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Just completed finishing out a small area in my basement for a den/theater area, but now I need some suggestions for an audio system. I am going to pick-up either a Samsung 46" LN46A550 or Sony 46" KLN-46V4100 as the TV.


I was told to go with 2.1 due to the size of the room, but I am not convinced...can someone offer advice on 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 for the set-up as well as any systems they would suggest?


Here's a pic of the layout...

 

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at least consider 3.1 as your minimum setup. Some a/v receivers can do a decent job of creating a "phanton center", but there is so much audio information on the movie center channel soundtrack it really does require its own speaker. A really nice front 3 speaker bundle from Jamo (units are selling out fast - this is a very popular sale) http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/...103__0_0_0_-1/


for surrounds (in less than optimal positions if you want 5.1) consider dipole speakers mounted on the side walls. The dipole design will difuse the sound a bit and help with the out of position mounting.


you will need an a/v receiver, like the Yamaha V565, Onkyo SR606 or 607, Pioneer 919, or Denon 790.


For subwoofers, you have many good choices - http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-1.html
http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_...roducts_id=407
http://www.thespeakercompany.com/T25...r-P103C17.aspx


good luck
 

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I decided on the Onkyo TX-SR507 receiver:

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR507...9048380&sr=8-1


and a set of Energy Take Classic speakers:

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Take-Cl...9048599&sr=1-1


and Energy subwoofer:

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-ESW-8HG..._bxgy_e_text_b


Amazon was offering a $50.00 rebate on the Onkyo receiver (don't know if they still are). I've got Amazon prime (free shipping) so the total cost was $717. Very, very happy with the results. I'm currenly using a 3.1 configuration (may add back speakers at a later date). The Onkyo receiver has several settings to simulate surround sound with only two or three speakers.


I tried the CT500 Sony soundbar. While I would have been happy if the Sony had worked, I went through two bad units. The Onkyo/Energy combination does sound much nicer. The downside? More wires, even using only three speakers and a subwoofer. It's definitely worth it. Look at the CNET review of the Energy speakers:

http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-spe...?tag=mncol;lst
 
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