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Old 12-08-2013, 09:54   #1
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suggestions for home cinema system with wireless rear speakers

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as the title says, i would appreciate any suggestions for a decent new home cinema system, it is for a spare room so not looking for top end just a nice simple compact system with wireless rear speakers / blu ray / and multi region capability

any suggestions ?

I have found a few listed from the likes of LG and panasonic on Amazon but cant get any info if they are multi region capable or not

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Old 12-08-2013, 09:54   #2
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sorry should have said looking around the sub Ł500 range
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:06   #3
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Did you know that wireless speakers are usually mains powered, so not very wireless at all?
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Old 12-08-2013, 19:11   #4
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Did you know that wireless speakers are usually mains powered, so not very wireless at all?

I understand, thats not a problem as they will sit behind a sofa and there is a mains plug - its just that there is a hardwood floor and no way I am allowed to trail wires around the room also too many doorways to bother tracking the wires - happy to have it wireless from front to back
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Old 12-08-2013, 19:33   #5
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I think wireless speakers always end up having issues, from what I've read - you still have to have a line of sigh between them and whatever sends them the signal - I toyed around with it when installing a bass rumbler thing but it ended up being too much faff so ended up just using wires and a conduit thing.

I wouldn't bother, and use the extra cash to get a better pair of front speakers, a good, solid centre speaker and a sub. A good set of stereo speakers will have better sound placement than 5 cheap speakers.

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Old 12-08-2013, 20:21   #6
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thanks but still want to have the rear speakers and unfortunately the compromise has to be rear wireless.
I agree with you it is going to be a real compromise as i have previously had a very high end set up (will have to sell my kEF Reference One floor standers...) but the other half and room layout will not allow fixed wiring
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I'm with krw
So many compromises with wireless rears that you are much better off putting the money into a quality amp with decent dsp modes and quality front soundstage and enabling virtual surround

Something like a yamaha with its front prescence speakers would give you a very full front sound stage and its virtual surround modes from the demos and playing about I have done are much more impressive than wireless speakers.
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I ran "flat" cable up the wall corner and along the wall/ceiling edges to wire up my rear speakers. Fairly sure it was this stuff:

Self Adhesive Speaker Cable

We were wallpapering at the time, so were able to put it underneath.
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I ran "flat" cable up the wall corner and along the wall/ceiling edges to wire up my rear speakers. Fairly sure it was this stuff:

Self Adhesive Speaker Cable

We were wallpapering at the time, so were able to put it underneath.
Have seen the same and seriously considering it next time we decorate
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Old 14-08-2013, 12:55   #10
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I used this in the past, or something similar, from a DIY store

http://www.d-line.co.uk/

Just looks like coving, skirting etc.

I'd also agree that wireless speaker from my experience are poor.

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Old 14-08-2013, 19:29   #11
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thanks for the suggestions guys but without wireless rear speakers i am stuck with front 3.0 sound which i couldn't live with
i really cant redecorate and there are several doorways that make tracking the wires impossible, there are feature skirting boards and really solid walls and hardwood flooring

I have actually considered a Sonos soundbar and placing a couple of sonos 3 speakers.....for surround, but I know this is a compromise, i also hate the idea of a soundbar even a good one, having had good seperation with a proper setup in the past, but it may be a compromise worth making
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I had a 3.1 system for many a year and it's fine. Adding the centre speaker means you get the full front directional sound, which isn't nearly as much of a compromise as something like a 2.1 system. You don't miss out on anything and a good pair of stereo speakers, like I said, will place sounds at different parts of the room. I've heard well mixed 2.0 soundtracks that sound more directional than 5.1 soundtracks.

Also, don't forget, wireless speakers aren't truly wireless anyway. They'll need plugging into a receiver and this will need to get the signal from the amp somehow, so more wires amp end, and unless things have changed since I last looked, the signal needs a clear pathway to work properly so more wires/headaches. Far more rewarding to compromise and forget about it and enjoy the system for what it is.

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I can’t comment on this model, but I have used a Sony Wireless Home Cinema DVD system in the past, because of the same reason with laminate flooring and it worked flawlessly.

I'm linking to a Blu Ray version, which I think you can make multi region for DVD, but not sure that’s the case for blu ray, which might be doubtful.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Blu-ray.../dp/B007NXA9KS

I'm not advocating the model, more that wireless can work (with Sony at least).
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Thanks again.....i am going to check out these systems. If not happy with the all in one systems i have an idea to go for a 5.1 Sonos set up.
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i did buy the sonos system
just set up the soundbar and waiting for delivery of the play 1' s to be delivered next week

disappointed that the new pANASONIC TV does not passthru DD 5.1 to the play bar
via the optical cable - I have ordered an optical switcher to run a dedicated optical cable from the blu ray player, hope this solves the problem

whats with the lack of DTS support on sonos ?
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I hope it's got a good remote / selection of controls on it. You wouldn't want to be sat there wondering "where's the balance?"...
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I hope it's got a good remote / selection of controls on it. You wouldn't want to be sat there wondering "where's the balance?"...



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FWIW the sound bar does a good job of DD5.1 audio on its own. But also going to add a couple of play:1s to the setup.
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FWIW the sound bar does a good job of DD5.1 audio on its own. But also going to add a couple of play:1s to the setup.
Pleased with the sonos playbar and play 1s in 5.1 setup, but they need to be fed a pure DD 5.1 source. I use an optical splitter to feed the Sky box and bluray into the soundbar
Unfortunately all the bluray Dts only discs get downmixed to 2.0 but the pseudo surround is quite impressive

The play 1s are superb, surprising bass from them and the whole system without the subwoofer.
Added a play 5 to the network in the kitchen and the system software just works perfectly
The sonos is a compromise, but even with no dts support i am happy so far
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