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  • elstoof 23 Jul 2018 19:12:04 21,351 posts
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    Bin Ladenís Atmos was regarded as the best installed sound system in all the holy lands
  • Fake_Blood 23 Jul 2018 19:15:43 8,972 posts
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    "That helicopter sounds super real!"
  • elstoof 23 Jul 2018 19:19:37 21,351 posts
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    :D
  • fontgeeksogood 23 Jul 2018 19:24:10 2,838 posts
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    We all know Bin Laden would've never put up with artex walls
  • quadfather 23 Jul 2018 22:34:57 33,042 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    "I"m not going to center these speakers in-line with these lights, because the cable would have to go around them and that'll look weird" -quad 2 days ago, probably
    THEY CANT CENTRE WITH THE LIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE SOFA POSITION

    Um, slightly losing it
  • Blackmarsh63 24 Jul 2018 09:44:43 1,821 posts
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    @quadfather Maybe some fairy lights will help :lol: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1125HsJbqr3JE4WU8

    Edited by Blackmarsh63 at 09:45:10 24-07-2018
  • Fake_Blood 24 Jul 2018 10:28:22 8,972 posts
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    Do those top speakers play audio from the 360 though?
  • ozthegweat 24 Jul 2018 11:35:56 2,059 posts
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    @Fake_Blood Atmos-capable receivers have algorithms by Dolby and DTS that upmixes audio so top speakers will get used as well. Will not sound as good as dedicated Atmos audio, which a game has to support as well (in addition to the soundcard/console), but for immersion it's still better than nothing.

    Best surround is when you don't notice it's there, but you'll notice if it's not there. That effect with upmixed sound is not as strong with top spekaers as it is with back left/right speakers, but it's still there.
  • Fake_Blood 24 Jul 2018 12:15:13 8,972 posts
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    /whoosh
  • quadfather 24 Jul 2018 12:37:34 33,042 posts
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    Blackmarsh63 wrote:
    @quadfather Maybe some fairy lights will help :lol: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1125HsJbqr3JE4WU8
    Haha fuck off!
  • quadfather 24 Jul 2018 23:17:53 33,042 posts
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    Ghostbusters in Atmos \o/
  • fontgeeksogood 25 Jul 2018 03:53:30 2,838 posts
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    I do love that the first thing you've seemingly done to your Hobbit hole is put some ceiling speakers almost in the middle of the one room without spiky walls.

    Never change, EG x
  • quadfather 25 Jul 2018 09:20:46 33,042 posts
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    What do you mean, almost?
  • lordofthedunce 6 Aug 2018 15:19:33 489 posts
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    Advice needed!
    I'm looking at buying a soundbar for my TV (Sony ex9305). I know little about the current offerings.
    The onboard sound is ok but I'd like something a bit better. Not too fussed about womping bass and big explosions when watching films but a bit more clarity and depth would be good. So (I think) don't really need a sub :) Something that sounds good a lower volumes.
    I'd like to control the soundbar with the TV remote and it to turn on/off via that. If like to be able to stream Spotify etc direct without the TV on. No blu-ray player, console, set-top box.
    The Sonos Beam looks interesting but should I stick to a Sony device for compatibility?
    Budget is roughly 300-400. I've read a bit online but I think I'm getting too old to comprehend it all frankly!
  • Mortey 6 Aug 2018 15:37:10 35 posts
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    @lordofthedunce Great TV, I have one linked to one of the little Marantz systems AVR's.

    It works well, although the V+ and XBox were designed by idiots who decided that CEC was not needed and so if you switch these on then it does not automatically change the channels.

    Edit:
    Just realised how unhelpful this is! But will add, although the sound from the XE9305 is okay, a proper system is so much better.

    Edited by Mortey at 15:39:17 06-08-2018
  • lordofthedunce 6 Aug 2018 15:42:51 489 posts
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    @Mortey
    The TV i did research lots, am very pleased with it. Although streaming stuff from Netflix in super hd/dolby vision i do notice the sky in films /shows looks grainy sometimes. Does yours get that?
  • Apollo 6 Aug 2018 15:56:07 542 posts
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    I recently purchased a Yamaha YAS - 107 sound bar for my LG. Does a nice job for the money and you can add a sub if you feel onboard bass isn't enough. Also has DTX Virtual which is nice. My telly has built in Atmos and Dolby vision, so it's cool to switch between the two.AV forums gave it a nine out of ten. https://www.avforums.com/review/yamaha-yas-107-soundbar-review.14368

    Edited by Apollo at 16:02:47 06-08-2018

    Edited by Apollo at 16:03:30 06-08-2018
  • CosmicFuzz 6 Aug 2018 16:18:53 32,360 posts
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    I just recently (like last week) bought the Sonos Beam and two Play:1s for surround. It's awesome.

