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This is weird to me, but no alternatives. I am setting up a small HT in my bedroom.

46" LCD TV (1080p)
Marantz SR6004 A/V Receiver http://us.marantz.com/Products/2980.asp
PS 3
Source: Choice of Oppo BD-83 OR BD83SE http://www.oppodigital.com/ ---- Plan to buy
Front: Cambridge Audio S70 Floorstand http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=344
Center: Cambridge Audio S50 Center http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=345&Title=Sirocco S50 centre speaker
Subwoofer: Not available --- Plan to buy
Rear Surround: Not available

Yes, only 3.0 for now - will definitely go with 3.1 if this is required for movie, but not sure about 5.1. I spend 50% on movies (some are 2 channels DVD, Episodes from HK, the rest are 5.1/7.1 DVD/BD), and 50% on music - won't play too loud (since the kids slept in the next room).

1). For the Source, I am considering Oppo BDP83 vs BDP83SE - Will it worth to buy SE for me? I have RCA interconnect for 2-ch audio out, and connect also with HDMI. No plan for 7.1 Analog out. I would love to enjoy the SACD feature, but given the limitation of my speakers (The CA S70 costs $599 and I think they are entry level ones - no plan to upgrade).

2). DO I NEED A SUB-WOOFER? I found when I watch Concert Blu-Rays in bedroom, the sub-woofer is not making a big difference. Of course, listening to 2-channel music, I don't need a sub-woofer. I guess sub-woofer is only good for BD movies? My wife would love to get Focal Dome (http://www.dome-focal.com/), yes it looks stylish, but does it make sense to buy a 2.1 speakers where the rear surrounds are more expensive than the front :p

3). is there anything wrong if I live with a 3.1 system? Not too eager to get the rear channels, because 1). wiring is a pain, 2). The couch we sit is in the middle of the room (8 ft from the TV/speakers). If I am going to put the rear speakers at the back of the room, that is right about the head board of the bed (8ft from my sitting position)

Thanks for any suggestions & comments.
 

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Is this your main or is it a second system?
 

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I had a 5.1 system in the bedroom, watched a movie once (when the new BD needed firmware). It was never used because we always use the main system downstairs. We only use the bedroom TV for news while going to sleep. or when sick in bed.

I didn't see much sense in a bedroom HT. But thats just me.
3.1 is fine when done right. But for the bedroom, a good 2.0 system makes sense. But you'd need full range fronts.
 

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It is a 2nd system. However, the kids occupied the main HT and I can hardly watch any movies when I am off work :)

Maybe make sense to simply go with 3.1 - I enjoy watching DVDs from bedroom at night (say 10pm - midnight), will turn on adequate volume but not loud enough to run 5.1.
 

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Assuming it's a house and the bedroom is the 2nd floor, wiring should not be an issue since you can always run wires to the attic and back in where needed. If an outside wall then you will need to deal with insulation.

Having said that, I would personally be happy with a stereo setup in the bedroom or 2.1 at most if the speakers were bookshelf type.

A lot of folks would be happy to have in their main HT setup what you have (or plan to have) for the bedroom.

Why do you need another source if you have a PS3 - will it not do everything for you.
 

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Since this is your second room, I believe a 2.0 or 2.1 is adequate. The WAF is a big thing and you have to come to a compromise with her for success and happiness of both of you.

A good Surround Bar would would look spiffy under your panel however, you would have to check this properly to insure you acquire something that allows you for good music SQ since you have mentioned 50% is music.


You can look at some of the products I am familiar with as I own and use successfully the SB 42'' however, the SB 50'' would be more suitable since it is capable of bass. There is also a new product you could look into if you are not in a rush. Demos are starting at Club Polk soon. If you ever feel a subwoofer is needed, you can acquire one from Polk audio (I guess other brands may have such available).

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/surroundbar/

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/psw/pswi225.php

I believe you can also acquire some wireless rears if you so wish. I personally use a RocketFish wireless kit from Best Buy, very effective for my portable system (it is amplified).

As another option, you can cut your cost by buying powered bookshelves speakers thus eliminating the need for an AVR (unless you want the typical 5.1 effects). Personally my portable system consist of 2 M-AUDIO powered speakers with a HITMASTER from Polk (was given to me after my demo here in Canada :cool:)since it provides for a good 40 hz of bass and I use the RocketFish for rear as need be (usually the HM and the monitors are sufficient). The portable system is also used in my bedroom but am a little reluctant to use the HM due to the neighbors in the semi-detached :( ) The advantage of powered speakers is that they provide you with good SQ without the investment of AMP or AVR and are simply controlled from your TV remote control :cool:

Cheers!
TK
 

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How important is the audio in a musical sense? This would somewhat dictate what you purchase.
 
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