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post #991 of 1005 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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post #992 of 1005 Old 12-27-2014, 03:07 PM
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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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please help me

I've long wanted a soundbar, but now I need one (because I'd like to get a Popcorn Hour A-410U [I'm in the US], but my TV can't handle Dolby and the A-410U won't downmix Dolby [to PCM]).

So I need a soundbar with at least one HDMI input, or I'm thinking perhaps multiple so it can act as an HDMI switcher. I don't plan to use the soundbar for music, only for the audio of TV and films.

My other primary component is a Comcast DVR (DCH3416) which has optical and coax digital audio outputs, and an HDMI output.

My viewing position is (in bed):
6.5 feet from my 40" TV
7 inches from the (relatively bare) rear wall (the bed is up against)
3 feet from the (relatively bare) left wall (the bed is up against)
6.5 feet from the (relatively cluttered) right wall
5.3 feet below a popcorn ceiling

I plan to mount it on the dresser the TV is atop; the soundbar could be as wide at 56 inches and fit in the space.

I hope to avoid a subwoofer since making room for it wouldn't be easy.

Last year I was lusting after a MartinLogan Motion Vision Soundbar, but I see it has no HDMI inputs or output, so I guess it isn't an option. And I see it no longer tops one The Best Soundbar list anyway; unfortunately the one that does (Paradigm SHIFT Series Soundscape) also has no HDMI inputs or output.

I'm ready to spend this kind of money to get the best SQ; on my very tight budget I'll be using it for many years. If I thought I could afford a new TV any year soon I'd consider a budget soundbar to solve my current TV's Dolby downmix need, but I'm afraid this 2008 TV will be it for many years.

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I'm currently using an old Logitech Z5500 as my living room system. I'm a complete novice and really have no clue what caliber soundbar the Z5500 would compete with. I'd like to downsize from the 5.1 to a soundbar and subwoofer while getting equal or better sound quality for something like < $1000. I could go a little higher if there are special features that are offered like with the Sonos Playbar. Any opinions are welcome.
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Sold out online, but they still have these in stock at many stores. A great deal if you are looking for

-Clean, natural sound
-Nicely weighted vocals
-Room filling REAL bass-not wall shaking, but impressive for the footprint
-Excellent low to moderate volume performer (sorry Vizio)
-Very good at moderately high volumes
-Programmable power & volume, so no pesky HDMI issues to deal with
-Generous inputs-2 optical-1 coaxial-1 analog
-Bluetooth that sounds great
Thanks for the suggestion! I ended up going with a LG NB3530A that I got for $99!
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Hello everyone,

After having bought a 32" sony W6 television for my study/relax room, i decided to go for a soundbar/plate in order to beef up its sound when watching movies. (by connecting my laptop to TV with HDMI) Unfortunately, there is no space for a receiver with separate speakers so i realize i have to do some concessions regarding sound quality. My budget is approx. 300 Euros (I live in the Netherlands)

What I'm looking for:
-It should fit on my desk (75cm*150cm surface)
-It should be compatible with my Sony 32W655B in terms of connections and aesthetics
-Below 300 euros
-Decent sound quality with clear mids (for vocals) and (if applicable) a well integrated SEPERATE subwoofer which does not cover the mid regions (a crossover at 100hz would be ideal)
-Preferably with HDMI and Dolby + DTS support.
-Bluetooth and other wireless options are not required.

After having read tons of reviews, I ended up with the LG soundplate LAP440 and the Philips HTL5140. Both include separate subwoofers which I considered as necessary (correct me if i'm wrong) for getting decent bass when watching movies. Besides, they have HDMI and support most formats including DD and DTS.

At first, I focused my search fully towards soundbases/plates/stands(and so on) since they require less space on my desk and look better design-wise. That's also the reason why I selected the LG. Their products just look amazing when it comes to soundstands. The sound quality of the LAP440 is equal to the one of the LAB540 (which in addition has a Bluray player built in) which means it is received pretty good (though not outstanding) by various review websites. Its main problem is the mediocre integration of the subwoofer.

Then i started looking at soundbars as well since it seems they offer a lot more value for their price relative to soundbases. Whathifi and TrustedReviews are very positive about the Philips but apart from them, no other reviews can be found. I like the fact that it has a big 8" subwoofer which theoretically should be able to handle the lower regions quite well.

Which of the 2 is the better option? The philips which seems to offer excellent sound quality but could cause problems with the placement on my desk or the LG which doesn't have the problem of the Philips but is probably worse in terms of sound quality?

I can get the Philips for 240 euros minus 50 euros cash back which makes it 190 euros
The LG can be had for 290 euros.

