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My back porch has 2 speakers that the previous owner of the home installed. The wire runs into the living room, but we don't have an AV receiver, so I've never hooked up those outside speakers.

We're finally looking at purchasing a receiver so we hook up those speakers onto Zone 2 and listen to music / the tv / etc while outside.

I'm looking at the Onkyo HT-RC160 for the receiver.

We have a 42" 720P Samsung DLP, Verizon FIOS HD DVR, and a DVD player.

While we're upgrading, we'd like to get a better sound system set up also (just using the tv speakers right now, so you can tell that we aren't that hardcore about sound).

My wife isn't too thrilled about putting speakers up around the living room, and I don't particularly want to run wires, so I was thinking that a soundbar might be a good option.

I was looking at the Sony HT-CT500, the Yamaha YAS-71, or one of the Vizio soundbars. Are these going to all offer 'virtual' surround sound? I know they aren't going to be close to the real thing, but we don't really care that much, and mainly we don't want to run wires or have speakers set up around the room.

Can you hook one of these active soundbars to a receiver? I know they all have built-in receivers, but they wouldn't support the 2nd zone would they? I assume I'm going to have to get a separate receiver in order to use the speakers on the back porch. But will the 'redundant' receiver cause problems?

I looked into the passive receivers which seems like they should be more like what I need, but do those do 'virtual' surround sound? Also, the passive ones seem to be more expensive than the other ones.

Thanks for any help!
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For $520 this Polk surroundbar & subwoofer (look down at the "Frequently Bought Together" area) -> http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Sur...p_ob_e_title_1
seems like it does exactly what you want and isn't too much more expensive than the others. It would be a lot easier and elegant solution than what you're suggesting.
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Thanks for the suggestion. The Polk SurroundBar 50 is the one I had seen, which is more expensive. I guess the one you linked to is just an older version? Looks like it would work for me.

Are there any other passive soundbars of similar quality but even a little lower-priced than the Polk?

Are there any active soundbars that actually allow for a second zone, so that I could have it all-in-one and still use the outdoor speakers?
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Oh...this is the 42" version, which works perfect for my TV.
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Appears way over-priced. I know I wouldn't pay that much for a soundbar. Polk subs have performance and reliability issues. Bic makes a much better sub for the money.

Polk SL2000WC $3 DIY mod. Smaller the uf, the less harsh your SL2000 is.
1. SRS: .47 uf/250v mylar cap top SL2000, 1.0 2nd, 1.0 3rd, .47 bottom
2. 2.3: 1.0 middle
3. 1C: 1.0 top
4. 2B: 1.0
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Appears way over-priced. I know I wouldn't pay that much for a soundbar. Polk subs have performance and reliability issues. Bic makes a much better sub for the money.

Do you have a recommendation for a cheaper passive soundbar?
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Do you have a recommendation for a cheaper passive soundbar?

I would audition some at best buy to see if there is much difference. The reviews aren't very impressive with the yamaha beating out the polk. You would probably fill the room better with a good quality 3.1 system.

Polk SL2000WC $3 DIY mod. Smaller the uf, the less harsh your SL2000 is.
1. SRS: .47 uf/250v mylar cap top SL2000, 1.0 2nd, 1.0 3rd, .47 bottom
2. 2.3: 1.0 middle
3. 1C: 1.0 top
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I would audition some at best buy to see if there is much difference. The reviews aren't very impressive with the yamaha beating out the polk. You would probably fill the room better with a good quality 3.1 system.

Thanks for the info!
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