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Why 3 hdmi ports? It's easier to run all the hdmi into the TV then optical out to the soundbar. Plus, from my research soundbars aren't going to process the hdmi video and have an out back to the TV. That's what a receiver is for (which you don't need for a vast majority of soundbars)

Also do you want a bar and sub? Or just a bar?
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Hey guys, my last post kinda got skipped and lost so Ima try again. I need soundbar (Or HTIB?) with as many HDMI inputs as possible. I want it for a bedroom , where we only watch occasionally. Living room already has a nice Klipsch reference II 5.1 setup so I am not inclined to spend a lot on the bedroom. Currently bedroom has Sony HT150 soundbar, costed about 200 bucks and its been good for about 3 years. Still good, just need to give it to my parents.
So to recap:
  1. Better than Sony Ht 150
  2. Preferrably no more than 300 bucks
  3. At least 3 hdmi inputs
Thank you very much for your help
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Why 3 hdmi ports? It's easier to run all the hdmi into the TV then optical out to the soundbar. Plus, from my research soundbars aren't going to process the hdmi video and have an out back to the TV. That's what a receiver is for (which you don't need for a vast majority of soundbars)

Also do you want a bar and sub? Or just a bar?
Bar and sub, and optical can't process lossless audio, so I don't really like it. My current Sony sound bar does full HD pass through on video and has 3 hdmi inputs, so I'm trying not to downgrade.

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im thinking about this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U2E4LZO. what do you guys think? any comparable contenders to this one?
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Official "help me choose a soundbar" thread

Sony htct780 has 3, can be bought on Amazon warehouse deals for $330ish. Has great reviews.

Ha, we were clearly looking at the same time. Don't hesitate to get one from warehouse deals. They classify them as used, but if it says damaged box- very good, or like new. It literally is just a slightly damaged box with a brand new unopened item inside. And if for some reason it's not, still fully returnable.

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im thinking about this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U2E4LZO. what do you guys think? any comparable contenders to this one?

I've actually heard this one, it's very good. Too wide for my application though, 40" wide.
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Sony HT-CT770 2.1 Channel 330W Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWQREMQ..._q9pTwbRQF96EQ

Older model, warehouse deals right at $300. Same features.
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Sony htct780 has 3, can be bought on Amazon warehouse deals for $330ish. Has great reviews.

Ha, we were clearly looking at the same time. Don't hesitate to get one from warehouse deals. They classify them as used, but if it says damaged box- very good, or like new. It literally is just a slightly damaged box with a brand new unopened item inside. And if for some reason it's not, still fully returnable.
I can get the 780 new from frys electronics for 313. I used to work there so I can get employee pricing. Thanks for the advise!
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Sony HT-CT770 2.1 Channel 330W Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWQREMQ..._q9pTwbRQF96EQ

Older model, warehouse deals right at $300. Same features.

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I went with the ht CT 780 from frys electronics!! Thanks for your advice guys!

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Checked the Yamaha website, it has a "clear voice" function on the remote. So for the price, why not try the 105 and add a sub later if you want more bass.
I have had the Yamaha for a few days now and I don't think it is quite what I expected. Of course, I may have had unrealistic expectations also. Regardless, the dialogue is still not offset enough from all the music and sound effects to make it clear without raising the volume too much. While definitely better than just the TV, it still hasn't solved my problem. I may try the Polk or the Samsung next. I just wish the Samsung didn't have that ugly "HDMI" in the middle of the soundbar. Who thought that was a good idea?!
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I have been a constant reader of the various soundbar posts and have come to the conclusion that there is not a soundbar presently sold that can out perform quality speakers. My hopes were high but even the mighty Yamaha 5600 doesn't seem to be the golden goose. Someone correct me if I am mistaken.
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I have been a constant reader of the various soundbar posts and have come to the conclusion that there is not a soundbar presently sold that can out perform quality speakers. My hopes were high but even the mighty Yamaha 5600 doesn't seem to be the golden goose. Someone correct me if I am mistaken.
I agree 100%. No way a soundbar will replace a true audio system. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a soundbar that can give just clear, quality sounding dialogue/voices over the overdone music and sound effects of today's movies/tv shows either. Especially for those of us that have limited space.
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Question Is Sony HT-CT770 a good choice

Hi,
I was doing some research online and reading reviews of budget soundbar. It's really difficult to figure out as what would be best in my price range.
yesterday saw a deal on amazon on Sony HT-CT770 for $250 so ordered it. What do you guys think of this sound bar? does it sound a good deal?

after ordering in the evening i saw Samsung HW-JM45 in costco for $190. are these models comparable in sound output quality?

my requirement for soundbar is for watching movies and listening to music. I like the heavy beats effect of bass in any music system.

