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i have no idea how to set up surround sound for ps3

post #1 of 11
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hey guys, i really have no idea how to setup surround sound for my ps3. i want a 5.1 or a 7.1. i own an hdtv and ps3 is currently connected by hdmi. of course i need to buy the speakers set but how do i hook it up to the ps3 and output the needed configuration? do i buy a dvd player or blu ray player then connect my ps3 to those players then the players connect to the tv? - with the speakers wired in to the back of the player. hope you guys can help me out.
post #2 of 11
You will need to buy an AV receiver as well as speakers. Connect the PS3 to the AV Receiver with HDMI, and another HDMI connection from the Receiver to the TV. You do not need any additional DVd players or Blu ray players; the PS3 is your player.
post #3 of 11
You can buy individual speakers, plus an AV receiver, or you can look at home theater in a box options that have the speakers and receiver/amp all in one box. Normally, I would recommend spending about as much on audio as you did on your TV.

How much was the TV and which one is it? Or, how much do you want to spend on sound?
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
oh cool. thanks for the simple explanation. i looked at "good" audio receivers online according to some reviews and them good ones cost near the $1000 dollar mark. wow! never thought they'd be that expensive. and that's only for the av receiver, no speakers yet. thought i'd just be buying like less than $500 since a good blu-ray 5.1 home thatre system costs about that much.
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Originally Posted by av_l_nch3 View Post

oh cool. thanks for the simple explanation. i looked at "good" audio receivers online according to some reviews and them good ones cost near the $1000 dollar mark. wow! never thought they'd be that expensive. and that's only for the av receiver, no speakers yet. thought i'd just be buying like less than $500 since a good blu-ray 5.1 home thatre system costs about that much.

That's a lot for an AVR (AV receiver). Check out the amps and receivers section of this forum for suggestions. I got a great factory refurb for around $250 and I'm quite happy with it.
post #6 of 11
For a completely radical system on a budget, you can look at something like the Energy Take Classic 5.1 for about $400 on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001202C44

Then pair it up with something like a Yamaha HTR-4063 for about $250 on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CP0KGE

You'll end up with something that is worlds better sounding than any $500 Blu-ray HTIB setup you'll find, it will have far more input options, and won't be tied to a Blu-ray player that is just useless junk sitting in your living room when the laser dies on it.

For the extra $150, this is by far the better route to take.
post #7 of 11
If you really want to hit the $500 price point, keep the same Yamaha receiver, but look at this $250 Polk 5.1 speaker set instead.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WGJX5A
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
ok. thanks for the suggestions guys!

btw, never tried shopping on amazon. do they ship overseas? because i currently live in singapore. tried finding the stuff you guys said and those ain't available here.

also, i'm not a fan of iOS gadgets and don't stream music so i don't need an avr with airplay or whatever pandora streaming what not software. just wanted to say that. altho i think looking at how i want my surround sound to be awesome, i think price is not really an issue, maybe an avr without that software will cost less. so any suggestions? i'm thinking of getting the energy speakers recommended by darklordjames
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
also, for future proof purposes, i think i'm going to need an avr that's 3d capable. (whatever that means lol since i've read a couple of avr specs and reviews and some mention 3d surround or something)
post #10 of 11
While I have never personally owned the Energy Take Classic set in question, I have spent a couple of hours listening to them. For $400, that speaker set is frankly fantastic. It is noticeably better than any of the <$300 packages I have seen, and it takes $1000 package to beat it. If I were to put together a new setup in my bedroom right now, those Energy's would be at the top of my list.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by G-Bull View Post

That's a lot for an AVR (AV receiver). Check out the amps and receivers section of this forum for suggestions. I got a great factory refurb for around $250 and I'm quite happy with it.

I second this suggestion. I bought a refurbed Onkyo 605 a few years ago for $250. I still see no reason to replace it. It should last me through a handful of speaker upgrades. As long as an AVR can output what you want, passthrough what you want, and has enough connections, there's little reason to shell out tons of money unless you really know what it is you're getting.

Also, I'm not sure if this has been suggested, but as a general rule, the majority of your cash should go into your speakers, not an AVR. Not only is the quality of speakers more important than the quality of your AVR, but chances are that your speakers will far outlast your receiver anyway (tech gets outdated, lots more working parts to get busted, etc).

I strongly recommend making your way over to the audio area of AVS. You'll find great information and posters there who can help you.
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