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post #811 of 938 Old 02-22-2014, 11:57 PM
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I'd think about the Vizio 5430 and a separate sub. Though the 5430 doesn't come with a sub, it sports at subwoofer output (pretty unique among soundbars). Add a BIC America F12 475 watt, 12" sub for $193 at Amazon to the 5430 ($275ish) and I'm pretty sure your vaulted ceiling will be filled with more bass than any other $500 soundbar solution.

 

 

Wait a minute.. So as long as the sound bar has a subwoofer output I can hook up/connect any powered subwoofer to it?

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In need of a soundbar/home speaker setup, it took me a week on here to decide on my TV and want to get a sound system TODAY! So i can tuck wires and be done! I haven't even heard of ARC until i saw it on the back of my TV

 

TV- Sony w900a with 4HDMI one being ARC

 

Components:

PS3

PS4

 

Uses: Mostly gaming and movies, possibly some music listening also..... Bonus: lots of bass

 

Things i want in my sound system:

Wireless Subwoofer

Bluetooth 

 

I would like it so that Soundbar is "always on" so no matter what im doing when i adjust volume on TV or via blue tooth that is connected to my laptop or phone that the volume of the soundbar goes up (Is this possible?) Or something along the lines where i always use the sound bar with the TV audio

 

Budget: Less then $1000 

 

Brands:

I am open to brand type, i love the BOSE in my car, and the H/K in my friends car, wouldn't mind staying with Sony also since all my stuff is sony as it is but am open to ANYTHING that fits the needs!

 

 

Thank you for any help, i am still cleaning up the mess from setting up the new TV and the a/v tower i had to build

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Wait a minute.. So as long as the sound bar has a subwoofer output I can hook up/connect any powered subwoofer to it?

yes
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yes

If this is in fact true, this is exactly the route I am going to take.

 

I will have to read some reviews on all the 2.0 soundbars and make a decision. I know it might be alittle "overkill" but Id like to pair my soundbar with a PB1000 or a something comparable to that.

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yes

If this is in fact true, this is exactly the route I am going to take.

 

I will have to read some reviews on all the 2.0 soundbars and make a decision. I know it might be alittle "overkill" but Id like to pair my soundbar with a PB1000 or a something comparable to that.

You can never have a good enough sub.
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In need of a soundbar/home speaker setup, it took me a week on here to decide on my TV and want to get a sound system TODAY! So i can tuck wires and be done! I haven't even heard of ARC until i saw it on the back of my TV

 

TV- Sony w900a with 4HDMI one being ARC

 

Components:

PS3

PS4

 

Uses: Mostly gaming and movies, possibly some music listening also..... Bonus: lots of bass

 

Things i want in my sound system:

Wireless Subwoofer

Bluetooth 

 

I would like it so that Soundbar is "always on" so no matter what im doing when i adjust volume on TV or via blue tooth that is connected to my laptop or phone that the volume of the soundbar goes up (Is this possible?) Or something along the lines where i always use the sound bar with the TV audio

 

Budget: Less then $1000 

 

Brands:

I am open to brand type, i love the BOSE in my car, and the H/K in my friends car, wouldn't mind staying with Sony also since all my stuff is sony as it is but am open to ANYTHING that fits the needs!

 

 

Thank you for any help, i am still cleaning up the mess from setting up the new TV and the a/v tower i had to build

I got a VIZIO S4251w-B4 for Xmas and I love it!

My previous systems have been 5.1 B&W, Def Tech, and Klipsch, and this system......is not as good, but a soundbar isn't going to be.

For a $300 soundbar with actual surround speakers and wireless sub, it's outstanding! Read some reviews, and then go get one.
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I got a VIZIO S4251w-B4 for Xmas and I love it!

My previous systems have been 5.1 B&W, Def Tech, and Klipsch, and this system......is not as good, but a soundbar isn't going to be.

For a $300 soundbar with actual surround speakers and wireless sub, it's outstanding! Read some reviews, and then go get

 

 

Thank you for response...

 

 

 ended up playing at best buy for a couple hours and walked out with the Harmen Kardon SB26 comes with 10" woofer and is pretty nice.... 

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/2-1-channel-soundbar-with-10-wireless-subwoofer/1199736.p?id=1219046321165&skuId=1199736&st=categoryid$abcat0205007&cp=1&lp=1

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You can never have a good enough sub.

In a sense your right.

