Blackie would like to create a surround sound system with a minimum of wires. Doable? Scott says that there are wireless systems that work quite well. You;d probably still want to wire the front speakers. But the surround speakers and subwoofer can be wireless, for sure. Kliptch. Polk. Vizio's sound bar as a dedicated wireless subwoofer and surround speakers. But they'll need to be plugged in, or be connected to the subwoofer, which would be in the back of the room, not in the front.
Scott joins Leo to answer a question about subwoofers. Dan bought a pair of subwoofers to go with his speaker system. Scott says that proper positioning of your subwoofer can make all the difference when setting up your home theater speakers, and these days, having two subwoofers is a good thing. But they also take up a lot of space. So, he's selling his speakers to get bookshelf models. Scott recommends listing them on AudioGon.com. It's designed to specifically sell your audio/video equipment. Another option is AVSForum.com.
Josh is looking to get a new Home Theater system. Should he get a sound bar or a Home Theater in a Box? Leo says that the only reason to get a sound bar is because he doesn't want the complexity of a home theater system. A home theater system requires an AV Receiver, speakers, center channels, sub woofer and wire. But a sound bar can have the bar and a subwoofer for the better ones. Pioneer's Andrew Jones SB23 is the best according to Home Theater Guru Scott Wilkinson.
Scott went to a three day audio engineering conference about the future of audio entertainment. Scott says that there's a ton of news in the audio world, including the adoption of multiple subwoofers in the home, which offers the smoothing out of the bass response. Other advancements including dubbing with new bass techniques, and other details which should make the home theater experience more like the movies.
Todd bought a Pioneer Plasma TV ten years ago and it's still going strong. He's also picked up a Panasonic plasma recently and installed speakers into the ceiling of his basement, but it's impacting the bedroom above it. So he's thinking of picking up the Toshiba 4250 SoundBar to replace them.