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My family has a Samsung 4665F HDTV, the speakers are OK, but we were thinking of getting a speaker system. The reason is that sometimes we hook up one of our laptops to the TV and watch youtube or videos but we can't figure out how to input sound to to TV's speakers.

So my parents are willing to spend 150$ maybe 200$ on a speaker system. It would have to work with the TV, DVD's, etc. as well as a laptop or iPod we wanted to plug into it. And it needs to be simple to use. So is there anything that would be a significant upgrade from the TV speakers for this price?

PS: are the logitech z-5500's any good?
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My advice is to do some more reading about how to setup a home theater system. Most displays do not have an amplifier capable of driving external speakers - you typically need an AV receiver or a "home theater-in-a-box" system that includes an amplifier and speakers as a package. Powered computer speakers can be better than nothing, but they are meant to be used in a computer desk set-up where you are sitting a few feet away, not to fill a larger room.

http://hometheater.about.com/od/home...ct_Reviews.htm
http://www.axiomaudio.com/hometheaterbasics.html
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forum...ysprune=&f=109
http://hometheater.about.com/cs/befo...aahtissuea.htm
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/forum...hread.php?t=20

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So a $200 budget won't cut it? One of the sites said the receiver alone is $200.

I also should say that we don't spend much time at all watching TV, we just need something louder than laptop speakers for when we hook it up, and also just to make the Tv experience better.

Is there anything this cheap? And is it crap, or would it be much better than the TV's speakers?

BTW, thanks for the help, I'm pretty new to speakers in general.
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I think you are looking for a $300+ HTiB. Pull the trigger and be done.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202648988836
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1200703058075

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Okay, thanks for the advice. I will get a HTiB.
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Okay, thanks for the advice. I will get a HTiB.

Do a few hours of reading on this site as well as the links above. It's worth it to know a little bit before you go shopping. It will help you get the best bang for your bucks!!


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How about something like this? $199 with free shipping.

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/s...&item=k1sntos4

Give them a call, tel them how you'd like to use it and they should be able to help.
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less than $200 for receiver and 5.1 speakers.

Onkyo HT-SR600

sign up for an account and you get 10% off and free shipping.

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Here is a link to a used JVC TH-A10 HTIB in LA for $100. It is what I have and paid $1400 9 years ago; it is what my wife can't understand why I want to upgrade.

Good option if it's still available.

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I took a look at your manual online and it looks like right next to where you connect the pc's video cable is the jack to plug in for audio.
So basically you just need a cable with a male 3.5mm jack on each end and connect the pc's audio out and the tv.
Like this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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My advice is to do some more reading about how to setup a home theater system. Most displays do not have an amplifier capable of driving external speakers - you typically need an AV receiver or a "home theater-in-a-box" system that includes an amplifier and speakers as a package. Powered computer speakers can be better than nothing, but they are meant to be used in a computer desk set-up where you are sitting a few feet away, not to fill a larger room.

You're selling the Z-5500 WAY too short lumping it in with the (typically) sub-HTiB quality of PC speakers. I'm pretty convinced there is nothing in the (discounted) price range of the Z that even begins to approach its quality. It's criminally weak on features and inputs (1 optical, DD, DTS, and PLII are pretty much all its got), but there's a lot of speaker and sound quality for the price. I think original retail was like $600 on it, so it is not some anemic ultra value system. I have no idea why it is discounted so hard, probably because it's pretty old.
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