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Seems like there's more asking for advice than giving in this thread.
Well it is the "help me choose a soundbar" thread
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Well it is the "help me choose a soundbar" thread
It is true though. Everyone posting in this thread is seeking advice but few of the experts or knowledgeable people are on this thread giving advice
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There are many brands, models, features and variables. Not to mention the to be connected equipment. I imagine many readers just do not the necessary knowledge. I own a Bose SoundTouch 130 Soundbar and Accoustimass. My knowledge base outside of Bose products is limited. I wish you the best and hope all your questions are answered.

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I ended up keeping the Polk. It was a great price though no hdmi and not the highest wattage but high enough for me. I figure if I ever move into a house I can dump it on Craigslist or move it to another room and then invest into a 5.1 system.

At least with the Polk you can teach it to learn your television's remote signals. Only issue is that the power light is always on.
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I ended up keeping the Polk. It was a great price though no hdmi and not the highest wattage but high enough for me. I figure if I ever move into a house I can dump it on Craigslist or move it to another room and then invest into a 5.1 system.

At least with the Polk you can teach it to learn your television's remote signals. Only issue is that the power light is always on.
Glad for you.

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Any soundbars accept balanced analog output from a portable DAC / Amp?
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Hi There,

I'm downsizing and planning to replace my floor standing B&Ws with a passive or active sound bar. I will keep my B&W sub.

My requirements:

Great for stereo music listening
Good for TV dialogues
Zero interest in surround and DSP stuff
Passive LCR soundbar up to $500
Active Soundbar up to $800 (must have 2 optical inputs or combination of HDMI and optical)

Currently considering:
Focal Dimension, but with two concerns: No real two channel stereo mode, unknown reliability.
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50: Not sure about the musical performance.


Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Hi All,

I'm new to this forum but I've been reading a lot during the past years. Anyway I'm looking for a successor for my B&W Panorama 2 soundbar.

The P2 is my hub for all my devices and is connected to my Panasonic Plasma. The sound is good (not perfect) but it is a hassle to use. It is not easy for my wife or others who would like to use it.

My cable box is connected to the panorama 2 and there are to many steps and the P2 is not smart enough to handle it all correctly.

Therefore I would like to know what alternatives you would suggest for a soundbar if I decide to sell this one. Our wishes are:

- Airplay or bluetooth connectable
- good sound for music and movies
- multiple HDMI in ports
- good looking :-)
- easy to use for wife

I've been looking at Yamaha YSP-5600 but it looks a little cheap... Do any of you have any suggestions or solutions I might have missed?
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Anybody got an idea on a replacement for the Pioneer SB-SP23W. It died and not even Pioneer has the parts to fix it. I would suggest people check online to see how bad they are before you consider Pioneer. Anyhow, I need a replacement. I live in a small condo so deep base isn't important. I've a Sony big screen TV of 2013 vintage, Motorola cable box and a 2012 Mac Mini. My budget will be $ 300 USD at the absolute max. I don't need a fancy bar, something that is great sound quality and RELIABLE!
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Anybody got an idea on a replacement for the Pioneer SB-SP23W. It died and not even Pioneer has the parts to fix it. I would suggest people check online to see how bad they are before you consider Pioneer. Anyhow, I need a replacement. I live in a small condo so deep base isn't important. I've a Sony big screen TV of 2013 vintage, Motorola cable box and a 2012 Mac Mini. My budget will be $ 300 USD at the absolute max. I don't need a fancy bar, something that is great sound quality and RELIABLE!
It is my understanding that Yamaha has several good SB's in your price range. Good luck!

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It is my understanding that Yamaha has several good SB's in your price range. Good luck!
Thank you! I will check them out.
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Thank you! I will check them out.
Will the SR-300 be a good choice? Thanks
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Hi There,

I'm downsizing and planning to replace my floor standing B&Ws with a passive or active sound bar. I will keep my B&W sub.

My requirements:

Great for stereo music listening
Good for TV dialogues
Zero interest in surround and DSP stuff
Passive LCR soundbar up to $500
Active Soundbar up to $800 (must have 2 optical inputs or combination of HDMI and optical)

Currently considering:
Focal Dimension, but with two concerns: No real two channel stereo mode, unknown reliability.
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50: Not sure about the musical performance.


Any recommendations? Thanks!
My needs are simliar to yours, except I prefer multiple HDMI 2.0a inputs.

I too, have no need for DSP. Just want a great sounding bar for everyday use.

I have auditioned:

- Bose 300 - fantastic by itself, but really alive with the sub. Just a tad expensive with the sub, but I can deal with just the bar. Only one HDMI input, but it does support HDCP 2.2, so 4K HDR pass through is no problem. Musically, very fun and colorful. Great sound stage. I have never ever been a fan of Bose, but they seemed to make something good every once in a while. Only reason why I didn't buy it is because of one HDMI input, and the eventual need for the sub.

- Sonos playbar - Very good sounding bar, but ugly. I'm sorry, but it does make a difference to me. Only optical - which is OK I guess, makes it dead simple. Just pipe all my HDMI devices to the TV, and one optical cable to the bar. Only problem I have again, is the eventual need for the sub, and high price point for what is essentially an older bar. If the sonos was in the 4-500 range brand new, I would have gone with it. Have contemplated the used market, but worry that if something goes wrong, i'll have little recourse.

- Sony HT-NT5 - Again, great sounding, and has 3 x 2.0a HDMI ports, essentially adding 2 more ports for more devices! I actually bought this, and so far so good. Negatives are can't see the input display when i'm seated on the couch, and OSD does not come up in 4K mode. Not real showstoppers.