 

Im not a huge audiophile as I assume there aren't many audiophiles in the soundbar section.. But im going to ask it here anyway. If I were to connect the powered subwoofer to the soundbar would this be just as good as connecting it too basically any receiver? Would the connection be as strong so to speak? What would be the downside of doing it this way? Maybe a lack of tuning capability?

 

I really like the simplicity of having a 2.1 sound system.

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You can never have a good enough sub.

In a sense your right.

 

Im not a huge audiophile as I assume there aren't many audiophiles in the soundbar section.. But im going to ask it here anyway. If I were to connect the powered subwoofer to the soundbar would this be just as good as connecting it too basically any receiver? Would the connection be as strong so to speak? What would be the downside of doing it this way? Maybe a lack of tuning capability?

 

I really like the simplicity of having a 2.1 sound system.

I think a receiver would technically be better, but I'm sure the difference would be negligible for most. The biggest thing would be the crossover point.
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They should sticky thus thread? I didn't even no it existed.
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Ok, here is my odyssey I started with pioneer sb23w, it's near sonic perfection and it cost only $300, I loved it, but the bass while strong was missing the punch I like. So I stepped up to HK sb26, punchier base, but not near as warm when watching TV and isn't blended as well between the sub and bar, but it's a close battle, if I could take the dub from the HK and match it with the pioneer bar, it would be perfect. Anyway, I next purchased ht-st7, isn't nearly as warm as either the HK and especially the pioneer, but the punchier base and best channel separation for sure. I definitely hear things I missed while listening to the other two. So I'm stuck I'm up to $1000 and still haven't heard the sound I want. PS my in ear monitors are shure se535, and I think it's perfect tone, to give idea of sound I think is quality.


Anyway, I need recommendations, I want pioneer sound and warmth midrange with sb26 base, and son ht-st7 channel seperation. What do you guys recommend?
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The ones I likes when I tried were the Paradigm, Atlantic Technology, Sonos and Yamaha 5100. All but the Sonos has a subwoofer output and can use any sub, the Sonos has to use the Sonos sub. However, none of them gave the sound I wanted and I went with a 2.1 system instead.
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Ok, here is my odyssey I started with pioneer sb23w, it's near sonic perfection and it cost only $300, I loved it, but the bass while strong was missing the punch I like. So I stepped up to HK sb26, punchier base, but not near as warm when watching TV and isn't blended as well between the sub and bar, but it's a close battle, if I could take the dub from the HK and match it with the pioneer bar, it would be perfect. Anyway, I next purchased ht-st7, isn't nearly as warm as either the HK and especially the pioneer, but the punchier base and best channel separation for sure. I definitely hear things I missed while listening to the other two. So I'm stuck I'm up to $1000 and still haven't heard the sound I want. PS my in ear monitors are shure se535, and I think it's perfect tone, to give idea of sound I think is quality.


Anyway, I need recommendations, I want pioneer sound and warmth midrange with sb26 base, and son ht-st7 channel seperation. What do you guys recommend?
Pioneer towers.
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Much to my dismay it's looking like I will have to start with a true 2.1 system. The Mid range is fine with the soundbar but the included sub needs some help.
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Pioneer towers and an SVS PB1000 or SB1000
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Pioneer towers and an SVS PB1000 or SB1000

The towers taking the place as the soundbar?

 

 

Im a real HT noob but is their powered towers that would hookup/pair with the TV just as a sound bar would?

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I don't know of any powered towers except in the stratosphere price range. But there are powered speakers that can you can also connect a sub and make a nice 2.1 system. I went this route because I could get better sound quality than a sound bar. What's your budget? What equipment will you be using?
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I don't know of any powered towers except in the stratosphere price range. But there are powered speakers that can you can also connect a sub and make a nice 2.1 system. I went this route because I could get better sound quality than a sound bar. What's your budget? What equipment will you be using?

Well Im looking for more bass authority then what I probably need, really looking at a SVS PB1000, cause the included subwoofer in soundbar system just don't suffice.

 

Other wise my budget for speakers/soundbar id like to stay under $300.

