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Two Speaker surround?

Posted by iinsic (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 10, 06 at 15:59

I currently have an old Yamaha integrated amp wired to two very nice Jamo speakers. I would like to find a receiver that would do a decent job of emulating surround sound through my two existing speakers when watching TV, and also do a good job with two channel music.

I don't want one of the Bose 3-2-1 type systems because I want to be able to re-use my existing speakers. Any thoughts on a decent receiver to meet my modest needs? Budget is $500 or less.

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RE: Two Speaker surround?

I have an old TOL Sony receiver that sounds great and can synthesize surround sound into three speakers. I would guess that that capability is not all that unusual nowadays. But it will require a center-channel speaker.

Decent centers aren't all that expensive, though it's best if you match it to at least the brand of front speakers you're using (if not a center designed specifically to complement your existing Jamos). I think you could buy a new receiver and center-channel speaker for around $500. Or less, depending on what other features you want and how much you're willing to shop. You might want to check out ebaY if you're comfortable with buying that way.

RE: Two Speaker surround?

Nah, you don't need a center. There are many receivers out there that can simulate a surround experience with a stereo pair, they just create a slight delay in some of the sound, and knock it out of phase. If the voice is coming out of both speakers simultaneously, you'll create what is known as a 'Phantom Speaker' in the center.

Yamaha came out with a speaker that has about 60 drivers in it. This one speaker can simulate a surround sound system and I've read a lot of good things about it.

What really makes a system is a sub though. If you don't have a sub, you won't have a very good 'movie' experience.

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