Originally Posted by Tulpa
They make soundbars with subs in the cabinet?
Somehow I have a really hard time believing those would work as subs all that well. Maybe as woofers, but are we talking at least below 30hz?
I think he’s referring to that ZVOX thing – it’s basically a powered bookshelf speaker in a form factor that’s easier to place under the TV. They bury a 5.25” speaker inside and call it a subwoofer and it has three 3.25” speaker drivers in front for sound.
Originally Posted by woodyjoe
It is the ht- x40. The speakers that came with it are pretty small. However I am looking for something more stealth.
A couple of the soundbars Ive looked at can fit on shelf in cabinet.
My concern is will I be able to use my samsung htib with a sound bar that has a built in amp.
Your Samsung looks like it's amplified, however, it doesn't have any audio outputs. The only way to get an audio signal out of that thing is to use the proprietary speaker plugs and connect the other end of the speaker wire to speaker binding posts/clips. Something like the Polk SurroundBar
has 5 pair of binding posts and would probably work with your receiver (but I'm not sure if the receiver has enough power to drive it).
The Samsung can transmit audio through HDMI, but the manual
(page 49) says it's automatically downmixed to 2ch for TV speakers. I guess you could use something like the Sony CT-100 with an HDMI input, but I just don't know enough to say if it would be problematic or not.
For other options like the ZVOX, I think you might be able to rig up the front left and right speaker wires and turn them into red & white RCA plugs for analog. Then change the settings in the receiver to output 2.0 audio only and use the ZVOX with an RCA to minijack adapter.
If you have the space, I’d think a decent pair of powered bookshelf speakers LIKE THESE
would sound great and would be the best option (there are several other brands to pick).
Another option would be to get an L/R/C speaker bar LIKE THIS
and just connect the left, right, and center speaker wire as usual. Then, according to your manual
, you have the option on the back of your receiver to use the Samsung SWA-3000 Wireless Module
. It looks like you can pick one up for around $100, maybe less if you look around. Use the surrounds you have just to add that extra ambiance or Dayton
surrounds or anything easy to hide, throw your existing sub in a cabinet somewhere, and you're still under $300....just a thought.