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3.1 channel System verses soundbar, which option would you recommend please?

AdamRC

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Hi, this is my 1st post on here. I currently have a 3.1 channel speaker System but as my Old Cyrus 8AV amp has broken, I’m looking for advice as to whether I should either buy something like a £750 AV amp or sell the lot and buy a soundbar from say Sonos. Both stereo and AV sound are important to me. If I stuck with my current speakers, I would not be looking to move to 5.1 as we don’t want any more in the room. My speakers are Monitor Audio Studio 2 (fronts), MA silver 150 (centre) and MA RSXW12 sub. I also have a Sonos Connect which historically plugged into my old Cyrus amp. All advice appreciated. Thanks
 

manicm

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I have the previous top range Heos (new model just called Denon) soundbar, and while the sound is very good, there‘s not much of a stereo effect.

I’d say go for an AV amp.
 

AdamRC

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I have the previous top range Heos (new model just called Denon) soundbar, and while the sound is very good, there‘s not much of a stereo effect.

I’d say go for an AV amp.


Thank you for this and sorry for the slow response. A bit of a stupid question but can you use/programme the latest AV amps for just 3.1 sound as I wouldn’t want to go out and buy say a Denon 3500 or 3600 only to find it only allows a min of 5.1? Thanks
 

manicm

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Adam, you should be able to configure an av amp to 3.1, as most amps are 7.2 or thereabouts but don’t force you to use all channels.

Just call a dealer to confirm, but it shouldn’t be a problem at all,
 
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AdamRC

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3.1 system will give you better stereo separation compared to a soundbar.


Thank you for your views. Off the back of this I I’ve started looking at some AV amps. I phoned a dealer and he confirmed I could just use my 3 speakers plus sub with any of the latest amps. Thanks again
 

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