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surferbum's Avatar surferbum
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FYI here's a pdf manual for the FH56:

FH56 product manual.pdf 970k .pdf file
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volley151's Avatar volley151
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A question for those that have this soundbar. Do you get a good separation of the left ,right and center channels like in a good 3.1 setup? Or is it just and expanded stereo image like most soundbars.
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You do not get as good of seperation as you would from a true 3.1 setup. I love the soundbar and it does give you a good sized sound stage but it doesn't compare to a true 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 setup.
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Thanks I was afraid of that. I have a ysp-2200 that works great as long as you have the walls. I was looking at this for a friend, as the price is within his budget and he already has a cheap 5.1 receiver.
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Anyone have any suggestions on how to hang the FH56 or do most owners have it sitting on TV furniture or a stand?

Most of the speaker bar mounting brackets I've seen (the kind that attach to the TV or TV wall mount) seem to top off at 25-30 pound capacity (whereas the FH56 is allegedly 35 pounds), even if they say "universal". There are the keyholes on the back and the manual just says put 2 screws in the wall (in studs I presume). Is it really that simple?

I'm wary of having trouble getting the thing level and centered with the TV.

Any suggestions would be welcome. Moving into a new house next week so I can set things up pretty much however... Thanks.
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Mine is just resting on a shelf below the TV, however yes I believe mounting it would be as easy as it should be. This image lays out fairly well the mounting positions on the speaker

I don't know the spacing between the two mount points, but I would imagine that they are spaced the same width as studs would be spaced -- the total weight is just under 40 pounds.
takeuptime
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Received the FH-56 BAR for Christmas....from myself. The speaker bar sounds great to me and is just as big and heavy as advertised. It's replacing a Polk CS1 center speaker and 2 Polk RM6751 satellites I was using as fronts. I still have two RM6751 satellites running above me as surround speakers. I ran audyssey set up and the bar blends nicely with the surrounds despite the difference in speaker types. The sound stage sounds to be about the 8 feet advertised on the box. Overall I'm very pleased. I think I paid around $235 at parts-express. Here is a picture of my current set up.....decorations and all. The TV is a 46" for size reference and the ikea stand is about 72" wide.

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Nice. I still love mine. Hope you enjoy and love yours as much.
Say no sub woofer?
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Wytchone - I have a 8" sub directly to the right of the tv stand, but it got cut out in the picture. I'm in an apartment, so I go easy on the bass.
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Wytchone - I have a 8" sub directly to the right of the tv stand, but it got cut out in the picture. I'm in an apartment, so I go easy on the bass.

I understand. Just wanted to say the FH56 sounds better with one is all.
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Received the FH-56 BAR for Christmas....from myself. The speaker bar sounds great to me and is just as big and heavy as advertised. It's replacing a Polk CS1 center speaker and 2 Polk RM6751 satellites I was using as fronts. I still have two RM6751 satellites running above me as surround speakers. I ran audyssey set up and the bar blends nicely with the surrounds despite the difference in speaker types. The sound stage sounds to be about the 8 feet advertised on the box. Overall I'm very pleased. I think I paid around $235 at parts-express. Here is a picture of my current set up.....decorations and all. The TV is a 46" for size reference and the ikea stand is about 72" wide.

That's sooo BEAST. Love the setup. And Christmas gifts from yourself to yourself are always the best!
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So does this beautiful sound bar replace a 5 speaker set up? Right now i have my BIC FT-6T's in the front and the FH-65B's in the rear. I was just looking for a powerful sound bar and i stumbled across this breast. Would this be overkill, or is this a replacement for a 5 speaker set up to simplify it down to just one front speaker?