Is there something else better i could get in $300 budget? Please suggest.
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So I was wondering what the Yamaha YAS-105 sounds like compared to the YAS-203. I have a polk 10" subwoofer that would for sure sound better than what comes with the 203 but subwoofers aside does the 105 produce better sound because of the 2 added tweeters?
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Hey guys, my last post kinda got skipped and lost so Ima try again. I need soundbar (Or HTIB?) with as many HDMI inputs as possible. I want it for a bedroom , where we only watch occasionally. Living room already has a nice Klipsch reference II 5.1 setup so I am not inclined to spend a lot on the bedroom. Currently bedroom has Sony HT150 soundbar, costed about 200 bucks and its been good for about 3 years. Still good, just need to give it to my parents.
So to recap:
  1. Better than Sony Ht 150
  2. Preferrably no more than 300 bucks
  3. At least 3 hdmi inputs
Thank you very much for your help
Check out this rating. Good brands recommended within price ranges ...
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I went with Sony HTC 780. Thanks!

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Hi all - looking to spend no more than $800 on a soundbar. A slim-ish profile is best, as the only place we have for a TV in this particular room is the dreaded over-the-fireplace setup. Other than that, the only thing I care about is sound quality. Any thoughts? Happy to answer questions.
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I have been a constant reader of the various soundbar posts and have come to the conclusion that there is not a soundbar presently sold that can out perform quality speakers. My hopes were high but even the mighty Yamaha 5600 doesn't seem to be the golden goose. Someone correct me if I am mistaken.
I'm in the process of starting from scratch again , an old 5.1 system needing an update, and I'm coming to same conclusions.
(family room non-dedicate HT)

I still think building up from a center/sub combo over time, due to $$ and ultimately being happier once I'm back to 3.1 minimum.
I love the idea of clean look , but over time - I still want 3.1 - would love wireless surrounds / subs. Now to decide if a complete wireless solution is acceptable (wisa) and worth the $
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Hi everyone,

Obviously new to the forum, and I've been researching a new Sound Bar for months now. You've had a lot of great info here and was wondering if the experts could help me finalize my decision.

Trying to decide between the VIZIO SB3851-CO (5.1) and the SONY HT-CT370. I like the rear speaker idea, but it's not absolutely necessary if the virtual surround on the sony is good enough as my room is currently only 15x12. Top priority is compatibility with LG LA607400 (main TV), to adjust volume, turn on, decode DTS, etc.

I know the Sony has an HDMI switcher and the VIZIO does not, but I have plenty of HDMI ports as long as the optical out maintains the channel splits if I got the VIZIO.

Does anyone have suggestions? Experience with either of these with a similar LG TV? Thanks so much, I really need to upgrade my current sound. Cheers,
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Well I tried the Yamaha YAS-105 and was not impressed. The "voice" setting is a joke. The sound was ok, but I am looking for a specific feature/purpose. I had a chance to listen to the Polk Audio Magni-Fi in the store and was completely underwhelmed. Both the "voice" setting and general audio quality were unimpressive. I am currently trying out the Samsung HW-J550 and so far it is a little better. Although I do despise the power brick on the plug to the sound bar, but that is minor at this point.
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Well I tried the Yamaha YAS-105 and was not impressed. The "voice" setting is a joke. The sound was ok, but I am looking for a specific feature/purpose. I had a chance to listen to the Polk Audio Magni-Fi in the store and was completely underwhelmed. Both the "voice" setting and general audio quality were unimpressive. I am currently trying out the Samsung HW-J550 and so far it is a little better. Although I do despise the power brick on the plug to the sound bar, but that is minor at this point.
I thought the 105 sounded quite good, plus you can plug in a separate subwoofer of any choosing. I don't find the clear voice feature to even be necessary as the sound tends to be pretty clear without it. What feature exactly are you looking for? One thing about the 105 is that what kind of sound you get out of it is highly dependent on your setup. If you're not wall mounting it you need the whole thing in front of your tv so it can reflect the sound off the screen because the speakers face upward.