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For $300 look at the JBL LSR305. No sound bar I listened to even came close to the sound quality of these. The problem with most powered speakers is you need a TV with a variable audio out or headphone jack to make them work. Many of the newer TVs only have a digital output and that won't work. If your TV only has a digital out there aren't many 2.1 systems. The Paradigm Millenia CT comes to mind but more expensive and its sub while not bad wont match a bigger sub.
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Is the sony 260H being discontinued? I have not heard much about a replacement model, but prices are stagnant everywhere around MSRP and some places like amazon are running out of stock. Sony doesn't even list it on their own site anymore.
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The 2014 CES models will hit stores soon, which is why you see what you see but there's still plenty of 260s if you hit physical retail stores.
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Ive decided Im just going to buy a receiver and built up my own 2.1 or 3.1 setup.

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Ive decided Im just going to buy a receiver and built up my own 2.1 or 3.1 setup.
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Ive decided Im just going to buy a receiver and built up my own 2.1 or 3.1 setup.

Good move.
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Hi everybody,
I want to complete my set with a center channel, and I would like to have the opinion of any of the experts on the forum before take a decision.
Right now I have:

 

Focal Profile 918 x2 
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SVS PB2000 x2 (a great suggestion from Petden and mark62!)

 

I was looking for a cc908 (http://productdatabase.eu/?country=uk&id=1969472) but actually it's discontinued.

Could some one suggest me a second option?
I took a look on SVS Ultra Center (http://www.svsound.com/speakers/Ultra-Center) that is cheaper and looks great, but I'm not sure if it will adequately complement the set.

 

Thanks in advance for your advices!
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I everybody

 

I need an advice for my next purchase: a soundbar up to 400$ maximum.

 

After varoius pages, revies and coparison I found some possible soundbars:

 

for 300$

1a) Sony HT-CT260H
1b) Philips HTL5120

for 380 €
2a) SONY HT-CT660

 

I have chosen these three articles because the other soundbar are diccifult to find in my countries (Italy, like the vizio that is unknown).

Te other soundar for the same or higher prices should be of lower quality.

 

The CT660 with the 80$ more than CT260H is a good purchase?

what would you buy?

 

Best REgards

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If you can't get the Vizio S4251 then id get the Sony CT660. Both are great sound bars.
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Guys! I need your help choosing a soundbar. I have a Sony KDL55w800 tv, Xbox one, Xbox 360 and a PS4.
I live in a small studio and do not need an extensive HT setup!

I have two soundbar in sale in my country, and also fits in my budget.
1. SAMSUNG SOUNDBAR HW-F450
2. LG SOUND BAR 2.1ch 300W NB3530

Which one will you guys suggest i should get??
I will be mainly using it for watching Movies & Tv Series & Music (Mostly Electronic, trance, house, dubsted etc.) and gaming.

Thanks for the help!
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Hi,
I need some help here from the audio experts.
I am getting old and I have been told by my doctor that my hearing is pretty bad on any frequency beyond 2K HZ.  Now, I know why I could not make any sense on TV voice.  I have 55 inch TV.  I want to  add a sound bar to help me out.  I was hoping some equalizer function that I can use to emphasize the upper frequencies.  I would like to spend less than $400 for this.  Any recommendation would be appreciated. 
~~ Thanks

I'm looking for the same thing and hope that you, the community, can point me in the right direction.

Looking for : Powered sound bar style speaker with 2/3 octave EQ capability built in
Audio Source : Panasonic TH50PZ80U - Either L/R RCA or Optical out (http://www.soundandvision.com/images/archivesart/1008panpz85.back.jpg)
Budget : Up to $600

I could obviously put this together with a mix of components (receiver, eq or other processor, amp, and speakers) but my objective is to do it in the most tidy package possible. If it can't be done in a single, powered and processed, speaker package I want to keep the external components to a minimum (both number and size).
Let me know your thoughts...

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OK, add another newbie to the soundbar "revolution"... lol 

 

First off, I have a fantastic 5.1/7.1 set-up already - with the big tower speakers in front, the large center channel speaker and the rear surround speakers...

 

But I would like to explore the idea of getting ride of all of the speaker wires, and the large speakers, and make the living room look a little more "uncluttered"...

 

So, I am looking at a 5.1/7.1 wireless soundbar option...

 

The only 5.1/7/1 wireless soundbar options I am aware of are the Sonos soundbar with the sub and then surround speakers (but then I don't really know which surround speakers to get - the 5, 3, or 1...?)

 

I will be using this mostly for movies - but I also would like to play music through it (not at ear-blasting levels of course)...

 

I would just like the best possible sounding wireless soundbar set-up I can get.

 

Budget: $2,000 ish...

 

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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