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Topic Title: wireless surround sound system
Topic Summary: can anybody offer advice?
Created On: 11/27/2017 09:50 AM
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 11/27/2017 09:50 AM
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worksuxgetsponsered

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I want to get a new surround sound system for my house. I'd like to get the wireless speakers hopefully with indoor/outdoor options. I checked on line and it was a bit overwhelming because I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking at. Lot's of soundbars,
I guess that's the new thing. <$1,000 if possible.

Are they easy enough to install that a non-techie person can do it?

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 11/27/2017 12:27 PM
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Sonos speakers are really really good and versatile. You can use them many ways, not just for surround sound. However, their surround sound set up is quite pricey and they are not 100% wireless, you need to run power to them. I run a sound bar, not sonos, and I swear it's just as good as having surround sound speakers. Can hear all kinds of movie sounds all over the room.
 11/27/2017 01:03 PM
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Thanks. Sonos is one of the name brands I've been looking at. May be a dumb question, but do they need constant power or do they have rechargeable batteries like a portable blue tooth speaker?

Some of the soundbars have great reviews and look a whole lot cheaper than an entire ss system.

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 11/27/2017 01:21 PM
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Sonos is always wired to power. I'd recommend getting a soundbar if you do not want wires everywhere. The one I have is now discontinued and the company no longer makes soundbars. I never had a problem with it though and it sounds amazing. Vizio makes some soundbars for a decent price that are well reviewed.
 11/28/2017 05:52 AM
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I decided to go with the Sonos system with sound bar, woofer and play 3 surround speakers. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I got a good enough deal to make it worth it.

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 11/28/2017 06:53 AM
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Originally posted by: worksuxgetsponsered I decided to go with the Sonos system with sound bar, woofer and play 3 surround speakers. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I got a good enough deal to make it worth it. thanks
Woah! Nice. You'll be happy with those speakers. What's great is you can move them around the house for parties and such. I your wifi range is good can use quite a distance outside and they all sync perfectly no delays. They are now also compatible with alexa, xmas they'll have spotify through alexa>sonos. Right now you can only do spotify directly through sonos. Grats! Please report your experience. Makes me want to this is well.
 11/29/2017 04:59 AM
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Not completely sold on wireless Speakers. Batteries (changing all time) power(treble, bass) expense . Wired whole house And went with high end yamaha system. Keep us informed on product approval And over all applications of your speakers. No to sound bar get real full system.

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 11/29/2017 05:29 AM
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ot completely sold on wireless Speakers. Batteries (changing all time) power(treble, bass) expense . Wired whole house And went with high end yamaha system. Keep us informed on product approval And over all applications of your speakers. No to sound bar get real full system.


I was originally concerned about sound quality loss with the wireless, but I gave it a try in the store and while its a limited test, they really did rock, plus all of the reviews were great on line and people I've talked to about them. We have hardwood floors and wiring the house would involve me having to crawl around the hot ass attic or pay someone to do it for me.

The soundbar is basically the receiver for the other components; woofer and surround speakers. Starting off with 2 Play 3's and they have great mid to high range.

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 11/29/2017 12:05 PM
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Originally posted by: worksuxgetsponsered
ot completely sold on wireless Speakers. Batteries (changing all time) power(treble, bass) expense . Wired whole house And went with high end yamaha system. Keep us informed on product approval And over all applications of your speakers. No to sound bar get real full system.
I was originally concerned about sound quality loss with the wireless, but I gave it a try in the store and while its a limited test, they really did rock, plus all of the reviews were great on line and people I've talked to about them. We have hardwood floors and wiring the house would involve me having to crawl around the hot ass attic or pay someone to do it for me. The soundbar is basically the receiver for the other components; woofer and surround speakers. Starting off with 2 Play 3's and they have great mid to high range.
Sonos is some good stuff plus their firmware upgrades equal new fun every patch. You'll have fun with that set up. They're the future...
 12/01/2017 01:06 AM
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Nothing beats a set of monster cables Ran to set of large speakers. it Works for large concert venues. Wiring no problem- if u can't run it in the attic Run it behind your base boards or take out small Pieces of drywall. Good luck!

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 12/01/2017 06:13 AM
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Not really under $1000...

 12/01/2017 12:37 PM
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Nice...

The budget was the only thing I failed on.

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 12/11/2017 05:42 AM
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Got everything set up and I couldn't be happier with how it sounds. The wood floors really help too I think. I'll probably end up getting a couple more speakers for the master bedroom and the porch, just for when I play music. I can bluetooth pretty much any of my music straight to the system; spotify, Iheartradio, amazon music and even the music on my phone.

Tuning the speakers to the room was pretty cool. It used the speaker on my phone to listen as it calibrated itself. I've heard B&O and newer Harmon Kardon have similar functions, but I've never actually seen it done before. My HK system was ancient.

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