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Home cinema question

davzzp

Standard Member
Bit of a random question but im looking to get a setup but as I have hardwood floors traditional home cinema is out of the question, and wireless is quite expensive & not very well reviewed, so im thinking of either some type of soundbar/sub or amp and speakers as i have room for some floor standing speakers either side of the tv, budget wise the cheaper the better, just wondered if anyone had a similar setup or could recommend one?
Thanks in advance
 

Ghostrider

Active Member
Why do the wood floors preclude a traditional home cinema setup?

There are plenty of options out there for discretely running cables around skirtings etc. or more extreme channel in some wires, replaster and decorate - the latter is not as big a job as it may seem especially if you coincide it with a planned redecoration.
 

davzzp

Standard Member
Why do the wood floors preclude a traditional home cinema setup?

There are plenty of options out there for discretely running cables around skirtings etc. or more extreme channel in some wires, replaster and decorate - the latter is not as big a job as it may seem especially if you coincide it with a planned redecoration.

Cheers but because of the layout of the room, where the tv/sofa is running wires isnt an option, if i had carpets no probs, but the wires would have to run infront of the fireplace which is stone built with a cast iron stove, no skirting board to run the wires along & as im not looking to spend a lot of money the channeling of wires ect would be too expensive, and lastly i would be looking to move in a couple of years so just need a stop gap solution until then. after that i would be looking at a more expensive set up
 

Ghostrider

Active Member
Given the constraints, foregoing the rear speakers and just using a decent pair of floor standers plus a centre speaker (and Sub if you're feeling flush) would probably be the best way forward - when you move you can just add the two surrounds and make the best use of your existing kit whereas a soundbar is likely to be a redundant putchase after you move.
 

davzzp

Standard Member
Given the constraints, foregoing the rear speakers and just using a decent pair of floor standers plus a centre speaker (and Sub if you're feeling flush) would probably be the best way forward - when you move you can just add the two surrounds and make the best use of your existing kit whereas a soundbar is likely to be a redundant putchase after you move.

cheers bud appreciate your help!!
 

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
AVForums Sponsor
Hardwood Floor - will produce a fairly 'bright' sounding room unless you have some soft furnishings. A rug in front of the main speakers is a good option to help reduce some of the reflected sound the floor will throw up.

Trunking – some good options to consider from the likes of D-line - http://www.d-line.co.uk/trunking-in-the-home

Constraints – if trunking in cables for a 5.1 system is not an option I would go a step further than Ghostrider and stick with a 2.0 or 2.1 system.

Soundbar – can be a big improvement over TV speakers though in truth they don’t produce much of a ‘surround’ experience and Id stick with a pair of decent floor mount speakers if I had the choice.

Joe
 

davzzp

Standard Member
Hardwood Floor - will produce a fairly 'bright' sounding room unless you have some soft furnishings. A rug in front of the main speakers is a good option to help reduce some of the reflected sound the floor will throw up.

Trunking – some good options to consider from the likes of D-line - http://www.d-line.co.uk/trunking-in-the-home

Constraints – if trunking in cables for a 5.1 system is not an option I would go a step further than Ghostrider and stick with a 2.0 or 2.1 system.

Soundbar – can be a big improvement over TV speakers though in truth they don’t produce much of a ‘surround’ experience and Id stick with a pair of decent floor mount speakers if I had the choice.

Joe

Many thanks for your help, been having a look around and may go for something like this Onkyo HT-X22HDX 3D Ready Ultra Compact 2.1 Home Cinema System: Amazon.co.uk: TV
seems an ok price & fairly well reviewed, will do my usual searching to the nth degree and probably end up back where i started.
 

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
AVForums Sponsor
Have installed a few of those for customers and friends as a (big) step up from TV speakers – does a good job and for the money you’d be hard pushed to find a better option.

Joe
 

davzzp

Standard Member
Have installed a few of those for customers and friends as a (big) step up from TV speakers – does a good job and for the money you’d be hard pushed to find a better option.

Joe

many thanks for your help Joe its very much appreciated
 

Ghostrider

Active Member
Have installed a few of those for customers and friends as a (big) step up from TV speakers – does a good job and for the money you’d be hard pushed to find a better option.

Joe

Joe, are some people that technologically inept that they really tave to pay to have something like that installed - damn, I think even my wife could figure that one out and I know my 8yr old nephew could.
 

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
AVForums Sponsor
A whole raft of reasons why someone would prefer to have a system installed - they may simply not have the time to do it, they may prefer that someone who knows what he/she is doing sort it, they may hate technology or like the last system they may want a TV on a swing out bracket, the 'Sub' put in a previously closed off hearth with cables bored through the old chimney to an adjacent room to a central AV cabinet!

Joe
 

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