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#2414915 - 12/07/17 06:00 PM Looking for some "Sound" advice
1fastrunner Offline


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Loc: York, PA
Hi,
I am looking at options for a wireless surround system for TV that I can add to down the line. I'm looking for experience with not only products, but the differences and advantages with Bluetooth vs. WiFi.
Thanks,
Jim

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#2414980 - 12/07/17 08:19 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Check with the geek squad at your local "Best Buy"... shruggy
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#2415011 - 12/07/17 09:15 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Originally Posted By 1fastrunner
Hi,
I am looking at options for a wireless surround system for TV that I can add to down the line. I'm looking for experience with not only products, but the differences and advantages with Bluetooth vs. WiFi.
Thanks,
Jim


Please provide more detail. What do you want to make wireless? Speakers? Phone, computer, or some other source connection?
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#2415049 - 12/07/17 10:28 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Call Crutchfield, and tell them what you are wanting. They will steer you right.

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#2415081 - 12/08/17 12:04 AM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
69Dartman Offline
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I have a Vizio 5.1 4051 soundbar. The sub is Bluetooth with 2 wired rear channel speakers that plugs into the sub. It sounds really good, truly does surround sound and has a bunch of inputs. I added it to my flat panel to improve the sound on normal TV watching. If I watch a Blue Ray movie I fire up the big system otherwise this thing sounds great, has lots of bass, and was super easy to setup.
Maybe that is something that you would like and they go on sale for a good deal quite a bit.
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#2415089 - 12/08/17 12:22 AM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
Dave Hall Offline
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I am not positive on this. Most wireless signals are pretty weak and don't know if those can actually power speakers. You could send the weak signal to powered speakers which wouldn't be plugged into the amplifier but would need 110???? I'd be super impressed if these exist. On the other hand, I have an old Bose Accoustimass system and it is pretty cool. Bose looks to have some wireless speakers but I would like to hear from an A/V guy to see how these actually work and see what's available. I think Bluetooth only goes about 30ft. WiFi will go to your neighbor's house.

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#2415190 - 12/08/17 10:01 AM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
restoman Offline
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We bought a Sonos system this past spring. Sound bar, sub and three separate speakers.
I love it. I use one of the speakers on the back deck and the sound from that one is pretty darn good.
Wasn't cheap, though... and each speaker requires an A/C receptacle.


Edited by restoman (12/08/17 10:03 AM)
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#2415521 - 12/08/17 08:57 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: restoman]
1fastrunner Offline


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Loc: York, PA
I am looking for a sound bar for our TV and sub-woofer and speakers. I would like a system that will work together and that I can add to. I have heard good things about Sonos except for the price. The system needs to be wireless and I'm not afraid to spend some money on the right items.
Jim

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#2416945 - 12/11/17 05:27 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Personally I would skip the sound bar. Go with a full home theater rig, AVR, center, left and right speakers, subwoofer and surrounds. This can go reasonably priced to very pricey. But you need to run wires to the surrounds.

If you want easy find an receiver that has bluetooth, like a Denon 1400 or Onkyo 575 and then pick up the Def Tech Pro Cinema 800 system. This has 4 speakers, a center and sub. This system and a receiver will run about $1200.

Run the wires to the rear surround. The wireless rear surrounds still need a power source, so you still have wires involved. Sonos sounds good and is relatively easy to put together but between the speaker bar, sub, and surrounds your in for $2000 plus. Put that kind of money into home theater and you'll easily beat Sonos sound, AND not be locked into their software environment.

If you want to go big, SVS speakers and sub or Elac speakers and a Hsu Research sub. Klipsch has some good deals going on now before Christmas. In general now is the time to buy as many places have deals on this stuff.

Look hard enough and you'll find wireless adapters or wireless speakers from a couple different companies to go with the system, but again you need power to run those surrounds.
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#2416958 - 12/11/17 05:39 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Bluetooth sound is easy, but there is some sound degradation and it eats battery from the sending device. Bluetooth 4.0 and up eases the battery consumption. Most recent bluetooth sound offers A2DP or AptX for better sound quality.

Wifi is nice as your device controls what you hear but the sound is coming via wifi from the source to the speaker. Its not a drain on the phone battery that would typically control it all. The cheap way into wifi streaming is with Chromecast Audio. $35 per device, as long as you have a power source, and an aux input on the speaker, you have sound, and its all controlled by the Google app. Plug a Chromecast dongle into all your bluetooth speakers around the house and you have whole house audio. Sonos does wifi streaming but you're locked into their software environment.

Got an old set of regular speakers laying around? Pick up a mini amp with an aux port like a Lepai, plug the dongle in and add this to your audio wifi system.
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#2417714 - 12/12/17 09:56 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: PLUM_72]
1fastrunner Offline


Registered: 07/05/03
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Loc: York, PA
Thanks for the info, I get the power and wireless part...the sound bar (center speaker) would connect directly to the TV and I was planning on using that to connect to the other speakers wireless? I guess I have more to look into

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#2417723 - 12/12/17 10:16 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: restoman]
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Originally Posted By restoman
We bought a Sonos system this past spring. Sound bar, sub and three separate speakers.
I love it. I use one of the speakers on the back deck and the sound from that one is pretty darn good.
Wasn't cheap, though... and each speaker requires an A/C receptacle.


Same Here......... SONOS.......CLICK HERE for demo


Simply amazing up


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#2418006 - 12/13/17 01:24 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: A12]
1fastrunner Offline


Registered: 07/05/03
Posts: 1968
Loc: York, PA
Which Sonos components do you have for your TV?
I'm planning on starting with better sound for my TV and then adding to it.
Jim

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#2419696 - 12/16/17 10:16 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
1fastrunner Offline


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Loc: York, PA
I went with the Sonos Playbar, Sub, and Play1 speakers.
Hope we like it.
Jim

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#2419699 - 12/16/17 10:26 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Originally Posted By 1fastrunner
I went with the Sonos Playbar, Sub, and Play1 speakers.
Hope we like it.
Jim



Jim YOU;LL LOVE IT!!!!

Sorry but I overlooked replying but that setup is exactly what I have now, the sound bar/playbar, the awesome sub and two play 1 speakers. I want to get one Play 5 to add to it.....hoping there's one under the tree in a week or so XmasPeng Santa3

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#2420087 - 12/17/17 08:41 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: A12]
1fastrunner Offline


Registered: 07/05/03
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Loc: York, PA
There is a 10% off code that can be used on Sonos site, think it's good til the end of the year if its not there...

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#2435367 - 01/15/18 10:10 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: 1fastrunner]
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Loc: N.E. OHIO, USA
Originally Posted By 1fastrunner
I went with the Sonos Playbar, Sub, and Play1 speakers.
Hope we like it.
Jim


Jim, how do you like the SONOS system?

Mike

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#2436056 - 01/16/18 09:40 PM Re: Looking for some "Sound" advice [Re: A12]
1fastrunner Offline


Registered: 07/05/03
Posts: 1968
Loc: York, PA
I'm really happy with it, but I don't really have the rear speakers where they should be. Right now they are behind our loveseat and right behind our heads. I have them facing away because of the cord and so they aren't right in our ear.
There are times where it seems the surround sound comes and goes when it should be steady. Not sure if it's the actual recording, the TV, or something with the Sonos.
Jim

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