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post #1381 of 1410 Old 05-30-2017, 08:19 PM
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Question, should I keep my Vizio SB3821-C6, or grab a Bose Cinemate Digital home theater speaker system for $100? The BOSE is only a red and white stereo connection, compared to the optical connection on the Vizio.
Save up for a much better soundbar. Cheap anything is just that cheap.

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Hello, I'm looking for a second opinion/recommendation regarding my situation

Current setup:
TV: Samsung 55KS7000
Audio: Denon AVR-1513 receiver with Polk Audio TL1 sat speakers and sub, via optical cable
Condo setup in an small, open room

Problem: I need to remove cables and would like to control audio through my Samsung TV/remote

I'm looking into 3 options:
  • Sony HT-NT5
  • Samsung HW-J7501
  • Samsung HW-K550

The Sony and J7501 I can get for roughly the same price, the K550 about half the price of the other ones. I think based on requirements the K550 would be a much better price/benefit option, but I'm not sure on the sound quality of this sound bar.

The Sony seems to be the better option of the 3, but I don't get the SoundConnect convenience.
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Does anyone have any idea what the Sony HT-CT800 has over the Sony HT-CT790 model? I'm mostly concerned about the input/output capabilities but also curious about the overall differences between the two. Anyone?
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Hello, I'm looking for a second opinion/recommendation regarding my situation

Current setup:
TV: Samsung 55KS7000
Audio: Denon AVR-1513 receiver with Polk Audio TL1 sat speakers and sub, via optical cable
Condo setup in an small, open room

Problem: I need to remove cables and would like to control audio through my Samsung TV/remote

I'm looking into 3 options:
  • Sony HT-NT5
  • Samsung HW-J7501
  • Samsung HW-K550

The Sony and J7501 I can get for roughly the same price, the K550 about half the price of the other ones. I think based on requirements the K550 would be a much better price/benefit option, but I'm not sure on the sound quality of this sound bar.

The Sony seems to be the better option of the 3, but I don't get the SoundConnect convenience.
Don't buy Sony HT-NT5. Sony HT-NT5

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Don't buy Sony HT-NT5.
I actually just bought the Samsung HW-J7501 yesterday, in part thanks to your comments in that thread plus I got an amazing deal on it.
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I currently have a Sony HTCT550W that is gasping its last breath (subwoofer no longer comes on and receiver keeps flashing "Standby"). I'm going to troubleshoot, but I've had it for nearly five years and think it might be time to upgrade. I have a cabinet that currently holds the receiver and a TiVo Roamio, as well as a Roku and Chromecast. The TV is several feet away and the subwoofer is on the floor underneath it. I've noticed that with the newer soundbars the receiver is eliminated, and devices plug directly into the bar using HDMI. Obviously this is not a problem for the Roku and the Chromecast. They are small enough to hide behind the mounted TV. For the TiVo, I should be able to run a 25' HDMI. My question is, which soundbar? I can probably spend about $500, but would prefer to spend less if possible. An added bonus would be if I can mount the soundbar using my existing hardware, which shouldn't be a problem. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I'm buying a LG 55" C7 television this Friday, and I've been looking at soundbars for the past few days. It's starting to drive me bonkers and is a little overwhelming with all the choices.

The room I'm putting it in is 14' x 16', with a 7' high drop ceiling in most of it. I don't need it to be really loud, but would like to have the option. I'm also thinking of getting one with hdmi ports, and that's 4k enabled. I'm undecided about armor yet. My price range is $300-$1000, but would like to keep it around $600-$700.

I would mainly like to hear from LG OLED owners, preferably this year or last years models, on what soundbars work well with these tvs. My biggest fear is buying a $700 soundbar, that for some reason has compatability issues with LG. I was looking at the LG SJ9, but I'm not wall mounting my tv and it would be hanging over my current tv stand ten inches on each side.

