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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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