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Home Theater System for PC

#1SantaeidPosted 1/24/2014 12:18:37 AM
I have my PC connected to a TV that I use when I want to watch Netflix and etc. but the TV I have has sucky speakers where the dialog is very low and SFX and music are ridiculously loud. I heard that if I have a home theater system/5.1 surround sound I will be able to use the cetner speakers to increase dialog volume and lower the rear ones for the sfx/music. I would also like one with wifi and/or bluetooth capabilties so if my friends come over we can all listen to music through the speakers.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDV-E3100-Channel-Blu-ray-Built-In/dp/B00BI22U3O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390547679&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+home+theater+system+5.1

This one I found looks nice but I don't need the bluray player.

Any advice would be super special awesome.
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#2WinpusPosted 1/24/2014 12:28:11 AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007JF8FD8

Just picked this up for my pc, you'll want to use a sound card with optical out and hardware encoding like a sound blaster z, but gives what you're looking for.
#3AnatomyHorrorPosted 1/24/2014 12:30:42 AM(edited)
Definitely don't get that. (sony system)

You should just look into getting a separate receiver (with multiple inputs unlike the one you listed). And then get a center speaker w/rear speaker set, and 2 front speakers (bookshelf, floor standing, etc). For even just $350, you could get a system that destroys that Sony set.


@ Winpus, why would you use optical for that receiver? Has plenty of hdmi inputs.
#4UberLurkerPosted 1/24/2014 12:34:34 AM
Santaeid posted...
I have my PC connected to a TV that I use when I want to watch Netflix and etc. but the TV I have has sucky speakers where the dialog is very low and SFX and music are ridiculously loud.


This can be solved on the cheap by enabling volume normalization in your media player program, if available. I know that MPC-HC can do this as I've used it before to fairly good effect.

A full on A/V receiver system would do the trick as well and would definitely sound better than your TV speakers, but of course that costs the monies.
#5WinpusPosted 1/24/2014 12:37:48 AM
AnatomyHorror posted...

@ Winpus, why would you use optical for that receiver? Has plenty of hdmi inputs.


Because I have a 1440 display and it only throughputs1080. And I prefer a dedicated card for sound and not the Nvidia chip.
#6BuburibonPosted 1/24/2014 1:14:59 AM
Winpus posted...
AnatomyHorror posted...

@ Winpus, why would you use optical for that receiver? Has plenty of hdmi inputs.


Because I have a 1440 display and it only throughputs1080. And I prefer a dedicated card for sound and not the Nvidia chip.


It's your receiver that handles all conversions when you're going optical/HDMI. The "Nvidia chip" vs. your preferred sound card won't matter unless you're using analog outs. Ideally, you'd use the HDMI output to the receiver, and the receiver's pre outs to a quality amplifier.
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#7WinpusPosted 1/24/2014 2:08:40 AM
Right, but I like the features that the sound blaster card I have comes with that the on board sound and graphics card chip don't have. Among other things, that includes eax for the older direct sound based games I have.

For a lot of people, including TC, hdmi out through the graphics card will probably be sufficient and they can ignore my spdif out comment. Though when I use the receiver for my video switch, it won't out put 1440, I have to connect directly to the display.
#8WyzeGyePosted 1/24/2014 2:28:13 AM
I've got an Onkyo HT-R390 I love it.
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#9Santaeid(Topic Creator)Posted 1/24/2014 7:45:46 AM
I would also like to use it on my gaming consoles which are downstairs for improved immersion. Just thought I would share this if it makes a difference. I don't want to spend too much ($300 is the max but I am willing to go slightly higher).
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#10thegreatsquarePosted 1/24/2014 9:35:28 AM(edited)
Santaeid posted...
I would also like to use it on my gaming consoles which are downstairs for improved immersion. Just thought I would share this if it makes a difference. I don't want to spend too much ($300 is the max but I am willing to go slightly higher).


If you don't mind refurbs:

http://usa.denon.com/us/product/pages/productdetail.aspx?catalog=denonna_us&pcatid=refurbishedprocat(denonna)&catid=hometheatersystemsref(denonna)&pid=dht1513ba(denonna)&isref=1

http://usa.denon.com/us/product/pages/productdetail.aspx?catalog=denonna_us&pcatid=refurbishedprocat(denonna)&catid=hometheatersystemsref(denonna)&pid=dht1312ba(denonna)&isref=1


...or if you do:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1CZ0NV3164
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