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Old 11-01-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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Hi there,

I have a LG flat panel TV (not Smart TV) and have 4 Bose in-wall speakers which need to be connected thru a receiver or else they won't be powered (according to my home builder). Two on the front wall above my TV and on the wall behind my seating area.

I also have a Samsung sound bar with subwoofer that I want to use as a center speaker. Is it possible to do the following:

Connect the 4 speakers, the sound bar, and the subwoofer to the receiver and get good accurate sound quality? I'm not an audiophile but just want the sound to be consistent, as in not slightly off between the in-wall speakers and the sound bar.

I'm doing this so I don't have to buy a center speaker. What do you think? And recommendations on receivers? I will also be connecting a PS3 and my cable box to the receiver.

I've asked two Best Buy employees and they both provided opposing answers. One said it will be possible with no problem, the other said it will connect, but the sound will be off between the in-wall speakers and sound bar.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:23 PM
 
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Hi there,

I have a LG flat panel TV (not Smart TV) and have 4 Bose in-wall speakers which need to be connected thru a receiver or else they won't be powered (according to my home builder). Two on the front wall above my TV and on the wall behind my seating area.

I also have a Samsung sound bar with subwoofer that I want to use as a center speaker. Is it possible to do the following:

Connect the 4 speakers, the sound bar, and the subwoofer to the receiver and get good accurate sound quality? I'm not an audiophile but just want the sound to be consistent, as in not slightly off between the in-wall speakers and the sound bar.

I'm doing this so I don't have to buy a center speaker. What do you think? And recommendations on receivers? I will also be connecting a PS3 and my cable box to the receiver.

I've asked two Best Buy employees and they both provided opposing answers. One said it will be possible with no problem, the other said it will connect, but the sound will be off between the in-wall speakers and sound bar.
Surely you can do it, but you might have to make some adjustments to the volume level on the different channels because the speakers are of different manufacture and so on. In other words, you may have to fool around with it a little bit.
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm not sure what you mean by consistent, but the sound of the center channel sound bar should not sound anything like the other speaker. If your sub connects to the sound bar and the sound bar is basically being turned into a mono center channel, the sub may not function as expected since it is just being fed the center channel output.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Most powered soundbars have limited inputs - analog line level (RCA connectors), digital optical, and sometimes HDMI. They don't have speaker level inputs.

Most receivers have just a speaker level output for the center channel. That means you cannot use the Samsung soundbar as a center channel speaker without some additional work (or a much more expensive receiver with additional outputs.

The easiest answer here is to just buy a center channel speaker. You're going to buy a receiver anyway. So just buy a center channel speaker. It is best to use the same brand of speaker for the front three - so that sound quality is consistent. But it is not easy for a box speaker to match the sound of in-wall speakers.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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I agree. A decent center channel speaker shouldn't cost all that much. In any event, it would probably sound better than the sound bar.
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