I am of course open to other alternatives as long as they fit my requirements.
Thanks for helping me out.
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Hello all. Hoping to get some input for a choice between the Vizio s5430W and the Pinnacle QP 9W. This is for a small-ish apartment space, but would like to retain some possible flexibility for future upgrades. Current budget is less than $200.

1. The Vizio s5430w seems to be universally lauded, even above its price bracket. Is it possible, at a later date, to obtain the wireless sub and surround set from the s5451w, and pair it with the s5430w?

2. Aside from Amazon, reviews for the Pinnacle QP 9W are severely lacking. Of the reviews on Amazon, all are glowing, except for two, which complain of "muddy sound". Does anyone here have a refined opinion of the QP 9W? Reviews of Pinnacle as a brand seem to be very mixed, but I have no personal experience with their products whatsoever.

3. I have a Yamaha RX-V367BL that would be paired with Pinnacle, along with an old Sony sub, which I believe is 10". Could the Vizio be used as a center channel with an AVR if needed later, even though it is not designed to be passive?


Thanks in advance for your thoughts and time.
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Looking for soundbar suggestions to use with a Panasonic Plasma TV.
  • TC-P65VT60
  • roughly a 20' x 20' area
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Does anyone have any suggestion for a sound bar regarding my post? Thanks.
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I've long wanted a soundbar, but now I need one (because I'd like to get a Popcorn Hour A-410U [I'm in the US], but my TV can't handle Dolby and the A-410U won't downmix Dolby [to PCM]).

So I need a soundbar with at least one HDMI input, or I'm thinking perhaps multiple so it can act as an HDMI switcher. I don't plan to use the soundbar for music, only for the audio of TV and films.

My other primary component is a Comcast DVR (DCH3416) which has optical and coax digital audio outputs, and an HDMI output.

My viewing position is (in bed):
6.5 feet from my 40" TV
7 inches from the (relatively bare) rear wall (the bed is up against)
3 feet from the (relatively bare) left wall (the bed is up against)
6.5 feet from the (relatively cluttered) right wall
5.3 feet below a popcorn ceiling

I plan to mount it on the dresser the TV is atop; the soundbar could be as wide at 56 inches and fit in the space.

I hope to avoid a subwoofer since making room for it wouldn't be easy.

Last year I was lusting after a MartinLogan Motion Vision Soundbar, but I see it has no HDMI inputs or output, so I guess it isn't an option. And I see it no longer tops one The Best Soundbar list anyway; unfortunately the one that does (Paradigm SHIFT Series Soundscape) also has no HDMI inputs or output.

I'm ready to spend this kind of money to get the best SQ; on my very tight budget I'll be using it for many years. If I thought I could afford a new TV any year soon I'd consider a budget soundbar to solve my current TV's Dolby downmix need, but I'm afraid this 2008 TV will be it for many years.
Any suggestion please? (Bump.) I see once upon a time this thread was wonderfully helpful, alas perhaps it's time has come and it's now where "help me choose a soundbar" requests go to die.
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So many are looking for the "perfect" soundbar. Ther are usually compromises to every situation, so hard to recommend. Best bet is to demo in the store for yourself if possible.

I bought the Vizio 54" 3.0 model & for me it sucks, even with all the great reviews I had read. On Vizios site they advertise deep bass for this unit. It is a joke compared to either of the less expensive Yamahas I have when it comes to deep bass & quality sound.

Caveat Emptor
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I currently have an Artison Studio 55 that is giving me fits.

Originally purchased from Crutchfield, who is going to send me a replacement, but they are currently backordered.

The reason I loved the Artison is because it comes with a custom speaker grill to match whatever TV you use (I have a Samsung UN65HU8550)

While I wait for a replacement, is there any other sound bar in the same price range ($2,000+) that I should also look at that offers the same or better sound quality? I prefer passive LCR.

Thanks!
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Best sound bar/woofer for under 200ish?


Would prefer a subwoofer to be either internal or wireless if at all possible.


Thanks in advance

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Hello all,
In-laws are looking to buy a soundbar and asked for my help. They are making the basement into a family room for the grandkids. It's an odd set-up as the left wall will probably be about 5 feet away, but the right wall will be 20 ft away, except about 15 ft back, then the room is norrow (15 ft wide)

The budget is around $500, they plan to have a cable box, blu-ray player and Roku hooked up

Are there any active soundbars with multiple HDMI connections (or optical/digital) at this price point? It is my understanding that if hooking up HDMI to the TV, then sending an opticle cable to soundbar, it will only be in stereo (or has that changed in the last few years?)

Any help would be appreciated!
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