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post #1 of 10 Old 04-05-2004, 12:13 PM - Thread Starter
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I wonder if anyone owns or has auditioned this HTIB. It is a 3 speaker + subwoofer system that attempts to create some rear ambiance by reflectors on the front speakers. I can't put any sort of rear speakers in my general TV watching room (mainly for sports viewing and casual channel surfing). The 5.1 effects for the few sporting events that are broadcast in 5.1 wouldn't seem to demand the level of channel separation that a 5.1 DVD would and I'm curious whether Samsung's approach does create a surround sound ambiance of some sort.

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I had a friend who had it. Decent. You probably could do worse, and sounds like your setup, you'd need something like this.

If you can get a good deal somewhere, maybe it would be ok.

HT systems don't strike me as one of Samsung's strong suits, however.

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KEF makes a much higher-end system with this approach (surroung simulated by mains). Different price range, but you might want at least to check tripple-double-U kef.com.
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The KEF has not (according to their website) been released for sale in the US yet. It sounds like it might be out in UK and perhaps other EU countries as well. I haven't seen any reports or reviews yet, but will keep an eye out for any.

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Try this link for an another alternative. It's from one of the Nakamichi clan and looks very cool. Has been very well reviewed elsewhere online.
http://www.niro1.com/en/index.html

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Thanks for the link. Niro does look good, but their 1.1 model won't accept digital audio from my HD tuner. M&K has also announced a center speaker does 5.1 setup, but its not yet available.

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That's the trouble with all in one's - there is always feature they don't accomodate. I doubt mine will handle that either. 1 or 2 speaker HTIB's and wireless rear speakers are great ideas. Wire routing to the rear is such a drag. The M&K sounds great but how do you power it?

I found a KEF website that said it was coming to the US in April. Shouldn't be long now.
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M&K sounds great but how do you power it?
I assume you connect it to a 5.1 receiver, but I guess we'll have to await further details.

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M&K has been at this thing about as long as anyone, and has done a ton of research so I would expect their offering to be among the best in breed.
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Just checked http://www.mksound.com/whatsnew.html and see that the pics and some details are up already, though no pricing. It appears to be Xenon LCR25 components and a new single driver speaker for the surround channels.

Methinks the installation will have a lot to do with how well this performs in a given room. Boy, I would love to see this though!
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