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 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Looking for a little help here everyone. A couple weeks ago I picked up this TV:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074FGWJC/ref=wms_ohs_product

I love it, but the speakers vibrate like no one's business whenever I'm watching a movie or playing a video game, even at low volumes. Thus I'm in the market for a soundbar, not wanting to deal with a full surround sound system.

I'd like to get a soundbar with surround sound that sits right on the stand I have my TV sitting on (rather than mounted on the wall), and want to avoid spending a massive amount of money. Anyone have any good recommendations or at least things to stay away from?

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I can't recommend any but a quick search on Head-fi.org (the place for audiophile responses to questions like these) shows that everyone there says soundbars are a huge waste of money.

"You'd probably get better sound from a small 2.1 multimedia PC system - actually there are some 2.1 systems as small or smaller than sound bars with decent sound (by that I mean good sound for the size)."

"I'd strongly recommend you just buy seperates, things like Soundbar are alright just for tele. As for power consumption, your plasma uses more than a av amp.

You spent money on a display, don't just then give up with audio. It's half the experience. In such a large room you need something more than any old tat. I'd probably look at Q Acoustics."

When I actually found some soundbar recommendations, someone suggested this one:
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&searchType=search&storeId=10151&catalogId=10551&productId=8198552921666308122

Another suggested this one:
http://store.audioholics.com/speakers/soundbar-speakers/zvox-zbase-420.html

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Thanks, excellent references and information, my friend!

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2012 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Good info smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2017 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I just bought a soundbar this week and love it!

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2017 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   Metryq   (Member)

I bought a JBL last year for all the same reasons you gave: speakers on TV rattled, didn't want to spend huge piles of money, and didn't want a full surround system. (Actually, the boss of the house wouldn't tolerate something that invasive.)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O96PA1K/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Since the TV you specified stands on a unipod, the JBL "soundbar" makes an ideal base. And the bass is actually rich enough that I wanted to turn it down a little. It may not satisfy the more demanding connoisseurs who need extra-galactic surround with bass detonators, but it is a vast improvement over the TV's built-in speakers. Explosions are satisfying without annoying every elephant in the neighborhood, and musical events are now a joy, rather than a wall of noise pasted onto the picture.

Edit: I hadn't watched The Hunt for Red October since installing the sound bar, and I ran it tonight. The first instance of "missing" sound was the low frequency pounding of the Red October's main engine as Ramius descends from the sail and crosses the conn. Oh, I'd seen the movie in the cinema, then on home video a few times after that. Without a decent sound system, movies like this are simply missing so much of the audio environment. Every home entertainment center should have at least an all-in-one like this JBL, or better.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2018 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I love my soundbar, it's great!

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2018 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

I am a big fan of Yamaha's single piece soundbar with built in subwoofers.

I have the YAS-103 - for a few years now, the key for me is that it has both optical, and an Analog (RCA) input - which I run my PC into direct. It doesn't hurt to see if any sellers offer refurbished units - sometimes you can snag a really good deal.

Most soundbars only have optical which is fine if you're just hooking up direct from TV< and then running HDMI into your TV direct.

But if you want to hook up something else to it an analog option is super. Also Bluetooth is nice, I don't use it but the kids love it when I'm not home. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2018 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I am a big fan of Yamaha's single piece soundbar with built in subwoofers.

I have the YAS-103 - for a few years now, the key for me is that it has both optical, and an Analog (RCA) input - which I run my PC into direct. It doesn't hurt to see if any sellers offer refurbished units - sometimes you can snag a really good deal.

Most soundbars only have optical which is fine if you're just hooking up direct from TV< and then running HDMI into your TV direct.

But if you want to hook up something else to it an analog option is super. Also Bluetooth is nice, I don't use it but the kids love it when I'm not home. smile


Surely you must consider which piece of kit has the better DAC ... albeit this may not be the single deciding factor. By using the RCA analogue inputs on your amp/soundbar you're taking the PC's DAC to be better - I'm not expert but I've read that many PCs have less than great sound cards - and, if you have the option you may find the amp/soundbar will give better results with a digital input.

I've not used a soundbar ... I bought into 5.1 surround sound many years ago and have an old AV amp/speaker set-up (which is very good, albeit the hi-fi amp is far better) ... but I did buy a wireless speaker a few months ago to replace an old portable radio and tried this on my old Panasonic plasma TV ... the sound was far better than the TV's own (though, of course, not as good as the 5.1 set-up).

It may be outside the budget of some but as it acts as an internet radio and streams music, etc, from network sources ... and is portable ... I can recommend it highly: Naim's Mu-So Qb ... it looks great, too! There is a bigger version which I imagine sounds even better.

See: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naim-Audio-MU-SO-Home-System/dp/B01FXYO57Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1516807273&sr=1-1&keywords=naim+muso+qb

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2018 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I have a 3.1 channel soundbar with mock surround, which is pretty effective. I have had it for almost a year and just love it!

 
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