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post #1 of 5 Old 07-20-2016, 01:52 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys! I'm looking for some options for my media room. I don't care about surround sound, but I watch a lot of movies and play video games. I was thinking of just using the inputs on the TV (5 HDMI) and using the optical cable to give sound to an integrated amp to power my KEF 300B's and an SVS SB-2000. I don't want a center channel or anything else.

My question is basically. Am I going to still get great sound quality with the amp for movies and games as I would for music? Would the calibration features of an AVR be better for me even though I'm just running a 2.1 setup? How would movies that are mixed in 5.1 surround sound when coming through a 2.1 setup?

last note, I don't believe in the whole center channel dialogue thing. I've never missed it when I had headphones on, and I've never listened to music and thought I couldn't hear the voice, and I've never listened to an orchestra and thought I needed multiple speakers to hear each instrument. Is there something I'm missing here? Please help!
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I’d say you’re missing a lot of enjoyment with both movies and video games without surround sound. But if you’ve visited movie theaters, especially to see action flicks, and left going “Meh - surround sound, what’s the big deal?” then I can see why you wouldn’t want it at home. (Actually I’ve seldom seen a movie theater that sounded as good as my own home system, but that’s a discussion for another day.)

You obviously can’t get the immersion of surround sound with a stereo amp, but you can certainly get sound quality (read high-fidelity and accuracy) that’s as good as a standard AVR.

As far as I know, there is no stereo integrated amp with a bass management system that works as well as what’s in a standard 5.1 AVR, and for sure no auto-calibration.

In-room viewing is a whole ’nother world from using headphones. In a room where there is some distance between you and the audio source (which obviously is not an issue with headphones), a center channel helps “anchor” movies dialog to the screen. Without one, people sitting off-center hear primarily the left or right speaker, which is a rather unnatural representation when you can visually see someone see speaking on the screen several feet away from the sound source.

However, as you note a center channel isn’t important for music listening in stereo.

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I don't want a center channel or anything else.

last note, I don't believe in the whole center channel dialogue thing. I've never missed it when I had headphones on, .....
Of course not using headphones ... however, when seated some distance from speakers, a center speaker for movies/TV can make a big difference having the voices coming from the center of the display as opposed to left and right of the display.

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Integrated amps with bass management get kinda pricey, what do you have now?
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You already answered your own question in the topic alone. THEATER. there are no theaters with 2 channel sound lol. NEXT. You cemented it with i watch a lot of movies and play video games, seriously gaming alone surround is soooo freaking amazing with its in surround. I mean seriously its just silly to not have surround these days. Even if its some budget receiver at first. Just DO IT.

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