could wait.

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I'm not surprised your HTIB doesn't have HDMI ins, I am surprised it doesn't have optical in though.

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I'm not surprised your HTIB doesn't have HDMI ins, I am surprised it doesn't have optical in though.

That was my next question no optical in? You could run from the optical out on the ps3 to the HTiB.
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nope, no optical in, that was my first thought it would solve all my problems
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This is hilarious. Instead of one dead-end system you'll have two!?

Get a cheap AVR and DVD changer... Use your current speakers.
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Even with a new AVR, would the existing HTiB speakers work? Sometimes they use proprietary connections, especially with the subwoofer. Why not look at an Onkyo HTiB? It'll come with a real AVR and speakers and a subwoofer that use standard connections. The speakers won't be top notch, but they'll be on par (maybe even better) with what's there already. I know your wife says she doesn't want a whole new system, but if you want to watch blu-rays in the living room.....

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Only problem with with the speakers is that panasonics' have a wireless component, which she likes because there are not wires all over the livingroom.
You guy can see my problem. Just trying to figuring it all out, lots of different directions to go in.
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If you absolutely have to have wireless, you can try the Rocketfish wireless speaker kit from Best Buy. I've never used it, but I've seen several posts where people say it works well for them. It's supposed to work with virtually any speaker setup. Problem is that it's another expense of ~$100.

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That must be one crappy HTIB, Even My Standalone RCA Receiver was from an HTIB and it has multiple Analoge inputs and outs, two optical inputs, a Digital COAX, A SACD Hookup and S-Video and analog outs, and last but not least both speaker level and line level subwoofer outputs.

I am betting that panasonic has proprietary speaker connections too.

As for the soundbar, they are worse than what you have, if you buy a cheap one.

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That must be one crappy HTIB, Even My Standalone RCA Receiver was from an HTIB and it has multiple Analoge inputs and outs, two optical inputs, a Digital COAX, A SACD Hookup and S-Video and analog outs, and last but not least both speaker level and line level subwoofer outputs.

I am betting that panasonic has proprietary speaker connections too.

As for the soundbar, they are worse than what you have, if you buy a cheap one.

The Panasonic HTiB I used to have, which was a 5 disc DVD changer/receiver combined, also had analog and optical inputs. It didn't have proprietary speaker connections, but it had a proprietary subwoofer connection. It surprises me that the OP's system doesn't have even a single optical input.

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hey, I found the specs for the htib:
http://reviews.cnet.com/home-theater...tag=mncol;rnav
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Not sure why you're trying to replace the system that she happy with. Is it possible to add a Bluray player to the existing system?
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Not sure why you're trying to replace the system that she happy with.?

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Well, I fiugred it out without spending lots of money, not that a couple hundred dollars is a lot of money. $5 for a new hdmi cable from a sponser here on the site and a $3 powercord for the ps3. I already had a breakout cable from when I didn't have hdmi so that has the analog connecter on it. I can leave those 3 things plugged in so that I don't have to move mine from the home theater. The panasonic has analog in's, I ddin't notice that the other day because they we full up with something that didnt belong there. So analog sound matrixed will have to do. She thinks it great, and it can be taken away when its over. So I have achived my golds (for now )
Thanks for the help

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Well, I fiugred it out without spending lots of money, not that a couple hundred dollars is a lot of money. $5 for a new hdmi cable from a sponser here on the site and a $3 powercord for the ps3. I already had a breakout cable from when I didn't have hdmi so that has the analog connecter on it. I can leave those 3 things plugged in so that I don't have to move mine from the home theater. The panasonic has analog in's, I ddin't notice that the other day because they we full up with something that didnt belong there. So analog sound matrixed will have to do. She thinks it great, and it can be taken away when its over. So I have achived my golds (for now )
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No lossless audio (which you already know), but it sounds like you came up with a great solution for the price. LOL

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No lossless audio (which you already know), but it sounds like you came up with a great solution for the price. LOL

Worse, no surround sound (only 2 channel RCA inputs)

Sufferable (barely) for the short term, but start planning that full upgrade.

A DVD with DTS is arguably a better HT experience than a Blu-ray in stereo.

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