Ahhh, there it is... That good ole' "advice from a forum - elitist - go big or go home" attitude... What's so difficult about getting a reasonable response for a reasonable question? If you're not going to offer real advice, why bother responding at all?
Originally Posted by 49Merc
Go to Walmart and buy the cheapest soundbar in stock. I guarantee you will achieve your goal of having non-quality sound.
I specifically wrote, and listed sound-bases (sound decks) as the options I am considering. And the insinuation of my goal being "non-quality sound" further exemplifies the lack of maturity with which the "advice" is approached... Specifying that the goal is not "quality" is NOT the same thing as saying that the goal IS "non-quality".
Originally Posted by ToonMasterTim
Consider just getting some computer speakers or some other small set of speakers if you want to go cheap but still get better sound than what is built into the TV.
Here again, what small set of powered speakers (computer or otherwise) would meet the criteria I have set...?? sound-base, and blue tooth support?
This type of elitist attitude is why I even felt that it was necessary to mention that "quality" was not the goal... I figured that might have been a given since I set the spending limit at $100.
So, I suppose that both of you own mansions located in the Hamptons??? No? Well, you might as well just live in a cardboard box then, right? What's that... can't afford the $40,000, twenty-five person, hot tub with a Bose Sound system, mini-bar and grille?? Well... you might as well just fart in the bathtub!! Because anything less is just not even worth it... There is a purpose, and bang-for-buck value in owning things that aren't always "top of the line"... but are still better than stock, and are available at a good price, and suit their purpose well.
So let's try this again, shall we? Don't worry, I'll explain my questions as I go...
I'm looking for a low cost Sound "Deck"/"Base" option to upgrade the sound on my TV in my bedroom...
1. I am not 12 years old... my "bedroom" is but one room of my HOUSE. The one I use mostly for sleeping, but occasionally watch TV as I am going to bed. Doesn't exactly justify a need for "theater-quality" sound. Especially since I watch most TV on my 55" in the living room, paired with my 5.1 Surround Stereo Amplifier.
2. The TV in the bedroom is a Westinghouse... another low cost option which does it's job quite well for viewing TV in bed, however, for the times I want to stay up a little longer and watch TV, the loudness required to hear it well is paired with a muddy tone, distortion, and vibrations.
3. As I have established already, I own a house... and since that's just a tiny step up from a cardboard box (I know, not up to the "mansion status" you all must have), but we also chose to buy decent matching furniture sets as well... which means we don't want computer speakers, or some other random speakers sitting on our dresser next to the TV and making our room look like that of an adolescent. This means that I am looking for an option with nice aesthetics for the bed room.
4. I also want the functionality of a remote so I can control the volume from bed, along with Blue Tooth capability. This leave Soundbars or Soundbases.
5. I don't want a sound "bar" because it will obstruct the remote receiver for the TV... this leaves sound bases as the optimal option.
Suggesting that there are no low cost options to suit this need, and still provide better audio quality... is suggestive of a mentality of a 12 year old with no actual experience in making decision or engaging in conversation... from somebody who has been spoiled their entire lives, or has a ridiculous level of expectation (the ones who get one DOA item and decide that means they should give a 1-star review and NEVER buy that brand ever again). I have owned and still do own many products of all kinds which are not the best-of-the-best, but offer a great level of bang-for-buck with an acceptable level of quality in regards to the purpose that item serves. Given my experience with many different products in this price/quality range, I am certain there is an option out that which meets my needs, within the budget I have set.
I am asking for advice from another individual who might understand that concept, and may have some direct experience with some of these products who might offer some productive information regarding quality and functionality of such items.
To summarize... I'm looking for an aesthetically attractive option to replace the sound of my cheap TV speakers on my cheap Westinghouse 40" TV which is located in my bedroom. A Sound Bar would block the remote function on the TV, so I have determined a Sound Base would be best, and I have a budget of $100. Must look attractive, support Blue Tooth, RCA, 3.5mm Aux, and Optical inputs...and sound quality must be at least twice as good as the Westinghouse TV speakers. The bar is not set very high for this particular requirement, the speakers sound as though they just grabbed two of those cheap speakers from those old 1980's stereo alarm clocks with the plastic housing that "mimicked" wood trim... twice the sound quality should be VERY easy to attain at the price range I've set.
Any actual help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
FYI, for those of you who were offended by my post... that means that you fit into one of those categories for which qualified as less than "reasonable". For those of you who understand my point... thank you for being socially functioning adults.