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First Time Home Theater Questions

Hey y’all. I’ve been collecting headphones on and off for my entire adult life but I recently purchased a Samsung S95B QD-OLED and figure I should get some better audio to go with it. I have two questions:

  1. In an apartment would I be better off with something like a Samsung Q990B 11.1.4 that offers Dolby Atmos or building a 5.1 or 7.1 home theater setup? Since I live in an apartment I can’t go blasting whatever sound system I have and I know some speakers can sound better at higher volumes.

  2. With a budget cap of approximately $2,000 all in what components would y’all recommend for a home theater setup if you think that’s the way to go? Totally open to solutions that come in under the $2k mark, haha.

Many thanks in advance!

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Re: First Time Home Theater Questions

Good Afternoon, lenapakhi.


Welcome to the Best Buy Forums.


Thanks for reaching out. As a fellow headphone collector myself, I can understand your need for having the best sound quality at a reasonable price. In a scenario such as this, I would recommend having an In-Home Advisor come out to your residence. They will be able to assess your entertainment space and provide a solution that works best for you.


Kind regards,

Trey|Social Media Specialist | Best Buy® Corporate
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Re: First Time Home Theater Questions

I suggest you first consider what kind of problems you can generate in an apartment.  Home theater with a sub woofer can really generate the noise complaints. However, you already mention this so are cognizant of it.  It is a sub woofer that will get you in the most trouble.


however, Atmos is GREAT, but designed as a substitute for people who cannot run cables around the living room, and they are not desigend to work with vaulted ceilings.  Enter the Rocketfish Wireless rear speaker kit.  I picked one up about 18 months ago and it is very good. However, in an apartment setup Atmos could be the perfect answer.  


7.1 is great but being able to put up the necessary speakers can be a problem for some. In my TV room I just don't have the space without moving my chair a lot closer to the TV.  To me the best authority on speaker setup is Dolby.  Here is a link to their setup guides.  


Dobly speaker setup.


Receiver. There are LOTs of great options for the receiver.  However, you don 't need a $2000 receiver. The most value you may get out of it is bragging to people. And your not looking to jar the paint of the walls. Your TV probably supports HDMI Arc. get a receiver that does as well.  Then all your components plug into the receiver and it just conveniet. 



Speakers. The left, right, center, and subwoofer should be a matched set accoring to experts. I have only ever had matched speakers so I really cannot comment.  Matched, means they are idential and sold as sets.  i.e. they should be the same brand and line. 


Personally I have a Yamaha 5.1 home theater receiver, Boston Acustics Fronts, center and Sub with infinity rears via Rocketfish wireless. 


My system is not terribly expensive but the sound is pretty dang good. 


My personaly recommendation is to not skimp yourself.  Get a receiver, fronts and center and add the others on when you can afford it. You may not even need a sub while in the apartment as a good set of towers will have a woofer built in. 


Here is my suggestion on a 5.1 system that what I would look at, but there are other great options.


$400 Yamaha - 5.1-Ch. 4K Ultra HD A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black

  This is the newer version of mine. 


Then look at Klispch, Martin Logan, Definitive technology, or Sony speakers.  



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