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Bazinga's picture
Last seen: 5 years 10 months ago
Joined: Oct 29 2011 - 6:36pm
What should I do? Keep 7.1 Surround Sound or get Sound Bar?

Okay I recently bought a Onkyo 7.1 surround sound system. My family does not really watch many movies. Barely once a week. So I was wondering if we should return it and get a cheaper one or get a sound bar or maybe keep this one? This is the layout of my room. It is poorly drawn but you will get the point. What would be best for this kind of room?

jackfish's picture
Last seen: 3 years 11 months ago
Joined: Dec 19 2005 - 2:42pm
Not a big room but still able to benefit from

multichannel. I'd drop to a 5.1 configuration and leave it at that. What model Onkyo HTIB do you have?

dbowker's picture
Last seen: 3 years 2 months ago
Joined: May 8 2007 - 6:37am
Put it like this:

If you don't listen to your stereo every day, should you switch to a boom box? Why not get an Ipod and use some mini speakers? Because it would sound thin, small and have garbage resolution, obviously.

Contrary to what companies have been claiming for years, Bose being the worst offender, the laws of physics have not in fact been altered to fit in with home decor better.You can't get large sound from something small, any more than a four-cylinder car is going to be on par with an eight-cylinder one for speed or performance. It just doesn't work.

If people want to get a sound bar, or tiny cubes, that's fine, but they are fooling themselves if they think it sounds anything like full-sized speakers, or even smallish bookshelf speakers. Most of the sound is in the midrange, not the very highs, so you are asking the sub to do 75% of the music for you- it just doesn't work.

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