There's a new Denon HEOS bar coming out for $900, that has 4 X HDMI 2.0a inputs, and supposed to be good - but will need to listen. For $900 sans sub, I hope it's really really good.
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i have an existing YAMAHA YSP - 203 circa 2013..
and a new LG OLED B6P 55 inch

i want to move to a future proof sounbar that can accept at least 3 hdmi 2.0a 4k pass through and 2 optical input for my ff units, preferably w HDR capability

PC desktop for 4k settings
PS 4 Pro console
future scorpio xbox console w UHD
TV output via optical
Media streamers such as Roku ultra or nvidia sheild tv


I dont need atmos as my room is quite small.. but shd be able to decode dolby digital and dts sounds and its different variation.. HD master etc..

shud be above avg sound .. good for .movie and tv shows and can play hires audio at 24 bit..


Ive seen this SonyHT CT800 thats out soon.. will this solve my needs?

any feedback wud be welcome
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Wow, so much to learn. Thanks for this sticky!
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Does anyone have any experience with the Razer Leviathan? Is it worth it or are there better ones in that price range?
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Hello! Newbie here.
I recently purchased a Samsung 32" Smart TV from walmart. And I am not satisfied with the tin-can sound.
The TV is in my bed room, which is roughly 8x11 and carpeted.
One of my main complains is when I put a bluray (Sony player) movie in I can't hear the voices very well over the music and sound effects going on. Clear Voice on the TV helps, so I'd like the soundbar to have a similar option.
My price range is $160 max.
Subwoofer would be great, but not necessary.
I do not need wireless, or Bluetooth. This is strictly for movies and TV.
Thanks in advance!
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My local walmart has the Vizio SB3821, Samsung HWJ355, LG SH2, LGSH4, LGLAS465.


Anybody have experience with any of these? I don't have a best buy nearby and walmart doesn't have any of these on demo.


Other suggestions welcome in the $150 price range.
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Hi There,

I'm downsizing and planning to replace my floor standing B&Ws with a passive or active sound bar. I will keep my B&W sub.

My requirements:

Great for stereo music listening
Good for TV dialogues
Zero interest in surround and DSP stuff
Passive LCR soundbar up to $500
Active Soundbar up to $800 (must have 2 optical inputs or combination of HDMI and optical)

Currently considering:
Focal Dimension, but with two concerns: No real two channel stereo mode, unknown reliability.
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50: Not sure about the musical performance.


Any recommendations? Thanks!
If anyone cares, I got Focal Dimension and it sucks with music. There is no music or stereo mode and DSP ruins the music. Next thing I'm going to try is Canton DM-100 soundbase. I have high hopes for this one. It's not available in the US but I'm having it shipped from Germany!

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What soundbar can handle Dolby Digital Plus (DD+)? Bonus if it has a subwoofer output.

Bought a Sonos Playbar but realized it doesn't handle DD+. Looking for similar in that price range.

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Downsizing my living room from an old Pioneer receiver and 2 large ADS L990 speakers to a soundbar.
Budget is $300

Looking at the following
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Willing to look at other options as well

Going to be used with an NEC X551S 55" Slimline LCD (1080P) which only has one HDMI input so I'll need to buy a switcher
I was thinking about getting a soundbar with HDMI inputs, but most in my price range weren't 4K capable.
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Soundbar for LG OLED TV

I recently purchased an OLED LG 55 TV, and I'm now looking to upgrade my Sony CT150 Soundbar.

I have three connected devices: TIVO, Apple TV, and a standard Cable Box. I love the Sony because I can connect all my devices to it and control everything using one remote.

There are so many soundbars that I cannot decipher if it really matters which one I purchase.

I'd like to keep the price point around $600/$700.

Any advice is welcome.
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Good luck!

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Why do you say "Good Luck?" What info do you have that is helpful?
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Why do you say "Good Luck?" What info do you have that is helpful?
Sorry did not mean to add confusion to your task. I have a 6500 mated with our OLED 55E9100. I too looked into changing my BR but never could determine if any other BR would prove better. An Oppo is out of my league and we do not use apps so stayed with our 6500. I guess the "good luck" was because of the numerous opinions plus my research basically revealed very little. I am very interested in your search. Btw, 4K is not in consideration for us. Our 9500 is very good and we love our LG 9100.

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Sorry did not mean to add confusion to your task. I have a 6500 mated with our OLED 55E9100. I too looked into changing my BR but never could determine if any other BR would prove better. An Oppo is out of my league and we do not use apps so stayed with our 6500. I guess the "good luck" was because of the numerous opinions plus my research basically revealed very little. I am very interested in your search. Btw, 4K is not in consideration for us. Our 9500 is very good and we love our LG 9100.
What do you mean 6500 mated? What brand is that?

It seems there is little agreement on what a good sound bar is.
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What do you mean 6500 mated? What brand is that?

It seems there is little agreement on what a good sound bar is.
Boy, I got threads confused. I thought you were looking for a new Blu-Ray player. The 6500 is a Sony BLU-RAY player. I used the word mated as in "used with". We have a Bose SoundTouch 130 HTS (soundbar w/Acoustimass)

Sorry.

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Just picked up an LG C7. Planning to get a refurbished SB3851-D0 for under $200 to hold me over a couple years and then jump up to something that supports Atmos and DTS:X, albeit a bit cheaper and/or at least more options than currently are available. From my research, there doesn't seem to be anything better (maybe comparable) around this price point. If my budget is $300, would you guys agree that I'd be good with this one or is there anything out there I may have missed? My main concern is sound quality, followed closely to having connectivity via HDMI.
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