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post #1411 of 1421 Old 08-23-2017, 06:26 AM
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Hello,

I just got a tcl 55p605 4k hdr tv. I am also getting the xbox one x. I am looking to pickup a soundbar and my max budget is $200. I have 2 cats so I don't want cords that a multi speaker setup would have. I want a soundbar that will also let me connect to it with my iphone. I want to be able to connect the xbox one x to it directly. I am no audiophile and when I ask for comparisons I only have my old ihome tower speaker that is about 4-5 feet to go by. I have limited mobility so I can't go to a store to check soundbars out. I am a little hard of hearing but my wife is not so she will notice the subtle sounds better then me. I don't plan to hang it on the wall due to our plaster walls. If I could safely hang it via command strips then I would do that.
This will be for our living room. How many times better can I expect the soundbar to be vs my tv speakers. Like 3x or 4x? While $200 may be low for speakers to me for just a speaker that is a lot so I want to make sure it's a big improvement over the tv speakers. Right now I am leaning towards the Yamaha Yas-107. The 106 seems to be highly praised and this is a updated version. I have read about it and it should support the hdr and 4k that my xbox one x will output. I don't know anything about dolby atmos or DTS X (sp? ). So in closing how would this be compared to my old ihome tower I used to have and how much better is this then my tv speakers. Also is this the best one to pick for my price? Thanks for any help you could provide.
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Hi Everyone.
I'm a newbie here, moving into a new house and to save my marriage, I have to get rid of my Onkyo THX receiver and Polk THX speakers. I have a 24x24 living and just purchased a 65" LG 4K OLED (OMG, it is soooooo goood), first time I am looking at soundbars and need some recommendations on the best one I can get. I undertand that I won't be getting anything remotely close to the performance of my old setup but I do want one that is home theater worthy. I watch lots of blurays and netflix. After doing some research, I narrowed my search down to 4 options:
1. Creative Sonic Carrier. 15.2ch. Has Dolby Atmos. $5,799. https://us.creative.com/soniccarrier/
Pros:
-Has 17 speaker drivers and a single subwoofer with 2x10" drivers.
-dolby atmos
-website says it can go up to 2000W
Cons:
-Ridiculous price
-only one sub
-simulated surround
-no reviews
-$150 for shipping and have to pay returned shipping if I don't like it

2. Sony HTST5000. 7.1.2ch. Has Dolby Atmos. $1,299. https://www.sony.com/electronics/sound-bars/ht-st5000
Pros:
-dolby atmos
-Has Hi-res audio and Chromecast. Great for playing music as well as movies.

Cons:
-No DTS support? Saw reviews from Amazon that there is no DTS support for now, until a future firmware upgrade.
-simulated surround

3. Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra. 9.2ch or 7.2. Has DTSX. $1,099. https://www.nakamichi-usa.com/shockwafe-ultra-preorder and https://www.nakamichi-usa.com/shockwafe-elite-preorder
Pros:
-two 10" wirless subs!!!!!
-4 rear speakers, modular
-reviews decent on their 7.1 model on amazon
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019RD7LY8
-DTS:X and true surround
Cons:
-No up-firing speakers or Dolby Atmos
-no reviews

4. Samsung HW-K950/ZA. Has Dolby Atmos $1,197. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-HW-K9...+k950+soundbar
Pros:
-dolby atmos
-4 upfiring speakers and rear wirless speakers
-reviews quite good on their 7.1 model on amazon

Cons:
-3.3 star reviews on Amazon


I am pretty sure I will not buy the Sonic Carrier without seeing any reviews so I will probably choose between the Sony or Nakamichi. What are your thoughts? Is having true surround vs simulated surround a big deal? Is there a better option out there?
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Decisions decisions

Hi Folks – I am a sound bar newbie and wanted to make a good decision on purchasing one. I have a 55” Sony XBR7 TV and want to get something done about the sound. I have been reading and researching to the point that I am lost. Reviews on some of the ones I am interested in (i.e. Sony HT-NT5 user reviews and WONT buy) are scary and makes me hesitant about taking the plunge. Don’t want something that will give me trouble weeks or months into the future; prefer something that is reliable and satisfying to own. My price range is $100-600 . I have a Blu-ray player and Directv Genie as inputs. HDMI would be great since all the cords are there and waiting to be plugged in. But, I would consider something else if need be. My speaker height will have to be about 2.5 inches or less since the TV is on a cabinet. Any thoughts?
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Hi Folks – I am a sound bar newbie and wanted to make a good decision on purchasing one. I have a 55” Sony XBR7 TV and want to get something done about the sound. I have been reading and researching to the point that I am lost. Reviews on some of the ones I am interested in (i.e. Sony HT-NT5 user reviews and WONT buy) are scary and makes me hesitant about taking the plunge. Don’t want something that will give me trouble weeks or months into the future; prefer something that is reliable and satisfying to own. My price range is $100-600 . I have a Blu-ray player and Directv Genie as inputs. HDMI would be great since all the cords are there and waiting to be plugged in. But, I would consider something else if need be. My speaker height will have to be about 2.5 inches or less since the TV is on a cabinet. Any thoughts?
You may want to consider increasing your budget.

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You may want to consider increasing your budget.
His budget is up to $600. Nothing appropriate fits under that?
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With the XBR he purchased, IMO, I thought a higher grade soundbar with sub might be better. I do err by not mentioning a sub.

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Does anyone know where I can listen to a Creative Sonic Carrier Soundbar?
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Hey All I am coming from a onkyo receiver with 2 front speakers and a center speaker. I was never able to get the full 5.1 setup and I am by no means an audiophile. I am looking to get rid of my entertainment center and just have my tv with a soundbar under it. Looking to spend under $400 my tv is a 65" Samsung KS8000. Thoughts? Just looking on amazon I was looking at the Sony CT800 or the Samsung HW-K650. Friend of mine told me I dont need to worry about any 4k stuff on a soundbar because ARC will pass all the audio to the tv inputs. Any help/suggestions would be great.
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Hey All I am coming from a onkyo receiver with 2 front speakers and a center speaker. I was never able to get the full 5.1 setup and I am by no means an audiophile. I am looking to get rid of my entertainment center and just have my tv with a soundbar under it. Looking to spend under $400 my tv is a 65" Samsung KS8000. Thoughts? Just looking on amazon I was looking at the Sony CT800 or the Samsung HW-K650. Friend of mine told me I dont need to worry about any 4k stuff on a soundbar because ARC will pass all the audio to the tv inputs. Any help/suggestions would be great.
First, I would not believe my friend and secondly after purchasing such a nice television I would suggest you also buy a really good soundbar. Many good brands and models.

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First, I would not believe my friend and secondly after purchasing such a nice television I would suggest you also buy a really good soundbar. Many good brands and models.
Budget is budget.
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I certainly understand.

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