nacthenud Posted November 15, 2018 Share Posted November 15, 2018 While I follow TV tech pretty closely, I have always neglected the sound part of my setup and not really put much time and care into my home theatre audio setup. Not having much experience in this area, I'm hoping those in the know can tell me if there are any fatal flaws in my plans here. Thanks in advance. Years ago, I purchased a cheap clearance HTIB (Sony STR-K790) and have continued using that to this day - connected via optical. It doesn't even have a single HDMI port on it - in or out. Now as I'm enjoying 4K UHD Blu-ray movies on my Panasonic DMP-UB900 and LG 65B7 OLED, I'm wishing I could enjoy the Dolby Atmos and DTS-X immersive sound experience. I don't have a huge budget to play with. The wife has given her blessing on $1,200 (Canadian, not US) for Christmas this year. I've started looking at various soundbar solutions, but I do not have an ideal space for bouncing sounds off walls and ceiling. The rec room where everything is situated has lots of other stuff in it. Coat racks, piano, uneven ceiling a curved wet bar, etc. My thought then, is that a proper 5.2.4 system will be far more effective in this sort of environment. Getting such a system within my budget seems to be not very feasible, so my new plan is to play the long game and build the system up in steps. Firstly, I feel like the place to start is with a new receiver with the ability to drive all of those speakers, decode the Atmos and DTS-X signals and connect to my gear via HDMI, including ARC. My plan is to get the receiver and connect it to my existing speakers and then for future birthdays and Christmases I can add on additional speakers for the height channels and then eventually upgrade the original speakers. To that end, I've found a Black Friday deal on an Onkyo TX-NR787 receiver, which usually retails in Canada for $1,000 - $1,200 on sale for $700. This receiver seems to be generally well-reviewed for it's price range and has everything I will need to eventually have a serviceable 5.2.4 setup. The only snag I can see with it is that I don't believe it will work with the subwoofer that I already have with the STR-K790, since it is passively powered, using the same speaker wire connection as the other speakers and it looks to me like the Onkyo TX-NR787 will require me to have a powered sub. So my thought on the sub is to get a POLK HTS 12, which also seems to be well-reviewed for its price range and is also on a Black Friday sale for $450 (down from the normal $650 CDN). I'm thinking this should keep me under the $1,200 budget and give me a working 5.1 setup with the ability to expand into Dolby Atmos and DTS-X in the next couple of years. Am I missing anything crucial? Is this going to work? Am I going about it all wrong? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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