Any input or help will be appreciated, I'm usually pretty good at narrowing items I want to buy down quickly, but it's information overload with these soundbars.
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I am also looking for a soundbar (or base) option for an LG OLED 55". I just ordered the LG B7 55 from Costco. This TV is going to be going into a family room, so aesthetics are fairly important to me. I have an upstairs media room with a 5.1 system and a Panasonic 65" VT, so I am not looking for a home theater replacement. This family room OLED will primarily (probably exclusively) be used for streaming - netflix, Amazon prime etc. I really don't watch much of anything on discs, but if we did would do it upstairs in the media room.

I was leaning towards the Sonos Playbase. I know it gets a lot of hate here because of the optical only. For my needs, i.e. streaming and not needing to replace a full home theater which I have upstairs, will the optical only and the limited formats Sonos supports really be much of an issue? If so, what else should I look at in that price range that still looks good in a family room?

To start out with, I will probably wait and see how the TV's sound is, though I imagine I will find that lacking.
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I am also looking for a soundbar (or base) option for an LG OLED 55". I just ordered the LG B7 55 from Costco. This TV is going to be going into a family room, so aesthetics are fairly important to me. I have an upstairs media room with a 5.1 system and a Panasonic 65" VT, so I am not looking for a home theater replacement. This family room OLED will primarily (probably exclusively) be used for streaming - netflix, Amazon prime etc. I really don't watch much of anything on discs, but if we did would do it upstairs in the media room.

I was leaning towards the Sonos Playbase. I know it gets a lot of hate here because of the optical only. For my needs, i.e. streaming and not needing to replace a full home theater which I have upstairs, will the optical only and the limited formats Sonos supports really be much of an issue? If so, what else should I look at in that price range that still looks good in a family room?

To start out with, I will probably wait and see how the TV's sound is, though I imagine I will find that lacking.
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Been looking at enough soundbars that I've had enough. Choosing a soundbar because the room I'm going with is not conducive to a different setup. (Open to other rooms on rear and one side, windows on the other, and TV on corner of front, yeah, not so much, huh)

Looked today at B&W Panorama 2. Sounded pretty good on movies, but I was a little unsure on the music side.

Here's what I'm considering:

Paradigm Soundscape w/ a sub. Not sure which one.
B&W Panorama 2 w/ a sub, possibly Martin Logan Dynamo 500

So in "I want my cake and eat it too"... What's the consensus on which has best (widest) soundstage, great dialogue, good musicality for 2 channel music, etcetera. Features like playfi or bluetooth are nice, but I think I can adapt either to at least get bluetooth.
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I am interested in a soundbar since I just realized I am not going to be able to work my previous Definitive Technology surround sound system work from my previous home. The room is about 30' wide x 15' deep, with the right side open to another room, and the left side a wall with a brick fireplace. Rear wall has a doorwall. Have a Samsung JS8500 55" TV that I watch mainly movies and sports on. I really did not have a set budget, just not familiar enough to know if I spend more am I going to get my moneys worth for what I am using it for and the room it will be in? Or what to necessarily look for.

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I ended up buying a Sony CT800 at Best Buy for $398. I had seen it on Groupon a couple of weeks ago for $299, but I wasn't able to buy yet.

Unfortunately I probably won't be able to set it up until Tuesday. I'm looking forward to testing it out.
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I ended up buying a Sony CT800 at Best Buy for $348. I had seen it on Groupon a couple of weeks ago for $299, but I wasn't able to buy yet.

Unfortunately I probably won't be able to set it up until Tuesday. I'm looking forward to testing it out.
I have these brackets from my old CT150 sound bar.

Sewell Direct Universal Soundbar Bracket https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00823170Y..._nFDwzbPDN9JCB

There's no reason why I can't screw the CT800 directly into these (once I reposition them to match the new mounting holes), correct? I was going to screw directly into the bar. It came with wedges for mounting directly to the wall, but I think screwing directly in from the brackets would be more secure.

Thoughts? I had expected the swapping of the sound bars would take about ten minutes and then I could work on rewiring. No such luck. I'm hoping to get of work early tomorrow so I can work on this.
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Hey guys. Ive been doing research and I have a headache.