    The Beam is replacing a dedicated centre and two bookshelf fronts. Tbh, our living room is pretty small, and the sound quality hasn't dropped. It's pretty awesome for something so small (and we now have more space, Spotify/Alexa support, I can play vinyls from dining room over it, etc).

    So yeah, the Beam is awesome. If you can pair it with two Play:1s for surround, do that too! :)
  • Mortey 6 Aug 2018 19:01:16 35 posts
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    @lordofthedunce Yeah I have noticed it on Netflix, my brother gets it on his OLED too so I think it is a Netflix thing.
  • nickthegun 6 Aug 2018 19:49:59 75,304 posts
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    I've got a Sonos Beam and a 4k Sony TV. I think it's about as compatible as youre going to get.

    I've got it running with two play 1 surrounds, too, but it sounds great without.

    I posted more detailed impressions in the Sonos thread, if you can be arsed.
  • lordofthedunce 6 Aug 2018 21:40:33 489 posts
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    Cheers for the opinions. I'll check that out, Nick.
  • rocketsndinos 8 Aug 2018 08:32:44 24 posts
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    Does anyone have advice on what models to look for in terms of second hand projectors?
  • mrpon 8 Aug 2018 09:33:28 34,724 posts
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    The same models you would look for full price but second hand? I bought this and use it daily, love it.

    https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/benq-w1070-1
  • Dougs 8 Aug 2018 12:47:19 86,861 posts
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    And don't, whatever you do, go near AVForums. You'll never buy anything. Unless it's from the classifieds.
  • rocketsndinos 10 Aug 2018 02:27:13 24 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    The same models you would look for full price but second hand? I bought this and use it daily, love it.
    Dougs wrote:
    And don't, whatever you do, go near AVForums. You'll never buy anything. Unless it's from the classifieds.
    That was some logical and productive advice, already found some models, and might not even go second hand!
  • lordofthedunce 17 Aug 2018 19:06:05 489 posts
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    Apollo wrote:
    I recently purchased a Yamaha YAS - 107 sound bar for my LG. Does a nice job for the money and you can add a sub if you feel onboard bass isn't enough. Also has DTX Virtual which is nice. My telly has built in Atmos and Dolby vision, so it's cool to switch between the two.AV forums gave it a nine out of ten. https://www.avforums.com/review/yamaha-yas-107-soundbar-review.14368

    Edited by Apollo at 16:02:47 06-08-2018
    So I went for the Yamaha after a good look around. I listened to a few soundbars in stores but it's pretty hard to get an idea if how it would work at home. I almost went for a Samsung hw ms660 but decided against that in the end, it was just a bit too much. The Sonos Beam would have been lush but most of its features and connectivity would have been wasted on my usage and setup.
    Anyway, the Virtual X is the setting which I'll be using most on the Yamaha. The soundbar gives nice depth and is so much better than the tv's own speakers. Setup was easy, connected via HDMI Arc and controlled with my tv's remote. No streaming but I figured my Xe9305 does that anyway so not much need for that feature.
    I can easily add a subwoofer in future but the built-in bass is surprisingly decent. I also live in a flat so don't want to piss off the neighbours.
    Pretty happy with the purchase at this point, anyway. And I've already decided that when I have a house I'm going to do a proper job with the sound and vision setup.
  • Dougs 12 Oct 2018 14:50:56 86,861 posts
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    I'm on the lookout for a new centre speaker. I have narrowed it down to either:

    https://www.superfi.co.uk/p-20629-monitor-audio-monitor-c150-centre-speaker.aspx

    or

    https://www.richersounds.com/q-acoustics-q3090c-matte-graphite.html

    Any thoughts? Don't really want to spend more as also looking to upgrade my bookshelves. I think I'll need to wall mount on a stand above the telly too at some point....
  • Dougs 12 Oct 2018 15:54:12 86,861 posts
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    I'm just using the set that came with my receiver (some small Denon of some sort) but want to upgrade gradually. Both have fronts that match so can pair them next time.
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