Originally Posted by Macondawg
Looks great, has anyone seen or heard it though?
Just got myself one, and set it up fully today.
Starting with the caveat that I do not consider myself an audiophile...that said, I'm really liking this solution. One of my constraints is WAF. My wife wants everything in our entertainment center and able to close it up so we're not always looking at the TV. I was running with a JVC 5.1 receiver, with a handful of small satellites, the rears sitting on top of the cabinet and angled to bounce off the ceiling, so as to avoid running wires under the carpet. Suffice it to say, this didn't make for a great surround experience.
By ditching the JVC and replacing with the PT8051, I was able to eliminate most of my rat's nest of wiring, including 5 speakers and wires, AM/FM antenna (which I never used since we use a mini shelf system for radio), a number of input wires (switched to optical and coax digital for my DVD player, FiOS HD DVR, and XBOX 360), etc. Much cleaner setup overall.
I've watched a couple of college football games on ESPN HD, and the sound there was good but not great. Then I popped in the HD DVD version of Serenity, and wow. I was very impressed. Channel separation, while not what you'd probably get from a 7.1 setup in a dedicated home theatre, was really quite good, and the surround effect was impressive, particularly since this is in a relatively small room, and the rear wireless speaker is basically right behind me.
Because of the size of our cabinet, I was unable to put the main speaker bar below the TV, so I put it up top. I was concerned that that would leave the dialog sounding like it wasn't coming from the TV, but that hasn't been an issue at all.
As far as volume is concerned, I haven't cranked it, but it seems to have plenty of power to fill the room.
I got a pretty good deal on this, but is it worth the full retail, compared to similar systems? That I can't say, since this is the first system of this type that I've used. But it's a neat solution for losing a lot of wires, and so far the quality meets my needs, and is far superior to what I was living with, so that's good enough for me.
One big gripe I have, which isn't really a gripe against the product specifically. I use a Harmony 890 to control my rig, and up til now, every component I've owned was in the Logitech database. The PT8051 isn't, and it took me some trial and error to get the device set up the way I wanted, which included learning commands from the included remote, adding non-standard commands (like volume up/down for the front, center, and rear channels), etc. Overall, I'd say I spent an hour or two getting the PT8051 set up on the Harmony 890. Now that it's set up, it's a thing of beauty.