Originally Posted by bron
Please let us know what you got and how you like it. All soundbar setups are of interest. I just happened to get enthused about ZVOX, myself, but there are many other good choices.
I purchased the Polk Instant Home Theater because like may of you, I was looking for a simple sound solution for a complicated floor plan. Neither bouncing wall technology nor any 5.1 or 7.1 system seemed feasible. Hence my interest also with the Zvox units.
I bought my first hdtv after the digital switch over. I'd planned to set it up in the complicated (combination family, dinning, kitchen) room, but that entailed moving a lot of furniture, so I decided to "temporarily" place it in my bedroom. That was last June! The TV is hooked up to cable via coax without a box. Because of this, the idea of a simple analog hookup was appealing. My TV remote controls the Polk which is also a plus. I added an upconverting DVD player and moved my favorite recliner into the bedroom. Now I'm not sure I'll ever move my system.
I'm pretty happy with the Polk. It wakes up a few seconds after the TV goes on, and shuts off on it's own after about ten or fifteen minutes without a signal. The subwoofer is better than I expected. Sound is good, but certainly not surround. Dialog is clear, and I've experienced no problems with volume.
On the down side, I feel the Polk IHT is over priced. I also wish there was an optical input. I own a pair of wireless headphones and they also require the analog out on my TV. Would like to utilize the headphones and the soundbar.
Also, the subwoofer never goes into standby, although the manual states that it should.
Meanwhile, the complicated room is technologically stuck in the twentieth century. Analog tv with a converter box, a dying vcr and ten thousand remotes.
Now I'm thinking I may eventually just buy another hdtv and sound system for that room. Maybe then I'll order a Zvox, as they fascinate me.