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Simple 5.1 receiver for use with Sony GTV

Discussion in 'Google TV General Discussion' started by TomArt14, Jan 6, 2013.

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    TomArt14 New Member

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    I've been using the Sony NSZ-GS7 with a pair of stereo computer speakers - watching Netflix and pulling movies from a hard drive.

    Recently we watched a movie that only had 5.1 sound and we could barely hear what was being said.

    My GTV is connected to the speakers via a cheap little digital-audio converter, so that could be part of the problem right there, but perhaps it is time for me to get a proper 5.1 system.

    But all the Home Theatre systems are big, complicated things - I don't need any of that.

    All I need is 1 HDMI or optical input, an AMP, and an IR input so I can control the volume from the Sony remote. Any suggestions?

    Also, are there any special considerations when picking a home theatre system for use with the Sony GTV?
     
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    Okay, I think I've figured out the answer.

    I was excluding soundbars because I'd heard that they are crappy. But they are suited to my requirements (simplicity) and will be a big step up relative to what I'm currently using even if they are crappy compared to a full surround sound system. Most importantly, they will save me a bunch. So soundbar it is.

    Regarding the Sony GTV in particular, I see that the specs say that the optical output supports "Dolby Digital bit-stream out", and I assume this means that it leaves the decoding for the receiver/soundbar to do.

    So, if the soundbar has optical input then I will need it to support the various Dolby formats I need. If the soundbar has HDMI there are more output options (including 'bit-stream') so I would have more flexibility.

    I don't see DTS listed amongst the output options (and I believe it is not a variant of Dolby) so I guess DTS is simply not going to be supported.
     

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