We have the Samsung F8500. This is family room tv where we will watch netflix, tv shows, sports, and some movies. I am far from an audiophile, but need something without significant wires/hassle. We have some Sonos in the house already.

Deciding btw these 3 based on reviews
Sonos Playbase
Yamaha YAS 203
Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650

Any hints or ideas? Thanks
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Yea, I'm still in the same boat. My tv's speakers sound good, but only on news shows. When I play movies, or watch movies, same cable provider, the voices are harder to hear. Sucks.

I want a sound bar that has a wide view of sound, as it's an 80" tv. I had the Pioneer, but the sound stage was so narrow like it was a tiny speaker and it has NO SURROUND modes.

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Recently bought a new TV, and planning on eventually creating a real home cinema in the basement.

Upstairs we have a large living/dining area with a Samsung UN49KS8000 49" sitting in the corner using its stock speakers, and they're not really doing the job. We're happy with the screen size as we want to keep thing out of the way, but not at this much expense of sound quality.

Looking for a soundbar to make up the difference. I have a REL Strata III subwoofer I'd love to be able to hook up to the soundbar, but I'm not sure how easy that would be without separate components. Otherwise, we're looking for something up to any budget really, but 5.1 bells and whistles would begin to get in the way. Just a top quality main soundbar would do the trick -- with hook-up ability to an active subwoofer (speaker cable connections) a bonus.

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Hey guys. Ive been doing research and I have a headache.

We have the Samsung F8500. This is family room tv where we will watch netflix, tv shows, sports, and some movies. I am far from an audiophile, but need something without significant wires/hassle. We have some Sonos in the house already.

Deciding btw these 3 based on reviews
Sonos Playbase
Yamaha YAS 203
Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650

Any hints or ideas? Thanks
Since you already have Sonos in your house I don't see why you wouldn't want to go with the Sonos playbase.
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New Soundbar ideas?

I just bought the Samsung Q7C tv and want a new soundbar to go with it. I was wondering what the best soundbar is? I want something that has good quality sound and bass. I prefer something under 500 but would be willing to go up to the 800 or so range if the quality is really there. I have been looking at stuff such as the samsung ms650, lg sj8, and the JBL SB4. I do like the features of the samsung but not sure if there's enough bass without a subwoofer.
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* now in English *

I've noticed that when I boost the voice channel on the ct800 it sounds really tinny. I have a few more days for the return window and am trying to figure out what to do. I might be able to go up in budget a little bit if something is going to be clearer. If there was a truly wireless 5.1 option (rear speakers are wireless as well) that might be a better solution. They're also the option of adding BT speakers to this sound bar. I don't know if that will help.

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I'm going to give this one a try. The price is incredible. I'll have it tomorrow.

Sony HTST9 7.1 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and HDMI cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U78GFWW..._gfIzzb0PCMDG5

A lot of the reviews I've treat said that it was great, but not for the price. It's more than I wanted to spend, but it's something we use every day. Hopefully it will sound better than the CT800.
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Looking for some input and assistance from the forum...thanks in advance!

1) Need to replace my audio system (except my sub....SVS PC13 Ultra)
2) Smallish room (12' ft deep by 15' wide)
3) Looking for a soundbar/base or wireless system as I can't run speaker wire for the surrounds
4) I don't currently have a receiver

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Hello all,

Looking for a great sound bar + subwoofer system for my new home. The TV is a 75 inch Sony X940D mounted above the fireplace. The great room is fairly large and is an open layout to the kitchen with 12 feet ceiling. I'm looking for a system that can make enough sound for the room. Our watching habits is pretty much Netflix, Plex, PS4 and the occasional 4k bluray movie.

Was thinking about Sonos Playbar from recommendations from my brother in law, but if there's something better for me for the same price, I am all ears. I do not have an AV receiver and just connect the 4k player and PS4 via HDMI.

Thank you.


