I'm not entirely opposed to this idea, I just wonder how difficult this will be for me to wire in an apartment I am renting.
How much would I gain from something like this versus a $100 sound bar on sale?
The process of wiring it isn't difficult. If you want to HIDE your wires, that might be a different story. The front speakers (either the Sony ones the OP listed or from the Energy five speaker set a few posts up) should be somewhat easy to hide if you have them somewhat close to your receiver. Just put one speaker near the receiver as, say, the "right channel" and run the left speaker's wire behind your TV stand/entertainment center. Same for the center channel. The rear channels you could run under a rug that you would put in front of your entertainment center, then run them under your couch and branch them off behind your couch and to the rear speakers that you'd have on speaker stands (or on some kind of sofa table or the like). You could also wall mount them, but the wire would be visible unless you had your couch against said wall and had the speakers mounted where the top of the couch was.
Even with the Take 5 set listed above ($213 + S&H = ~$230), you'd still need to get a receiver. Unless you manage to get a great used/open box deal/stack coupons/etc., you're not going to be able to get a five channel receiver for less than $150...so you're looking closer to $400 total. Then you will need speaker wire (~$10), an HDMI cable or two or three or four (depending on the number of components you have) and potentially speaker stands (~$30 for a used set, $60 or more for new).
All this being said, I've done the soundbar thing before. Got "bored" with it after awhile.
TV speakers < Soundbar < basic 5 speaker setup w/receiver < good 5.1 setup (5.1 = 5 speakers + sub). I won't even get started on 7.1/7.2/9.1/9.2.
Speakers on my TV suck, been looking at sound bars, but I wouldn't mind these.
Question is, how do I hook them up economically?
Isn't it great that all these new thin bezel (framed) tv's that "save you so much in energy costs" sound so bad with the little tiny speakers in them that you are now forced to hook up a soundbar or external sound system instead of just being able to have the tv on only?
It's really saving energy, isn't it......
Anyone want to chime in on what these would be like for listening to music in stereo?
Music? You mean that people actually listen to things other than noises and explosions through their speakers nowadays?
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