Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: A place with no mountains
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I have a Sony S580 Blu Ray Player (only coax digital audio out, and RCA stereo out), a Motorola RNG200N DVR (from Comcast, with optical and coax digital audio out -- and RCA), and a computer with a Realtek ALC892 8-channel high def audio system (with optical and coax S/PDIF outputs).
I want to feed all 3 of these sound sources into one speaker system. I need a recommendation on what to buy. I'm thinking of just getting an amp and speakers, although I have considered getting a receiver. But I won't use most of the features of a receiver.
I would also like a compact system, if possible. My budget is around $400. (I can go up a bit if it makes sense.) Later, I might upgrade the whole system and go with a real home theatre system when I get a "real TV", so I don't want to spend more than I need to right now.
I'm thinking about going with a 2.1 system. I'll use it for everything from motorsports on TV (via the Motorola STB) to music via the computer to Ted Talks via the streaming Sony Blu Ray player.
The room is about 14 feet x 25 feet with a tile floor, and I want the sound to be moderately loud.
BTW, the video from all sources goes to a Dell U3011 30" computer monitor and I can switch the source via the monitor's menu. I don't actually have a TV, as I hinted above.