Hello, I am new in the forum.
Can you please help me decide what system should I buy in order to add some decent audio to my LED TV.
Soundbar system vs 2.1 system - I am thinking in BOSE but any suggestions are welcome. I just have one wall to mount it.
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Since you have a Sony TV you probably have an audio or headphone out connection, most of their models do. This allows you to use powered speakers as well and there are good options for that as well. There are a lot of options that sound better than Bose.
Ok. Wich ones would you buy, having a receiver (amplifier) is also a good option. I have a lot of space, and I will design the wall desk in order to the system. I also hav Apple TV and a PS3 that I will need to connect to the Sound System.
The only thing I don´t have is a back Wall, that's why I am not considering a 5.1 system
For reference surround speakers should go on the side walls, to the side of the listener not on the back wall.
I am bulding my room since scratch so I have almost any option. In the front wal (tv wall) y want to place the spekers in a bookshlef. All of them, and the tv mounted in the wall. Subwofer, center (if needed and recomended) , front left and front right.
For the back speakers I could maybe use the sides, and hang a side speaker from the roof, but I will have to fight with my wife about it, so if is not a lot of upgrade I rather stick with the idea of as many spekers as posible but all af them in the front wall (bookshelf).
Mi budget is around 400-500 usd.
How loud.? Pretty normal, basic high for movies and that'sbacause we can't put it very hard because we have small kids. Cinema loud is enoghf. I like to wath nfl games also, not very loud but with quality.
Speakes size. I would choose smallest as posible with out sacrificing qualty.
My favorite in your price range would be the JBL LSR-305 speakers with a subwoofer. Or the LSR-308 or Paradigm Shift A2 without a sub. The problem with those is they are not that small but the sound quality for the price is tough to beat.
Some small speaker suggestions would be M-Audio AV-40 , JBL Control 2P, Samson MediaOne and Focal XS Book, add a Dayton subwoofer. All of these can be set up using your TVs volume control and connected to the audio out of your TV. Using active speakers keeps another remote off the table and simplifies the system.
The Millenia CT system mentioned is an excellent sounding small system but sas the advantages (aesthetics) and disadvantages (dynamics) of small systems. I have a MilleniaOne 2.1 system in my home and really enjoy it. I also us Paradigm Shift A2 speakers with a sub on another TV system in my home. I like the sound quality of the Millenia system better but lacks the dynamics of the Shift A2 speakers. I wanted some Genelec G4s and tried them in my house but couldn't justify the 5x the price over the Paradigm Shift speakers. The JBLs give the paradigm shift a run for the money but the Shift speakers have DSP which gives better bass at low volumes.
Larger speakers will have a fuller sound and greater dynamics and of course volume but that is not a concern for you. For about the same money as the Millenia CT you could get JBLs and a good sub. The disadvantage is their aesthetics, size and you probably wouldn't mount them on a wall which you could do with the Millenia speakers if desired.
With $800 you could use a receiver with passive speakers and sub. The advantage here is you will have a LOT more choices to fit your aesthetics as well as more connection possibilities. The disadvantage is it adds complexity, another remote and piece of equipment to the mix. Not a big deal if you have a good universal remote.