Have a second vacation condo where I want a very basic set up. I've got:
1) Sony Bravia NX810
2) DirecTV DVR Cable box
3) Optional BluRay Player on the way possibly...
I would like to transmit sound signals into my ...
1) Powered subwoofer.
2) 5 surround sound speakers.
3) The Pandora feature to come through these speakers instead of the TV speakers.
Aside from blowing $500+ on a nice receiver that does so much, is there a more cheap, simple component that can handle the delivery of sound to these speakers for me?
I realise the Pandora one is more tricky. At home I am only able to get Pandora to come through the speakers if I load it from the Sony BluRay player which also has wifi and pandora. If I do it through the TV the sound simply wont come out to the speakers. The Blu Ray player goes into the receiver at home, and therefore can transmit out the speakers. The TV doesnt push anything INTO the receiver so it cant push anything out to the speakers.
if you have an a/v receiver, you can add a media box like the Western Digital TV Live Plus to get Pandora, Netflix, other internet sources. Even if you don't use the video feeds, the audio feeds are good, as is the access to audio files on a USB memory stick or external drive.
Some sound bars I believe can do what you want so research that route, you would have a mounted speaker with your monitor and rear surrounds that can be wired or wireless plus a sub that could be wired or not, I have seen a few in BestBuy and such that can load a IPOD and I think some stream music.
A reciever would be more ideal with speakers but you dont seem to want all that hassle and bulk so the soundbar idea may be best for you, mind you it may not come as cheap as you want,
Im not understanding the logic of putting Pandora and wifi and Netflix wifi onto a Sony Bravia Television.
Can someone explain this to me?
Is the assumption that the user is only going to use the Television speakers? Because if you load Netflix from the TV you're not going to get any sound out through your receiver to your home theater speakers, right?
Same with Pandora from the TV.
You pretty much *have to* have a wifi bluray player.
The soundbars typically hook directly into the TV itself and effectively "replace" your standard TV speakers. some tV's will see it and adjust automatically, some you will have to choose the Audio out option as your speaker config. Even if you hook a cheaper receiver up, you would have to use the audio out from the tv to the input on the receiver. same concept.
Then, anything you play on the TV, or any othe component hooked to the receiver (BD player, CD, ipod etc) will obviously be output by the speakers connected to it.
If I were you, I would drop money on the BD player with pandora and all that on it, then get a cheap ($200-300) receiver, there are plenty out there, and then use it as your hub. you will have all your audio and video cables going into the receiver, and then ONE cable going from the monitor OUT on the receiver to your TV. this way, everything will run through your receiver and you speaker setup (if you already have the speakers that is)