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I thought the 105 sounded quite good, plus you can plug in a separate subwoofer of any choosing. I don't find the clear voice feature to even be necessary as the sound tends to be pretty clear without it. What feature exactly are you looking for? One thing about the 105 is that what kind of sound you get out of it is highly dependent on your setup. If you're not wall mounting it you need the whole thing in front of your tv so it can reflect the sound off the screen because the speakers face upward.
Hi wrathloki. The Yamaha was ok. I don't mean to make it sound awful by any means. If you look back in this thread, I am looking specifically for a soundbar that will help me hear the dialogue in movies/tv shows without having to turn it up so high that the action/music scenes blow my eardrums out (or wake the baby!).

It would appear I am chasing a unicorn on this, unfortunately. While the Yamaha did sound ok, the voice feature (which I am specifically looking at) did not do the job. The Polk was bad all around. So far the Samsung is doing the best of the three. I have a sneaky suspicion that the higher priced and larger Klipsch I listed would do what I want. Unfortunately I don't think it will work in the very limited space I have.
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Have to look thru all of this looking to find a good match for my 65" Vizio.
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Spoken Word Soundbar?

Hi, would appreciate info on the availability of a "spoken word control" soundbar, one that can either raise or lower the specific volume of the spoken word while playing a DVD or a streamed movie. High-end sound is not that important; would prefer reasonable price. Many thanks, John
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I do not know of one that provides the feature. Our Bose SoundTouch 130 has a "Ehance Dialogue" feature that we find outstanding. Good Luck!

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I would think you'd want a sound bar that has a true center channel and not a stereo sound bar. I have a Vizio SB4051-C0 and it is a 5.1 sound bar. It does have a volume control for the center channel, although I haven't had to tune it, as I find the dialogue is clear at the default level. Some systems, perhaps even the Vizio, might allow you to feed multichannel stereo to the speakers, which would give you sound out of all of them rather than feeding true surround.
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5.1 sound bar for 55ef9500 ?
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Ovreagr and SOJ, any luck yet? I'm in exactly the same boat. I'm using an old Denon / mission 2.1 mini-system that I'm pleased with, except for the dialogue problem. I'm really hoping that there's a soundbar out there that will give me better dialogue without compromising the sound for music and tv. I tried the Yamaha 203, but the sound was significantly worse than my old stereo.

I'd really like to avoid getting a receiver and speakers if I can help it.

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Ovreagr and SOJ, any luck yet? I'm in exactly the same boat. I'm using an old Denon / mission 2.1 mini-system that I'm pleased with, except for the dialogue problem. I'm really hoping that there's a soundbar out there that will give me better dialogue without compromising the sound for music and tv. I tried the Yamaha 203, but the sound was significantly worse than my old stereo.

I'd really like to avoid getting a receiver and speakers if I can help it.
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Thanks 49merc, but if I was going to spend that much and have multiple boxes to deal with I'd just get a receiver and run it as 3.1.

I like the simplicity and wall-mount option of a soundbar, and I was hoping I could replace my stereo, have equivalent sound and intelligible dialogue for (hopefully well) under a thousand. I'm starting to doubt it's possible.

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Thanks 49merc, but if I was going to spend that much and have multiple boxes to deal with I'd just get a receiver and run it as 3.1.

I like the simplicity and wall-mount option of a soundbar, and I was hoping I could replace my stereo, have equivalent sound and intelligible dialogue for (hopefully well) under a thousand. I'm starting to doubt it's possible.
Respectfully, I belive you have over estimated the amount of gear with the 130. The largest additional item is the module. The module is about the size of a Blu-Ray. Plus it displays all pertinent information. The small module is for Wi-Fi connectivity. I run all my AV through the 130's module for hassle free AV operation. If you have an opportunity go check it out at Best Buy. I do not think you will be disappointed. Good luck.

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