Recommendations for 2(6?) speakers for TV

thelawnet

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Have the following setup:

Virgin TV box (likely to upgrade to V+), optical audio out, plus two phono audio out
Xbox with XBMC (upscaling DVD player), component cable with optical break-out.
Samsung 32" LCD, LE32R41BDX, two phono audio out

Most usage will be TV, and Virgin don't broadcast 5.1, occasional DVD watching via Xbox.

Fairly small room, probably 10 ft x 15 ft, and potential to site speakers at both ends of the longer side (opposite the listener). TV is in a large cabinet, but only about six inches either side free, so I can't imagine anything fitting sensibly inside.

I already have a Creative DDTS-100:

http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=136&product=9468

which has optical inputs, 5.1 decoding, etc.

Not sure if it is any good though, I have no reference point.

I had some Philips Seismic Power A5.600 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-A5-600-Seismic-Speaker-System/dp/B000093TCT), but they were frankly pretty naff, and I binned them when we moved.

I'd like to get a new setup.

I'm not sure how to proceed though.

I don't know if it's actually worth getting 5.1, because my TV input is only in stereo, so I was thinking perhaps just two speakers would do. It will be relatively easy to site them against the far wall, somewhat away my two children's grubby fingers whereas adding the rear speakers would be much more difficult -wife's not keen on wires, and I wouldn't want them on the floor next to the door to the room.

Oh, and should I stick with the Creative decoder?

Any suggestion what I should do?
 

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