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I am looking for suggestion on a soundbar to accommodate and open family-room/kitchen. the room is 18 feet wide and 30 feet dept. There will be a TV mounted on the fireplace wall most likely a Sony XBR55 or 65x900. I have a Marantz receiver that will feed the TV but my wife does not want to see any wires so looks like a soundbar with a wireless sub. I will have the ceiling wired in both the family room and kitchen for speakers. I don't think I can use them for TV sound but just for music. The TV will be used for general news, cooking channel and sports. So what soundbar would be the best for this room?
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Hi guys! Im new here and need some help!!!

I have the opportunity to buy a soundbar and have 2 to choose.

Q Acoustics M4 or Harman Kardon SB26.

I really want the HK but i've read that bluetooth is always pairing and anybody can connect... is this right?
Is there any way to turn it off? I plan to use the soundbar with my TV!

Thanks in advance!!!
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I live in a smallish apartment. Currently have an Onkyo S3500 that's on it's last legs (hdmi ports, etc.). Realized that I just don't have the room for a full 5.1, let alone 7.1 system right now. Looking to purchase an Sonos Playbar in the near future. Is there something else I should consider? I think one thing I need is sound clarity. One thing I hated about my Onkyo HITB is that it drowned out voices a lot and I constantly had to adjust the speaker cal. Suggestions?
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Hey I'm looking for a rather inexpensive soundbar to sit in front of a TCL P607 on a TV stand. One that wont obstruct the screen. So a slim design. Also will turn on with the TV and can be used with one remote if possible. The most important thing is sound clarity in scenes that are dialogue heavy but doesn't get overly loud during loud scenes.

Budget $500 CDN or roughly $350-400 USD. If sold in Canada that's a plus.
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Hi guys! Im new here and need some help!!!



I have the opportunity to buy a soundbar and have 2 to choose.



Q Acoustics M4 or Harman Kardon SB26.



I really want the HK but i've read that bluetooth is always pairing and anybody can connect... is this right?

Is there any way to turn it off? I plan to use the soundbar with my TV!



Thanks in advance!!!


Hi ,
Yesterday I was at a friend place listening to the M4... impressive very clean sound especially when playing music,
At times I thought it outperformed my sonos playbase


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A friend in Germany is looking for soundbar options around EUR 500. He shortlisted Sony HT-MT500... would that be a good choice, or does Germany have better options? He isn't a brand snob, so that shouldn't be an issue. Internet search came up with Canton, is that a good alternative? Any other brands I should recommend he look at? Thanks.
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OK, so here's what I'm down to....

TV: LGOLED65C7P (4K UHD, Dolby Atmos)

Soundbar 'Final' Options:
LG SJ9 - $900
Samsung HW-K950 - $950
Samsung HW-MS750 - $700

Was liking the Bose 300 and Sonos Playbar, but no 4K pass thru is really bothering me

Based on various posts on AVS, think I'm leaning K950 - especially at this price.
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Hi guys, looking for a recommendation here.

I will be hooking up a Samsung UN49MU7000 to the corner of the living room using a full motion wall mount bracket (similar to Kanto M300). The soundbar will be attached to the bracket as well, under the TV. My initial plan was to buy a Samsung HW-M550 (bar + wireless subwoofer) keeping open the option to eventually get the Samsung SWA-8500S rear kit in the future (~200$ CAD).

At a local electronics store, the seller has shown me the Yamaha YAS-106 soundbar with built-in subwoofer. I have to admit that the sound was great and I did like the idea of not having an external subwoofer sitting on the floor. Since then, I have read a little more on Yamaha soundbars, and I am hesitating over my options. I have read that the YSP-1600 does have 5.1 (instead of 2.1 on the YAS-106) and the sound is supposed to be better, but I am not sure the price difference really justifies.

1. Samsung HW-M550 (~400$ CAD)
2. Yamaha YAS-106 (~300$ CAD) or better the updated version YAS-107 (~330$ CAD, not available everywhere)
3. Yamaha YSP-1600 (~500$-600$ CAD)

What do you guys think?
My initial budget was 300$-400$ but if I can get the YSP-1600 at 500$, I might consider it if it's really worth it. Any other suggestions?
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