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10-10-2006, 10:43 AM
I seem to remember hearing about a pair of floor speakers that "emulate" surround sound for home theater applications, but I have no idea what they are called and have been unsuccessful in my googling for them. I am thinking that they might be the solution to my problem, which I will detail below in the hopes that someone more knowledgable than me could point me in the direction of an applicable solution:

Having relocated from a house with a HT room where it was possible to have two rear speakers to a new space where it would be very difficult to pull it off properly, I am hoping to find a fairly low-end solution. My system in the past consisted of: a 3 speaker satellite system from the late 80s with R, L and a sub (lost in the move), 3 cheap sony surround speakers: Center, and two rears. I am thinking of just getting two floor speakers and using the center channel.

The "room" is a 15x13 theatre space that is part of a larger room. The floors are bamboo (highly reccomended), Ceilings are 95"

The Receiver is a cheap(ish) sony with optical inputs and 5.1 outputs.

I can spend up to 500$, but I'd prefer to spend less than 400.

Your advice is much appreciated :)

10-11-2006, 12:02 AM
I think I know what you are talking about...maybe. I know there is a speaker (I wanna say it was Yamaha, but maybe not) that was just a single center looking speaker that had 40 smaller speakers built in that replicated the surround environment, but wasn't very good at it.

10-11-2006, 04:13 AM
i think you mean this:

so far for the $500 dollar price ticket, i actually don't believe in those things, sure it will sound wider and stuff but i don't think that it could give you the real surround experience, especcialy not for us audio enthousiasts and audiophiles, and for their price, you could get a real surround set, which is better then that.

10-11-2006, 04:18 AM
i'm not sure but i think sony makes something like it too,

ah got it. same price as the cheapest bose thing tho

it's the first one


10-11-2006, 05:06 AM
Well, thanks for the help finding those, and through looking at them, I found a google key word: "2.1 surround." The fatal flaw for me that I have realizedby looking at these is that they would replace my receiver and dvd player. I have a Samsung screen and matched dvd player (HD841 (
Beyound that, they are way to spendy for "not the real thing."