Home theater build


(Daniel Consuegra) #1

Hey all!

Right now I have a dumb old Sony receiver with 5.1 speakers in the living room…

I was thinking of upgrading it to something more automatable… and also get rid of the mess of speakers in the process… so my focus went to soundbars…

I was thinking of something along the lines of the Sonos Beam… along with a couple of Play 1’s (one of which I already have)…

All that would be connected to my Sony KS8000 tv as well as a Chromecast and a gaming console (Wii U right now, who knows what in the future?)

I’ve got a collection of CDs, DVDs and Blurays but I will soon be setting up a NAS so no need for a physical reader…

What do you guys think? what other options do I have? Does the Beam sound good, both in sound and in concept? What other setups do you guys have?

Open to suggestions…

(PS: Tried going to the Sonos community, but they never answer! lol!)

(Ron Talley) #2

Consider going the immersive sound route. Dolby Atmos and DTS-X are the two major players.

Vizio has a Dolby Atmos Soundbar…5.1.4 for 10 discrete channels of audio.

As far as Automation, Harmony Hub is a good choice.

(Daniel Consuegra) #3

I was hoping for something more integrated… being a Samsung TV and all that… lol! I already have the Harmony… don’t really enjoy it that much… it’s too flaky… you’re always hoping for it to work…

(Ron Talley) #4

I’ve found the Harmony Hubs to be pretty reliable. Most issues are from bad placement of the IR blasters.

My current setup is:
AVR-Yamaha RX-a3060
Amp-Pioneer VSX-917V (4 Atmost Speakers)
Front Speakers-Polk Audio RTi A7 (2)
Center Speaker-Polk Audio CSi A6 (1)
Sides and Rear Speakers- RTi A4 (4)
Ceiling Speaker-Micca M-8C (4)
Subs-HSU Research ULS-15 MK2 (2)
Display 1-Vizio P65
Display 2-Optoma HD33 (120" 16:9 Screen)
Fire TV
Harmony Hub
Aeon Labs Power Strip
Pi3 running KuKu Harmony

I haven’t had any issues controlling any of this in ST.


(Daniel Consuegra) #5

What is that?

(Ron Talley) #6

(Steve Jackson) #7

I have 2 Harmony hubs. Living room and bedroom. Only issue i had was living room and it was the IR signal not getting to the cable box reliably. I added one of the IR extenders to the hub and it works flawlessly ever since. Most everything is done via ST automation or voice using a Google home. Have been very happy with the Harmony Hubs.