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Question Build a system around an old 3-in-1 speaker or buy a whole new surround HT set?

I have an old Infinity TSS 3-in-1 that I've never used.

Would it make sense to buy a receiver, satellites, and subwoofer to build a surround HT system with it? Or should I sell the 3-in-1 for cheap (~€85 / $95 is the going rate) and buy a new, more modern system that includes all the parts?

I haven't been very active in the speaker / HT game, so I don't know if:

  1. The Infinity TSS 3-in-1 is good enough
  2. It's important to buy a system where all the parts were designed to work together
  3. The tech has advanced to the point where HT speakers from 10+ years ago are obsolete
  4. I'm missing some other factor

Thanks

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I have an old Infinity TSS 3-in-1 that I've never used.

Would it make sense to buy a receiver, satellites, and subwoofer to build a surround HT system with it? Or should I sell the 3-in-1 for cheap (~€85 / $95 is the going rate) and buy a new, more modern system that includes all the parts?

I haven't been very active in the speaker / HT game, so I don't know if:

  1. The Infinity TSS 3-in-1 is good enough
  2. It's important to buy a system where all the parts were designed to work together
  3. The tech has advanced to the point where HT speakers from 10+ years ago are obsolete
  4. I'm missing some other factor

Thanks

It's a good idea to have matching or at least same family model line speakers (especially with immersive audio) and it might be difficult to pair anything with an older speaker like that. Besides, compared to good "normal" speakers and a sub, a sound bar is just not good enough IMHO.


What is your budget? Is it flexible? What are your three room dimensions? Open floor plan? Music and movies, or mostly movies? What kind of stuff do you listen to? Expect pulse pounding volume levels with thunderous bass?

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I have an old Infinity TSS 3-in-1 that I've never used.

Would it make sense to buy a receiver, satellites, and subwoofer to build a surround HT system with it? Or should I sell the 3-in-1 for cheap (~€85 / $95 is the going rate) and buy a new, more modern system that includes all the parts?

I haven't been very active in the speaker / HT game, so I don't know if:

  1. The Infinity TSS 3-in-1 is good enough
  2. It's important to buy a system where all the parts were designed to work together
  3. The tech has advanced to the point where HT speakers from 10+ years ago are obsolete
  4. I'm missing some other factor

Thanks
As a starting point you'd need a receiver to power that LCR 3 way passive soundbar and would be a good idea to add a modest sub to it as it only reaches down to a claimed 120hz which likely means it has no bass at all.

What country are you in?

What is your budget?

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We don't have a very well-defined budget so far, but I would expect a limit of around €800 (~$900) including the A/V receiver and the speakers. We live in the Netherlands.

The system will be mainly for watching movies and series on a TV in a 4m x 3m corner of our living room (bottom right of the floor plan, to the left of the "balkon"):



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Have you tried the Infinity? How does it sound? Has good reviews, but you will need a subwoofer with good output up to 150Hz, at least. You can probably do better, but it may end up costing you a bit more than your current budget. Define your goals first. You want lots of volume and big bass for action movie explosions or are you a documentary watcher? Movies and music (type?) or just movies/TV? What speaker options are available to you? Are you buying from a local purveyor or online?

That Infinity must be one of the very first 3 channel passive soundbars marketed! If it sounds good, then you can just get a pair of small infinity speakers for your surrounds and put the bulk of the $ towards a good sub (if good bass is a goal). The "matching" surround speakers would be these (which you will have to find on the used market): Infinity TSS-SAT750 or 800. If you have trouble locating them, it is not a requirement that surround speaker match the front, so you could look for some other similar product new.

More info (introduced in 2007):

https://www.ecoustics.com/products/i...tal-solutions/

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We don't have a very well-defined budget so far, but I would expect a limit of around €800 (~$900) including the A/V receiver and the speakers. We live in the Netherlands.
This set looks like it might be worth a listen in your area.

https://www.hifiklubben.nl/tv-en-sur...surround-5.1-/

https://www.lbtechreviews.com/test/s...-alto-5-active

This would be even better.

https://www.hificorner.nl/q-acouscti...nema-pack.html

Plus this.

https://www.hifiklubben.nl/tv-en-sur...ound-receiver/

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This may help with your decision:

https://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/h...eaker-packages

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