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post #991 of 993 Old 12-26-2014, 01:35 PM
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Hello all.
Firstly iv spent a good few hours sifting through this and various other threads and found a tonne of helpful stuff.
First of all being bose is ludicrously over priced and out classed by others for less money as I have to admit I got dragged into the marketing hype and was considering the lifestyle 135.
I have a budget sound bar I paid 230 for.
I'm looking to make a substantial upgrade in the audio department within next couple months.
The polk surroundbar 9500 is looking quite appealing.
I have a budget of of upto ?2000. Is this polk system about the best you can get sound bar wise? 5.1 and 7.1 really aren't a viable option for me due to size and a young boy I'd rather not have him playing with them.
I want the best possible immersive experience possible. Big stinking bass and a system that will rattle the house. Now I know the best way is to go 5.1 theatre system but I can't. How close can I get to good with sound bar and sub woofer? ?

Many thanks in advance.
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Looking for a soundbar for my parents TV.

50" Panasonic TC-P50UT50 plasma TV that sits on a stand inside a built-in that was basically made for a large rear project TV. Due to the built-in, the sound from the TV bounces around inside and doesn't project out very well.

Only thing hooked up to this TV is a cable STB via HDMI and a DVD/VCR combo via RCA cables. They also use Netflix streaming via the smart TV features. Doubt they will get a Blu-ray player.

I want to make this as simple as possible because turning on the cable box and the TV is sometimes already confusing to them. Currently it's setup so they use the cable remote to hit CBL + power, then TV + power. Occasionally one or the other won't turn on and they don't know what happened. I should probably look into setting it up so 1 button turns on everything.

Do most soundbars with HDMI pass-through enable the on screen volume display? While not a huge feature, I think this would be best for them since they are used to seeing this. Another thing I'm concerned about is if this will add another step of turning the soundbar or if I can just leave it on all the time.

For Netflix I'm guessing I can go optical out of the TV into the soundbar and that should take care of that correct? HDMI (if the soundbar has it) from the cable STB.

Any recommendations?
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I am an audiophile and a long time head-fi.org addict on a college student's budget. I am going to be picking up a Vizio M422i as a belated Christmas gift to myself and need a very inexpensive soundbar. I was hoping to get around the $100 mark but still get something with a discrete sub. I am considering the VIZIO S3821w-C0. Anyone have any other thoughts on different soundbars?
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