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Hello

Want to improve the sound of my 52" Philips LCD
I was thinking about a sound bar to simplify the cabling, or go with a 3.1 setup like the Polk RM 6750 ( I won't use the rear speakers)
I was thinking about the SOny HT CT 100, but there is also the HT CT 150
I also tested the Samsung HW C451 at Bestbuy, and it sounded nice
What do you think?
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I am wondering kind of the same thing. Is there any advantage to a 5.1 or 7.1 running as 3.1 vs soundbar 3.1 or 2.1?

I think the sound bar may be designed to bounce the sound off side walls to give the illusion of sound behind you. I don't know if 3.1 systems HT sytsems have this ability with dolby virtual or whatever.

Anyhow, I have an my old panasonic all in one with the rear surround speakers sitting on the floor next to the front surround. So any new system I am sure will be an upgrade.
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Hi Guys..

I started out by wanting to better my 55 in samsung sound...

I first went by way of soundbar (sony ct150 )..it was better , then i said ..
'it should be better than that!!"

Then I unloaded with the help from the guys in here...

I never had a sound system before , but I now know what I've been missing..

Going to the movies was the only thing I knew about to enjoy a movie..

but now its a whole different ballgame...just crank it up a little and you think your in heaven without spending $12 per person..lol

right now I have 2 floorstanding Definitive's , a center, and of course the Yammie 567...next week I'm getting the h100 sub....

If your going for $300 for a soundbar, consider spending the extra for a real set-up..

Being in New York , I'm in the center of electronics heaven..we have several stores that often throw out spectacular sales ..making Best Buy look like infants...they are 6th ave electronics, Electronics Expo, Abe's of Maine...just sign up for thier newsletters and you'll be surprised on what you can get..Just recently they sent me "employee" savings and now "name your price" and its no BS...they will answer you back with a yes or a compatable price...if your not in a rush...do it!!

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Hi Guys..

I started out by wanting to better my 55 in samsung sound...

I first went by way of soundbar (sony ct150 )..it was better , then i said ..
'it should be better than that!!"

Then I unloaded with the help from the guys in here...

I never had a sound system before , but I now know what I've been missing..

Going to the movies was the only thing I knew about to enjoy a movie..

but now its a whole different ballgame...just crank it up a little and you think your in heaven without spending $12 per person..lol

right now I have 2 floorstanding Definitive's , a center, and of course the Yammie 567...next week I'm getting the h100 sub....

If your going for $300 for a soundbar, consider spending the extra for a real set-up..

Being in New York , I'm in the center of electronics heaven..we have several stores that often throw out spectacular sales ..making Best Buy look like infants...they are 6th ave electronics, Electronics Expo, Abe's of Maine...just sign up for thier newsletters and you'll be surprised on what you can get..Just recently they sent me "employee" savings and now "name your price" and its no BS...they will answer you back with a yes or a compatable price...if your not in a rush...do it!!

mike

Great post. I was going to buy a motorcycle yesterday, but after reading your post here on the soundbar forum, I spent the extra for a car instead. That way, I won't get wet when it rains outside.

Chicken Run is WAY ahead of Citizen Kane....alphabetically speaking of course!
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Great post. I was going to buy a motorcycle yesterday, but after reading your post here on the soundbar forum, I spent the extra for a car instead. That way, I won't get wet when it rains outside.

great...can u give me a ride to the electronics store
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great...can u give me a ride to the electronics store

No need. You're already in the center of electronics heaven.

Chicken Run is WAY ahead of Citizen Kane....alphabetically speaking of course!
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I have a Panasonic XR55 receiver
What type of small satellites could I use for Left, Right and 1 center to "compete" with a soundbar?

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I have a Panasonic XR55 receiver
What type of small satellites could I use for Left, Right and 1 center to "compete" with a soundbar?

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How small do the speakers need to be?
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Samll like some satellites speakers (Polk RM 6751, RM101, etc..) or a little bit bigger like the Polk RM 30, but not more
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Samll like some satellites speakers (Polk RM 6751, RM101, etc..) or a little bit bigger like the Polk RM 30, but not more

Lets just say if sticking with polk you could go:

5.25in drivers
2 Polk Monitor 30
1 Polk CS1B Center

or a little more pricey and larger

6.5in drivers
2 Polk Monitor 40
1 Polk CS2B Center

You would still want to add a subwoofer though.
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I think some people completely miss out on why many people want a soundbar and not speakers.

Minimalist design. Less cables/wires to deal with. I for one got a soundbar and got rid of my 5.1 because I got tired of wire management. I gave up true surround, but now the setup looks MUCH cleaner and easier to deal with. I added a Sony sub for the impact I wanted, and didn't sacrifice much in the way of ease of use and management.

A speaker setup introduces a helluva more cable to deal with and hide. For that, may as well go all out and get a true 5.1 or more.
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what about this http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-684 add your sub of choice
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I think some people completely miss out on why many people want a soundbar and not speakers.

Minimalist design. Less cables/wires to deal with. I for one got a soundbar and got rid of my 5.1 because I got tired of wire management. I gave up true surround, but now the setup looks MUCH cleaner and easier to deal with. I added a Sony sub for the impact I wanted, and didn't sacrifice much in the way of ease of use and management.

A speaker setup introduces a helluva more cable to deal with and hide. For that, may as well go all out and get a true 5.1 or more.

What kind of wire management do you need to take care once all the wires are ran? Did yours keep coming undone or something?

I see reasons for getting a sound bar if you rent or don't have the ability to run the wires, you have an extremely small place, or if money is real tight, or the biggest reason could be the WAF factor.

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