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Old 12-12-2013, 10:49 AM
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Moved into a new house that had no sound wiring or sound system installed. Before I launch into a Best Buy and get swamped with 200 options (I hate that by the way) am I thinking in the right direction that I can just do one system that will cover the TV viewing and home sound? The TV viewing are area has just a Flat panel.. Its in a great room, or family room if you can call it that, and not intended as a home theatre. I'm not ruling out a home theatre system mind you, but I'm not setting out to build a "home theater' system if that makes sense..

The Mrs. always has music playing and has been on me to get this up and running. Last house had speakers in the ceiling in the kitchen and she really liked that. The family room had some smaller wall mounts that sounded pretty good too.. I'm thinking 4 dedicated stereo speakers in the family room/kitchen area as they kind of flow together, then one of those sound bar systems for the TV with the separate sub woofer, IF one system isn't the right path. We're not audiophiles, or theatre sound junkies, just looking for a good solution to what I've laid out..

So, keep 'em separate, or build one system that will cover both home sound?

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:58 AM
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http://www.sonos.com/system
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Hmmm interesting. Do you have this system? How do I make the signal from my stereo amp bluetooth?
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I don't personally have it but some of my friends have Sonos equipment and it works really well. To connect your amp you would need this:

http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/connect

Sonos has great support, they have an "ask us anything" live chat, I would use that all call them and tell them what you want to do, they are the experts and would be able to give you a run down on how to set everything up.
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So, keep 'em separate, or build one system that will cover both home sound?

I would and do have one quality "source" and then leverage it.
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You can poke around at:
audioholics.com
soundandvision.com
audioreview.comhttp
www.avsforum.com


for starters

There is a lot of good information there.

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Another vote for Sonos as a whole home audio setup. I don't have it but friends do and it's pretty solid although can get a little costly when adding rooms. I believe Sonos can also handle the TV aspect as well but you could also look at some of the newer sound bars out there for that.
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I posted a bit about sonos on this thread . i didn't want to type it again . dont know if its for you or not but it may give you a little better idea what it is.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...s-vs-bose.html
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Your first mistake is going to Best Buy.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
Your first mistake is going to Best Buy.

Their Magnolia Stores are not that bad.
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B & O is the way to go
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
Their Magnolia Stores are not that bad.

There is much better equipment out there if that is your bag. Some people are happy with a Bose table top set and others like better gear.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
Your first mistake is going to Best Buy.
No, I guess my first mistake was asking on THT!

"Before I launch into a Best Buy and get swamped with 200 options (I hate that by the way) am I thinking in the right direction that I can just do one system that will cover the TV viewing and home sound?"
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I'm liking to Sonos concept here.. B&O is out of the question cost wise.. I'm going to have a closer look at the Sonos, as it appears to be a good fit for what we're looking to do.. Never heard of them before. Thanks!

Thanks for the replies.
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Don't skimp on the center channel speaker or the sub, in my opinion, the most important speakers in the set.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
There is much better equipment out there if that is your bag. Some people are happy with a Bose table top set and others like better gear.

Yes, there is and where did I mention Bose. I personally would never buy Bose.
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
Yes, there is and where did I mention Bose. I personally would never buy Bose.
No highs, no lows, must be Bose! LOL
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
Yes, there is and where did I mention Bose. I personally would never buy Bose.

I only used the brand as an example. They (Bose) do have their places. It's just not in my living room.

Truthfully speaking they have a new TV that I saw in the HT store I get my stuff at and I'll tell you the sound coming out of it was absolutely amazing. Of course the price was $6000.00 but it was a perfect application for somebody who didn't want to deal with all the speakers, amps, cables, ect.
If you can find one close to you give it a listen. I'm sure you will agree.
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I am a hard wired guy, that being said I see you are in Florida, so probably no basement to run wires. Do you have an attic? If so I would go that route and hang satellite speakers from the ceiling. For the TV you will need 6 speakers min, a left main, center, right main left rear, right rear, and a sub woofer. Yes you can do go wild and go more. But IMHO I don't think you will get many more benefits, and really how many speakers do you really want to look at? I don't want to get into all the different speakers on the market right now, there are so many good ones. I will say one thing, stay away from Bose at all cost. Don't believe me do a Goggle search. Your sub woofer can be placed just about anywhere. If you do some research on speakers you will also get outstanding sound for music with the same main speakers and sub.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
I am a hard wired guy, that being said I see you are in Florida, so probably no basement to run wires. Do you have an attic? If so I would go that route and hang satellite speakers from the ceiling. For the TV you will need 6 speakers min, a left main, center, right main left rear, right rear, and a sub woofer. Yes you can do go wild and go more. But IMHO I don't think you will get many more benefits, and really how many speakers do you really want to look at? I don't want to get into all the different speakers on the market right now, there are so many good ones. I will say one thing, stay away from Bose at all cost. Don't believe me do a Goggle search. Your sub woofer can be placed just about anywhere. If you do some research on speakers you will also get outstanding sound for music with the same main speakers and sub.
Yes, I have good access in the attic. Everything we had in the past was obviously hard wired too.
Reading some of the reviews for the Sonos sytem, it kicks ass. I'm leaning in that direction.. One review I read said it left a lottle to be desired for home stereo sound (the play bar). I still have my Boston Acoustic SubSat six sub, so maybe I'll add a couple of wall mounts to that for a few hundred bucks and be done. Oh, and here I go.. Local Best buy is a Magnolia Home Theatre store and they have the Sonos stuff. Dang!
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