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# 99370 18-Mar-2012 08:40
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Having just bought my TV with the help of the forums (thanks), I'm now onto the next steps which are Video sources, games and sound.

I have MySky hdi for the everyday stuff, freeview built in too.

And I still have an XBOX1/XBMC for my media. It feels a little dated now (still amazing though) so I want to upgrade the console (for the kids - yeah right) and try to cover a couple of things. So..Playstation 3 is the front runner to cover Games, Blu ray, 3D, Media, No-Controller move. Want to check what you think?

I would like to keep it minimal (device wise) if possible but open to variances on this if sound output or other factors are viable. The kids want to do the 'no-controller' thing like Wii, Move or Kinect.

We have a massive Lounge: 26sq m - I'd like an entry/mid level system that works well in larger spaces. any suggestions?

So to conclude: Appreciate your advice on a simple all round set up to give me Games, 3D, Blu Ray and good sound in a large space.

thanksing you.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 596688 18-Mar-2012 09:40
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WAF issues?
room layout, any open spaces / obstacles to deal with, places where surround speakers couldnt be put, can you place them in an ideal 5.1/7.1 config
if you have xbox/xbmc, I assume you have lan connections
budget (repeated but its really important)

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  # 596710 18-Mar-2012 11:32
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open plan room, no obstacles.
budget is entry/mid level (what ever that means) but I really have no idea.

< $1500 prob



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Ultimate Geek

  # 596830 18-Mar-2012 17:35
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I'd definitely recommend the PS3 for the media side of things as it ticks all the boxes. As for the sound I'll let an audiophile answer that one for you.

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Uber Geek

  # 596955 19-Mar-2012 02:25
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Sound wise, make sure you go for a component system with a decent amplifier - if you're looking to spend $1500 all up you may want to up your funds to get a decent system that will fill such a big room with sound. For movies and gaming, a 7.2 system will give you a seamless soundstage with even bass response.
Ideally, look for towering floor standers up front...
But, honestly, two decent floor standers will swamp your budget - so, maybe not?

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Master Geek

  # 597101 19-Mar-2012 13:12
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I agree with Dunnersfella.   You are not going to get good sound quality in a large room with a budget of $1500 or under.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 597348 19-Mar-2012 20:02
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Yeah TBH for that price I was gonna suggest a home theatre in the box but didn't want to get boo'd at by the audiophiles for saying such a bad word. ;)

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  # 597351 19-Mar-2012 20:05
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ok cheers. Cant have it too loud anyway as the kids are sleeping. :0)

any recos on a boxed set? 


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Ultimate Geek

  # 597360 19-Mar-2012 20:25
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Try this.

Psst don't let the audiophiles know I showed you this. ;)
They'll probably have better suggestions anyway, but for such a big room this is what I'd get if I was on a budget. Plus if you compare it to what other stores are selling it for it looks like a bargain.

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Master Geek

  # 597417 19-Mar-2012 21:55
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I'd say, get a decent amp and build up from there. If all you can afford atm is an amp and 2 floor standers then start there. I'd much rather have decent 2 channel sound than craptacular 7.1.

As for the linked Sony system. Dear god those are some ugly speakers.

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Uber Geek

  # 597421 19-Mar-2012 22:03
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As for the linked Sony system. Dear god those are some ugly speakers.

Wait until you listen to them - then they'll be even uglier!
I agree with the assertion to purchase a 7.1 receiver + 2 x floor standing speakers, then build the system up from there.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 597746 20-Mar-2012 15:16
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and get the kids trained from young not to be woken by big explosions.

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