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This is a request that I've never really had to consider before, but my grandparents are looking to buy a new TV and, being in their 80's, they'd like something with a little more oomph than the standard built-in speakers. In the interests of cost and simplicity, I'd rather get a TV with above average speakers than some kind of off-board setup. Are there any brands or model ranges in particular that can manage? I know this is kind of nebulous since I don't have any size or cost targets at this moment, but I figured I'd put some feelers out there. I know this isn't really the right subforum for this, but if somebody could also recommend a decent stand-alone, self-contained stereo unit at the lower cost end as a potential solution, that might be helpful as well.
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Good term for it.

I am a LITTLE old my self and have been fighting the sound wars for 40 years. I have 3 M series Vizio's from the 10 or 11 model years and the speakers are on the curved side, there is a clear plastic baffle to direct the sound forward and there is an equalizer in the set to trim the sound to what works for me. The Model #'s are M470NV and M420NV. Most of the TV to day are just to thin to have much of a sound, so what maybe the only option is a sound bar from the manufacture of the TV brand you settle on. Also if they are anything like me the midrange is the most important, and to much bass is just that BUMP, being noise that covers over the dialog, so keep the base down and the mid up.
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Your point about TV's being too thin is definitely my thought on the matter. I'm inclined to tell them that they should buy a TV for other reasons and then look into getting an additional speaker system IF the integrated sound doesn't work for them. I just worry about adding complexity because they will get overwhelmed if it doesn't "just work"
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There are some recent televisions that have made a valiant effort to produce better sound. The Samsung F8000 has surprisingly good audio, for example, though it is a more costly set.

A price range would help us to narrow down some choices for you, owan, even if it's broad.
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I would look for a soundbar that can be controlled with the TV remote and also turns on when the TV is turned on.
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There are some recent televisions that have made a valiant effort to produce better sound. The Samsung F8000 has surprisingly good audio, for example, though it is a more costly set.

A price range would help us to narrow down some choices for you, owan, even if it's broad.

I'm guessing because I don't have better info, but definitely <$1000, probably under $800
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My father is 79 yrs old, and all he wants too be able to do is turn the TV on and off, and adjust the volume. None of the other BS that most of us here are looking for. smile.gif

I have had Samsungs, and they produce pretty good sound from just the TV speakers. My father has a Samsung 55D6000 LED, and sound from the TV speakers, when set to MOVIE or AMPLIFY, sounds pretty good/loud. He enjoys it, and he can set the volume at 15(out of 100), and hear it perfectly fine(sitting about 14 ft away in a LARGE LR).

He has a little trouble hearing, but is not bad. I have found that Samsung and LG "tend to" have the best sounding speakers from the TV. My main experience is with Samsung, and they tend to sound really good from the speakers. A SOUNDBAR or 5.1 surround sound are much better, obviously. But for most people, especially older, they do not care.

I would look at Samsung. I have one myself in my bedroom(UN46D6000). Now, I have a sound bar, and headphones(for late night) for my sound.

But I have the TV's internal sound set to AMPLIFY, and the TV VOLUME set to NORMAL(this is for those occasions when the commercials are BLARING and the sound from the tvshow is lower. This just evens it out, and is best when used IMHO).

I can set my sound to 15-20(100 max), and have NO problems hearing it clearly. No DISTORTION, or vibrating. I would try Samsung F series(2013 models). Depending on what size you are looking for, I would try either the F6300 series, or the F6400 series(more expensive. 3D)

Just go to Best Buy, or SEARS, and try them out. Using the remote, make sure they have AMPLIFY(or MOVIE mode. I like that as well), and the TV SPEAKER SETTING in the MENU under SOUND.

That TV should do your grandparents just fine. But STICK WITH the F6300 series, or above. The lower ended Samsung's(EH, or H), are just not that reliable IMHO.

Here are two from Best Buy. The 55" is about $200 out of your range, but the 50" should be in there. Also check SEARS/COSTCO/WALMART for the cheapest price. You "may" be able to find the UN55F6300 for $999, but it will be hard/tight:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+55%26%2334%3B+Class+(54-5/8%26%2334%3B+Diag.)+-+LED+-+1080p+-+120Hz+-+Smart+-+HDTV/8816483.p?id=1218901344739&skuId=8816483

Samsung 50" UN50F6300 :

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+50%26%2334%3B+Class+(49-1/2%26%2334%3B+Diag.)+-+LED+-+1080p+-+120Hz+-+Smart+-+HDTV/8181055.p?id=1218865194747&skuId=8181055
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Thanks STEELERSRULE (they don't, but hey tongue.gif) thats the kind of anecdotal stuff I'm looking for at this point.
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