5.1 Advice

The Recon

Standard Member
Hi everyone ,

I would really appreciate any help you can bring to me , as im really stuck on what decision to make in relation to audio. I am only 16 so still at home and I have been saving for a while to upgrade my tv ( which I have pretty much decided on) once again but have been trolling through the seperates side of things for a couple of months. I have a budget of about £550 - 600 for audio although the question is whether I really want to spend that much money ( or if it is even enough) if I am not going to be able to appreciate the full benifit of my purchase. My bedroom is 9"10 x 9"6 , and I do not know if 5.1 is going to be able to work it's magic in that sort of space considering I am going to have a bed , wardobe , bookcase etc. within that space. Also I am not going to be able to blare it loud all the time as I dont want to be selfish and effect the rest of those in my house with my room being upstairs whilst my family is watching stuff , so is there any point in me spending the cash on a system that I cant get the full capabilities out of ? If not then I was just wondering what the options are for the audio side of things? I have been pointed to towards the direction of 5.1 headphones as although I will not be getting such high quality sound it will be less use of space and will not cause disruption to the rest of the house.Also not having to spend such a large amount also which I cant invest into other aspects of my setup/room. Please any advice would be very welcome! Thanks in advance.
 

johnmc

Well-known Member
Hi everyone ,

I would really appreciate any help you can bring to me , as im really stuck on what decision to make in relation to audio. I am only 16 so still at home and I have been saving for a while to upgrade my tv ( Thanks in advance.
Wish i had £600 when i was 16....
when i was a lad..................................

:D:D


headphones are a good idea. you can turn it up without disturbing anyone.
 

McCraque

Novice Member
You can do it for that sort of price no problem.

Something like the Onkyo 506 would be worth considering £249 - my friend just bought one and was very happy with it for the price. 606 is even better, but more cash!

ONKYO TXSR506-BLK at Richer Sounds - HI-FI Separates, Home Cinema, Speakers, MP3 DVD Portables, Plasma LCD, etc.

speakers to go with it - maybe worth considering the little Tanoys (assuming you wanted sat/sub due to room size limitations

TANNOY EFX5.1-SIL at Richer Sounds - HI-FI Separates, Home Cinema, Speakers, MP3 DVD Portables, Plasma LCD, etc.

Keeps it all well within your budget -
am sure some of the other chaps on here will be keen to offer alternatives.
 

The Recon

Standard Member
Thanks for the replies guys , I was just more in an in-decision about the room size and the furniture within it , is it worth it? The last part of what I wrote. I appreciate the helpful comments though. I am interested in the heaphones idea as i saves money and room space etc. Just am i going to be dissapointed? Cheers :)
 

McCraque

Novice Member
I think if you go for a smaller system you will still be adding a lot to the whole home cinema experience - for gaming, films and music. Depends on whether you want to justify the money on the outlay, or are content with headphones.

I suspect in this instance, ignorance would be bliss if you didn't do it. But I know full well that once I installed my home theatre system, I now wonder how the hell I ever lived without one!
 

The Recon

Standard Member
I think if you go for a smaller system you will still be adding a lot to the whole home cinema experience - for gaming, films and music. Depends on whether you want to justify the money on the outlay, or are content with headphones.

I suspect in this instance, ignorance would be bliss if you didn't do it. But I know full well that once I installed my home theatre system, I now wonder how the hell I ever lived without one!
Thanks for the quick reply!

I will consider over the next couple of days what that Positives/Negatives are of each and then come to a conclusion. It's just im very tight with my money whether it going out to buy a 360 game or buying a tv I research and research , read reviews ask for opinions and never really bite the bullet which I suppose has it's advantages and dis-advantages. I am just worried that im going overkill on a system that is beyond my limitations and needs
(room size , furniture etc.)and £600 is alot to be using as an experiment considering all i do for money is ref football matches over the weekend.

This is a general question as I dont expect you to answer everything McCraque but what are these 5.1 headphones like has anyone had any experience with them? and what are the top ones around if i was to inquire further to compare my options?

Thanks in advance.:)
 

Sonic67

Banned
Questions on headphones might be better as a seperate post in the headphone threads.

Headphones & Headphone Amps - AVForums.com

I used to have a prologic set up in my bedroom when I was living with parents. Volume isn't a problem as that's seperate to how many speakers you have. Eventually you will move out so you can always take it with you.
 

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