takeuptime
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I can't comment on replacing all 5 speakers, because I still have 2 small satellites running surround duty. This works great as a simple replacement for your front sound stage. It can't realistically replicate sounds coming from behind/around you and it won't match the output of your tower speakers, but it should sound fuller than most sound bars given the speaker array. I imagine you would be happy with the aesthetics and sound if you combined this and your bookshelfs in the rear.
takeuptime
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Also, re-read you post....
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So I purchased this sounbar and I kinda have mixed feelings about it. It has a great soundstage and gets quite loud, but feel the dialog, especially during an action scene is quite weak. Ive tried upping my center channel settings and lowering other, but didnt seem to help much. Anybody else seem to have issues with dialog? I have it paired with a 7.1 sony receiver and a 70" vizio. It is wall mounted.ignore the fireplace mess. Remodeling it with tile. Only way to get a big tv up there. Lol
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Anyone have any suggestions on how to hang the FH56 or do most owners have it sitting on TV furniture or a stand?

Most of the speaker bar mounting brackets I've seen (the kind that attach to the TV or TV wall mount) seem to top off at 25-30 pound capacity (whereas the FH56 is allegedly 35 pounds), even if they say "universal". There are the keyholes on the back and the manual just says put 2 screws in the wall (in studs I presume). Is it really that simple?

I'm wary of having trouble getting the thing level and centered with the TV.

Any suggestions would be welcome. Moving into a new house next week so I can set things up pretty much however... Thanks.
I bought 2 heavy L brackets and bolted those to the wall. I painted them black and put some some silicon grip strips on the bracket. The speaker isnt going anywhere.
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It has a great soundstage and gets quite loud, but feel the dialog, especially during an action scene is quite weak. Ive tried upping my center channel settings and lowering other, but didnt seem to help much. Anybody else seem to have issues with dialog?

I have the same issue with a sony 2800ES AVR.
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So I purchased this sounbar and I kinda have mixed feelings about it. It has a great soundstage and gets quite loud, but feel the dialog, especially during an action scene is quite weak. Ive tried upping my center channel settings and lowering other, but didnt seem to help much. Anybody else seem to have issues with dialog? I have it paired with a 7.1 sony receiver and a 70" vizio. It is wall mounted.ignore the fireplace mess. Remodeling it with tile. Only way to get a big tv up there. Lol


You have the same issue with most soundbar. Last week, I bought the Atlantic Technology FS-5000 thinking I am going to replace my towers, etc. After a few days, I came to conclusion it is not meant for a 120" screen. It got moved to the office. I spent a 1k for it too frown.gif. At least I have good sound for the office now.
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It has a great soundstage and gets quite loud, but feel the dialog, especially during an action scene is quite weak. Ive tried upping my center channel settings and lowering other, but didnt seem to help much. Anybody else seem to have issues with dialog?

If you have any kind of auto calibration on your receiver use it and see if that helps. There is so much that goes into getting the right sound out of a multichannel setup that sometimes it's a little hard to dial in the right settings (EQ, levels, speaker size and distance). Give it a little time to break in also. New speakers are a little tight and need a little break in period. Finally buy a calibration mic for your phone or tablet and learn to use it or just play with it for fun, haha.

http://www.daytonaudio.com/index.php/test-measurement/imm-6-idevice-calibrated-measurement-microphone.html
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Tried the auto calibration, but thought the sound coming out was pretty soft. Distances were spot on but I find calibration level are usually to low for my tastes. I have been running it nonstop for the last couple of days trying to break it in. It does seem to be helping with the dialogue. I also find that some sources have better clarity than others. Cable tv doesn't sound too bad but blurays on my ps3 were barely passable. Oh well, im gonna keep tinkering with it.
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what calibration options does this offer for the bar? The yamaha ysp 2200 has a few for its virtual beams but it takes a bit of tinkering to nail spot on
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it has none. Its not a self powered speaker bar. Its powered by a separate av receiver. You would use the receiver to calibrate the sound to your liking.
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I just recently purchased this sound bar and mounted it but haven't had anytime to play with it yet, its being used in my Den.
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takeuptime
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Looks good! That must be a pretty big TV given the how big the soundbar is. You might want to think about mounting some discrete panels on the sides of your alcove to absorb the sounds from the side speakers. You're going to have sound waves bouncing all around in there.

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