Do we really need to advance to 3D THIS FAST? HDTV again is just catching on and comes along 3D TVs, now there is 3D sound systems??? No matter how fast these companies grow/advance with their products there won't be enough people to buy them cause of the cost. But i guess its just how things work, the more comes out now the cheaper it will get in the futrue? (Maybe... im not sure how these thing work )
There have been 3D sound systems your whole life Inspector.
With the THX systems developed for Star Wars, then the channel separations of Dolby Surround to Dolby Digital to DTS, then on to the EX and ES solutions and now the new Audyssey systems. They have been surrounding us with speakers since the 70's.
I like the HT-SF470, I have heard similar Sony systems like this and they sound good. I do believe that the sound bars are a gimmick that uses sound reflex technology similar to the Bose systems. I was never a believer in the the whole surround sound without the speakers actually surrounding you. I was amazed when the Bose systems took off. You can not get total immerse sound with tiny speakers. I think that highly compressed signals do deliver enveloping sound. They just happen to do it at a higher volume and will eventually cause more damage to the ears in the long run. SO if you want to save space in place of your hearing then go ahead.
Larger speakers give a greater range and smother transitions between the different levels. My Sister has the all Bose systems and they like to turn it up and believe that it is loud theatre sound. Yet I just have a hard time hearing anything after a movie. I have full floor standing speakers in a THX system and I can have the walls rattling and my hearing is much more comfortable during and after. Large good speakers and good equalized surround processing is essential, whether for movies or music.
The sound bars/ micro speakers may be good for apartments, but if you wish to have good Home theatre and still have your hearing in ten years. Get a fully balanced system. Even one like the HT-SF470 would be good for a small space.
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