Question Speaker Advice for tiny room

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    hi guys,

    I have a room about 2.5m x 2m and not sure what to do about sound.
    I've ordered a sony ht-xt1 because i use a projector for audio and that has 3 HDMI inputs so I can use it as hub.
    But lately something has been nudging me towards 5.1 territory.
    The only place the sub could go would be right up against the wall, next to my beer fridge so im worried itll be very boomy and cause the fridge to rattle.
    What do guys think?
     
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    It depends on your budget. There are plenty of "all in one" 5.1 type systems from the likes of Sony, LG etc etc as they make them as add on sales for their TVs, but quality is usually marginally better the pan the TV itself. With a decent budget, you can have great sound even in small rooms.

    Something like an SVS Prime satellite package for £850 or a KEF E305 package for £900 is a good starting point. You don't need large speakers as you'll not need huge amounts of output to fill a room that size. The SVS package comes with one of the best subs under £1k (barring their other subs under £1k!). The KEF package is especially good with music as the sub and sats blend so well, and due to the UniQ drivers (treble units placed in the centre of the mid/bass drivers) it doesn't matter how close you are to them.

    You could also look at Monitor Audio's Radius 90 speakers if you're feeling a little flush.

    Add in a decent £500 AV receiver and you'll be surprised how good a system like this will sound.

    The fridge may well rattle whatever sub you get, but with a little bit of cheap DIY you'll be able to reduce those effects.
     
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    Thats waaaaaay out of my price range :p
    I got the XT1 for 220 so looking something around there.
    Am i better of sticking with it or returning it and getting a low end surround setup.
     
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    You could initially start off with a couple of speakers as a stereo system and build it up from there. To keep costs down, there are receivers around from around £300, although you may get an end of line one from around £200. This would make a starter system for about £400. There are small bookshelf speakers around from around £100/pair which would bring the initial cost down to around £300, but they will be a little bigger than my previous suggestions.
     
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    What im most afraid of is the sub, it will be right up against the wall and surrounded by a fridge and a table. Would that not cause it to boom?
    Last room i had like this even with the sub turned all the way down, everytime i heard an explosion it was accompanied by this loud unbearable hum
     
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    It will partly depend on the quality of the sub. A good quality sub won't boom - but what you will then hear is the effect of the room on the sub's output. Although virtually every AV receiver will have room EQ, very few will actually EQ low down sub frequencies, but you can add an Antimode EQ box (not much bigger than a fag packet) for a couple of hundred quid, which will then EQ the sub down to 16Hz, which will solve any boom issues.
     
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    but it all ads up in the end.
    Would just a low end run of the mill 5.1 beat the sony ht-xt1 soundbase considering the small room size?
    I dont use it enough to add all the bells and whistles, I have a 1000 pound system in the living room :p
    This will be used for gaming and movies at night.
     
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    Short of some powered 5.1 package by the likes of budget computer speaker manufacturers, I don't think you'll get anything much better at around £200.
     
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    I could stretch to 300 but ye thats my question, is it worth it?
    or should I stick wiht what I have?
     
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    If I was buying a Soundbase under £200, it'd be the Tannoy Basestation - probably the best bass I've heard from any soundbase, very meaty - I doubt you'd think about needing a sub! I can't say how it compares to the Sony, but Tannoy make speakers for a living...
     
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    I reason i went for xt1 was its hdmi inputs. Projector has no optical out
     

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